The Making Colour exhibition is on at the National Gallery until Sunday so you should go this weekend really. I went today because I heard so much about it and I didn’t want to miss it. It is curated in a very clever way with each section comprising a selection of paintings in which a single colour is dominant, leading the audience through the ways and techniques its been used. With different examples in each room, you will travel around Art History seeing the different use of the colours in an attractive and smart exhibition. Do the cinema experience at the end, and you will definitely change the way you think about how we perceive colours and lighting.
I’m fascinated by these paintings by Eli Gabriel Halpern. I have a secret love for masks, I have a collection which my husband hates and won’t let me display on the wall, so at the moment they live in boxes. These strange creatures that Eli paints have all their faces covered, or maybe they are creatures from the woods? I don’t know, but it makes my imagination spin immensely. I want to know more about these characters and their lives, why they are gardening? Definitely a world worthy of further exploration guided by the hand of Eli Gabriel Halpern.
Paul Lemmon invites you to a tour into London’s night life. He works from his own photography, acquired whilst soaking up the culture and colour of city life, an indispensable part of his painting process. The way he takes pictures is essential to achieving cinematic dynamism – shooting ‘from the hip’, utilising odd angles, severe cropping and incorrect exposures. His artwork is colourful, dynamic, seductive and invites the viewer to imagine the scene and desire to know what happens next. A noticeably voyeuristic tone, perhaps connecting with the contemporary obsession with the hidden camera and fly-on-the-wall observation, is a strong point in his striking paintings.
What I love about Scottish artist Mackie‘s artwork is the combination of humour and irony with an incredibly fine, well painted, almost perfect technique.
His new works called “Abandoned Dollhouses” are colourful images and, if you look at them closely, you see mega images of well known pieces of art as part of the “doll house”.
Some of these houses look on the outside like they came out of a Hitchcock movie but are amazingly playful on the inside.
Always amusing the viewer, he achieves perfectly the engagement with the spectator, surprising us almost every time.
In his statement he says:
“As the story goes, Paul McCartney woke up with the song “Yesterday” buzzing about his head. He seemed to have written it entirely during his sleep. On the presumption that he had heard it before he sang it to the rest of the band, who informed him it wasn’t an old song. It was a bloody good new one.
I had a similar experience in that my subconscious helped me with my idea.
Having worked on this idea for five months, it still appeared to be going nowhere. I was stuck on using chiaroscuro toys and iconic horror buildings, like the hotel from “The Shining”, but I couldn’t finalise the idea. Realising that I had become too enamoured by their presence I scrapped the concept. A few days later I woke up, suddenly clear that rather than abandoning the concept, I should in fact abandon the toys and and the horror film locations, leaving an unusually empty, anonymous architecture. A great place to begin.”
Lynn Painter Stainers
Mall Galleries, SW1, London
17- 22 March
Spring Showcase 2014
The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Rd, SW8 4BU
25-31 March 2014
I don’t usually like magical or gothic paintings but these ones captivated me. Tom Bagshaw represents mystery and secrets in his paintings. They are just breath taking.
In his manifesto he says: “For his personal work he has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism. While his work deals with imaginative content, it also aims for a strong level of realism in its presentation. Feminine beauty and portraiture play a large role in his work, but the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they are strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them.”
Hazel Mountford is an animal artist. Her current work is focused on the wildlife of Great Britain both past and present and the evolving relationship of space between humans and animals. They are painted life-size in acrylic on angled gesso panels. I love the irregular panels where she paints the animals, they look like they are moving, they give the sensation they are moving. She will be exhibiting in Singapore and at Wimbledon Art Studios at the end of November.
I remember the first time I saw his paintings, I think it was 3 years ago. I fell in love with his art immediately, fascinated by the use of lights and contrast. Alex Rennie can paint the essence of a night out very well and London has a different taste though his eyes. He will be exhibiting at Wimbledon Art Studios from November 21st to the 24th.
I am not a fan of abstract painting but I love the work of Kjell Folkvord. Originally from Norway, Kjell works in London at the moment.
His paintings are so colourful and full of life that they make me want to sing and dance. They are happy, and I am a happy person so maybe that is why I love them. You can see imaginary little worlds there, they are fantastic
In his artistic statement he says “My paintings are usually colourful. The colours are the letters in my painting’s language. They are syllables more than they represent reality in the world. I usually try to tell a story, and the image I have in my mind or memory, in my emotional layers. And when I do paint and work with a colour, this colour starts asking for a friend of his and I have to find it, or mix it. This is perhaps humanising the colours but that is how I sometimes feel.”
I discovered this Russian Artist today, Ivan Alifan, love it, eye-catching and captivating images. He has something to say, don’t you think?