i. Busy week at work hanging end of year exhibitions and displays. Managed to get into the print studio this weekend…
ii. Rebecca Harper Chameleon. Can’t visit (it’s in Cornwall) but exciting to see someone painting everyday scenes (Comprised of fictional and real reference material) getting attention by critics. In an essay: ‘With their strong visual vocabulary, the paintings tap into the prevailing mood of the artist’s generation with its wistful introspection and nostalgia for the ostensibly simpler past.’
“I believe that art and life are synchronised, that we learn about life and its events by discovering ourselves, and that equally we learn about ourselves after having endured life,” says London born and based painter Rebecca Harper “My works are… a reflection of the time we are living in”
iii. Nettle Grellier in Bristol. Playful, fun paintings. Gutted that the show finished just before I’d be able to go and see it! I love the text she has written about her work:
These paintings are about feeling a sense of intimacy and safety against the turbulence and disjointedness of Society in our restless world. That’s not to say I want these paintings to be about putting your head in the sand, but to unite in kindness and support for one another, and these paintings aim to show that by depicting expressions of tenderness and friendship.
Whilst the subjects are personal, I want them to be familiar to anyone. I use a dictionary of colour combinations as I find the limitation a useful aid in keeping the figures from becoming heavy and overworked. Bare feet, hands doing gentle tasks: absorbed figures who are comfortable in the close presence of the other subjects. I like the bodies to fill the canvas and feel at ease with each other.