I am delighted that my work is now being shown at The Hidden Gallery in Bristol. Info here 

You are here

“You are here” follows a long legacy of the human form as part of the landscape.  Mythology in cultures the world over give examples of ancestors, giants and even mythical animals who have been turned into mountains, stones, rivers and other natural forms.
More of us live in cities than ever before but we escape back to nature in huge numbers for holidays or a day out.  Back in the landscape we feel free and more in touch with who we are.  It is a deeply rooted connection that is as strong as ever in spite of the huge changes we have imposed on the landscape.  We are not separate from it - how could we be?  It is part of us, just as much as we are part of it.
In these paintings I am trying to convey that feeling of connection, that essence of space and timelessness.
This is part of the story of us, part of our connection to nature and the land we live in that reminds us that we are - always and forever - here.

Pieces from the Exhibition

The paintings are graphite, charcoal, pigment and ink with gesso on an acrylic ground on canvas.  Some have oil glazes.  All are 36” x 36”

Holy Ice

Myths which are believed in tend to become true

George Orwell

Holy Ice

I first heard about the legend of the crystal skulls many years ago. I can’t remember now why I became so curious to know more about them, but previously I had painted a series of paintings of the human skull so perhaps it was the combination of those together with a long held love of mineral stones, and a more than passing interest in quantum physics (finding it both utterly fascinating and completely incomprehensible in equal parts) that drew me to start researching their story. A friend told me about the legend of the skulls from the Native American Indian perspective and he suggested I read “Legend of the Crystal Skulls” by Chris Morton and Ceri Louis Thomas which is a compelling account of their journey and extensive research into the story.

Over the past two years I have been working on the twelve paintings that form my tribute to the myth of the crystal skulls which I have called “Holy Ice”. Deliberately not doing the 13th as that seemed to dishonour the legend, each painting seemed to be a different experience. I started very cautiously with the first few, often scraping the painting back completely and starting again, and again…..and again, some taking months to resolve.

Often I would sit in front of a painting for what seemed like hours, almost waiting for it to reveal its individual character, and perhaps it’s whimsical to say that each one seemed to take on their own character as I worked on them, but characters they have certainly become.

Pieces from the Exhibition

* The paintings are on linen canvas on robust stretchers and measure 90cm square. Most are gesso and oil, one is acrylic and pastel.

N.B. Many thanks to Michael Kilcooley of Meantime Media for the video, and to Stefan Cartwright for the soundtrack on the video which comes from his Quiet Illumination CD.

The Black Paintings

The Black Paintings are a continuation of my work from the Extreme Poses Life Class with Paul Fowler at Pegasus Arts. They are my immediate response to the extraordinary poses the models can achieve. They seem to have a sense of power and freedom with no boundaries, to be part of space itself.

They are on 90cm square canvas and are mostly charcoal and pastel on an acrylic ground. They are set in ash frames which have been hand painted and placed under museum quality UV resistant glass to avoid fading and reflection. The overall measurement is finally 96 cm square.

Drawings

Previous Exhibition

This exhibition was held at The Printmakers’ Gallery next door to my studio in Griffin Mill at the end of October 2015, and the paintings were based on the Extreme Poses Life Class held by Paul Fowler at Pegasus Arts.

I was absolutely delighted with everyone’s response to the work, and as a result I sold nearly every one.

24 Oct Saturday 2015 Location:
Griffin Mill, Stroud, GL5 2AZ

The Imaginary Body

Author: Susan Stewart

"The body presents the paradox of contained and container at once. Thus our attention continually focused upon the boundaries or limits of the body; known from an exterior, the limits of the body as object, known from an interior, the limits of its physical extension into space."

Pieces from the Exhibition

* These works are charcoal, graphite, pastel, ink and acrylic on 90cm square canvases.

Contact

Griffin Mill
London Road
Thrupp
Stroud
Glos
GL5 2AZ

 

07554 455775

 

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