SOLO EXHIBITION “Point of View" - A painterly examination of Landscape and Still Life’’
WHEN: Wednesday 1 April - 30 May 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday 6 APRIL 6-8 PM
WHERE: Community Bank Darling Square
Shop NE12, 11 Little Pier Street (Crn of Little Pier and Harbour Streets)
HAYMARKET NSW 2000
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This examination of the genres of landscape and still life draws its title from the idea of looking at or into a subject or an artwork. I often find myself wondering how an artist came to view a particular landscape or other pictorial object and how this influenced their art practice. For many years now I have painted what I see before me, particularly when painting outside, en plein air, and I use as still life subjects, objects and flora that exist in the real world, as opposed to a photograph.
I consider my point of view carefully and move around the subject matter to find the most appealing aspect such as the search for an unusual composition. and in some cases, a breakdown of form creates an interesting disturbance in the view. I then put paint to the surface immediately and start by marking down the most important viewpoints from my perspective.
The colour choice of the ground is integral to my practice. I use the colour of the surface sometimes the natural white, sometimes painted in a variety of tones to create the first layer of the painting. In this instance, it is possible to then use the ground as negative space, by letting it show through in various areas.
In my work colour and line express the atmosphere and my emotions experienced in that place, often choosing pinks in amongst the olive greens in my landscapes and yellows in my still life.
I see olives and pinks as the primary colours in the Australian bush and yellow is such a happy colour and is probably inspired by Van Gogh and William Turner, artists that I see as having broken new ground in their manner of ‘seeing’ a subject from their own particular point of view and who used a great deal of yellow in their work.
My paintings also explore the use of surface texture through an accumulation of layered acrylic paint to express my experience of the subject in a painterly manner. There are often large brush strokes, as well as broken and diagonal marks which give an impression of movement and create an interesting visual disturbance in the artwork.
I am English by birth but after leaving the UK at the age of three, I have become a citizen of the world and have been fortunate to have travelled widely, enjoying the art and cultures of different countries while being a proud Australian.
Art has been a passion for my whole life, I studied Art and Art History at first level at high school and I have undertaken many workshops and classes over the years. Life led me to have a career in medicine while continuing to draw, paint and silkscreen print textiles. Due to my job which included international travel, I explored and studied both modern and ancient art experientially at the source.
Now retired, I create full time, painting in acrylics, oils and gouache. I take delight in presenting the world in unusual ways; I am known for creating ‘fantasy’ still life paintings in a landscape. This will often include beautiful objets d’art, native and exotic flowers and birds in vibrant colours. I like to create a ‘narrative’ for the viewer to discover.
As a member of an arts collective in a rural community, my passion is also to help others to discover their creativity and so run classes, workshops and art retreats. I take groups regularly to France and England to enjoy the art of the masters and experience new cultures. My desire is to experience the beauty of human creativity and to share it with others.
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