Works on Paper | 15th – 26th February
Works on Paper
15th – 26th February 2023
Preview Night: 15th February, 6:00 – 8:30pm
10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday
12 – 6pm Sunday
“In my work I try to capture the intensity of being in the rural landscape around Cambridge, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Its scale and emptiness can be beautiful and benign. But hurrying to get out of some wood as darkness falls, or the rapture of being immersed in forest, fields or sky can be a different and overwhelming experience. Writer Robert Macfarlane said, “we go into darkness to see.” At dawn or dusk, when the world can feel somehow other, the intensity of the landscape is multiplied. It is the feeling of these moments that I try to communicate. My work primarily uses black ink, either as fine pen, sprayed, or printing ink – dead matt – applied with roller or finger. I try to record the subtle shifts in darkness and tone to reveal the memory of that place, that moment.”
“My work consists mainly of etchings, collages, water paintings, nijimi and drawings. The making of these is for me possibility to express my deepest feelings. In my work, the pure line remains for me the most important medium. Both a scholarship for a visit to Japan and lessons of a Chinese teacher have been very helpful in this aspect. The questions about the truth of images, news, is for me a continuous effort to express, my own vision in themes that concern me. Which values of me, and others define our interpretation of reality. The human standard is based on interests, money, and I try to express the consequences of these in my work. Most of the themes in my work are focused on the continuous suppression and exhaustion of nature by human beings. The effect of our overbearing economy-Thomas Rau- has daily consequences, which we can see and feel, climate change plastic soup, fine dust, disappearing of the biodiversity.
Based in Southwest Scotland, Mary-Clare takes inspiration from her stunning surroundings. She works mainly in watercolour and her flower paintings are vibrant and dynamic. All Mary-Clare’s work exhibited have been carefully selected to catch the eye and spur imagination. It is hoped that each painting leaves an impression, which is hard to forget.
“All my work is created by hand, using only a pair of scissors, scalpel, and glue. One of my main inspirations is nature and the ever-changing landscapes around me. I love to visit new places with my camera or sketchbook to capture new ideas and always find myself considering what types of paper to layer, or the best way to snip with the scissors to depict a specific texture. Most of the paper used in my pieces is recycled, whether saved from the bin and given to me, scraps from leftover projects or shop bought recycled paper. I make use of bold, vibrant colours to capture a more playful and whimsical atmosphere to my work. I have explored this more for this series, with the aim of creating a more fantastical impression; a play on our nostalgic emotions connected to home. Home: it means something different to everyone. For some, it is the house they were raised in, for others it is being surrounded by their favourite things. Some of us feel most at home surrounded by nature or while travelling – carrying our home with us. As we have all heard before; home is where the heart is. My aim is to highlight the diverse and wondrous places and creatures surrounding us; to inspire and motivate as we all work together towards saving our collective home… Planet Earth.”
Ethel Zlotnik is a Mexican-Polish artist based in Toronto. She started sketching when studying Industrial Design in Mexico. She continued developing her illustration skills by her own as she’s eager about communicating and interpreting the world through sketches and illustrations. Currently, she’s a Sr User Experience Designer at TD Bank and keeps her passion for illustration within her work and personal life.
My artwork seeks to portray in a simple and colourful manner my interpretation of a life between different cultures and people. For this exposition, I have created 3 small collections: “People of Cancun”, “People of Toronto”, and “Everyday objects”.
Each of the people collections explore the varying relationships I make sense of from different cultures and their everyday characters and interactions. All pieces represent a person I’ve come across in these places and that have impacted me, even for a moment. I aimed to represent them through the shapes and colours they depicted.
The objects collection showcases a series of “everyday objects” I’ve come to assign a greater meaning to. Each piece is an introspection into what I consider uplifting objects I surround myself with. I illustrate them as colourful and playful as I’ve come to believe, some objects, play a greater personal role in our everyday lives.
I commonly use a variety of materials and mediums to create my work (mainly digital). However, for these collections I chose to use crayons in a postcard format as it is my aim that these characters and objects accompany whoever owns them through their life and adventures. They were not created to stay at one place, just as we humans.
My great Love in art is line drawing using the mixed media of pen & ink, pencil, and watercolor crayons. Life drawing is my favoured subject matter but being surrounded by the welsh marches countryside, nature features heavily also.
Specializing in figurative narrative art, Toronto based Victoria General’s work often focuses on a figurative narrative theme, and she incorporates her life-long love of literature and history into her practice while utilizing various mediums. Often tongue- in-cheek, General captures a sense of fragility in the featured, anonymous characters. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively internationally and is in private collections globally.
Hell Gómez was born in Cartago, Colombia. She has lived and worked in Buenos Aires since 2012 where she graduated in graphic design in 2016.
She says: “When I start a work, I focus on the process not thinking what the result will be. I draw some points that guide me on the paper and from there I mix and join them to include humanoid faces, cats, skulls, eyes, and geometric figures which always accompany my creations. I like that my works are visually chaotic, that they don’t make sense, they have disorder but find an equilibrium at the same time. The feeling in each stroke is inspired by psychedelia, geometry, science fiction, architecture and always accompanied by music.”
“My favourite tools are marker pens of different sizes; full fields of black give definition and fine lines give visual texture. My creations are inexplicable, they are a visual journey for the eye and stimulate thoughts and questions in the mind, the result is always an enigma, even for me.”
Victoria MacBrayne is a British artist who prints under the name Tartan Crab which was derived from the nick name given to members of the Royal Air Force by the other services. Victoria has served in the RAF for 20 years and now lives with her family on the west coast of Scotland, a place that influences and inspires most of her work. She is self-taught, beginning only in 2021 when she used Lino cutting and printing as therapy while sick and recovering from covid, long covid and post viral fatigue. This is her first exhibition.
The Storm Within:
The cutting of profiles became fashionable around 1770 and was a fast and popular way to capture someone’s likeness until the age of photographs. Profiles now are technicolored and regularly updated, but what do you really know of a person from their profile? Often there is a storm within, lying under the surface, hidden by clouds, or maybe the full strength of it can be felt if not seen. These profiles use the fast-changing nature of the sky and sea to depict some of the emotions felt by women under their profiles in all seasons of their lives. Professional women, girls, wives, mothers, high achievers, hardly getting byers, stood in the spotlight, the sidelines, crushed and broken, and women who have seen and done it all before.
Anne’s journey into art started very late in life. At 55years her career as a Police Officer was cut short dramatically after a car crash left her crippled in her left hand. For her mental well-being she taught herself to draw, two years later she’s an award-winning artist with her art adorning homes as far as America.
British, born of army parents her schooling was sporadic.
Her art has been exhibited at “Under the Rainbow Events” in Bluewater and twice at “the Holy Art Gallery” in London both in 2022.
Anne’s art is typically realism with a twist carrying messages of duality and emotion.
She asks the viewer to look once then twice! The message being different to everyone.
She loves colour but is also fascinated by black and white and the nuances of subtlety created.
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