This exhibition presents accomplished artists Janet Keith and Katherine St Angelo and their inventive paintings inspired by landscapes and nature. Both artists are drawn to natural surroundings – their shapes, colours and lights, and maintain visual references to them. Yet, they adopt two different takes on this common source of inspiration, and using their imagination, intuition or emotions, they depict distinctive abstract or semi-abstract pieces.
Janet Keith’s abstract paintings can echo natural scenes. They can remind one of the dazzling colours and the joyful rebirth of nature during spring and summer or of the cooler hues and peace of the colder seasons. Dynamic compositions alternate with calmer ones which seem to mirror the movements or stillness of different places. However, these visual references to nature are not explicit or intentional. Above all her works capture her blend of intuitive and structured way of making art, preoccupied with creating balanced, harmonious and vibrant compositions and not with realistic representations.
Katherine St Angelo’s semi-abstract mixed media works bear stronger resemblance to landscapes, as they often evoke dramatic distant views of open spaces, the textures of the earth and the drifting of clouds. Visual connections to landscapes, are accompanied by emotional ones too, as the artist intends to powerfully conjure and convey moods and feelings she experienced when immersed in natural surroundings. Her intense atmospheric paintings certainly invite the viewer to recognise natural sceneries and respond to them emotionally.
The artworks by Janet Keith and Katherine St Angelo brought together in this exhibition highlight how contemporary artists continue to look at landscapes and nature, while using their unique artistic processes and style to create original works.
This two-person exhibition is curated by Francesca Biondi, Art Director and Curator at Gallery 545 in collaboration with the artists.
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Meet the artist, Gallery 545, Belfast – Saturday 22 May, 2-4pm
Virtual Exhibition Tour, Live on Instagram – Saturday 29 May, 10am
Artworks can be viewed and purchased online, at virtual private viewings (video calls) or in person at Gallery 545. For enquiries and private viewings contact Francesca firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 7960 130414.
Visiting the exhibition in person – We would be delighted to welcome you at Gallery 545! No booking required. There will be measures in place because of Covid-19 to keep visitors safe.
Janet Keith, Hot Salsa, 2019, acrylic and ink on board, 51 x 76 cm
Katherine St Angelo, Balance, 2021, acrylic paint and fabrics on linen mounted on panel, 50 x 50 cm
About the artists
Janet Keith lives and works between County Down and Sussex and she has extensively exhibited both in Northern Ireland and England. Her paintings are in several private collections around the world. Recently they have been bought for the public collection of the NI Civil Service and awarded at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. More info at gallery545.com/collections/janet-keith
Katherine St Angelo is originally from the United States and has worked and lived in Belfast for several years. Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in numerous shows in Northern Ireland. They are also held in private collections and the collections of the World Museum, Liverpool and the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. More info at gallery545.com/collections/katherine-st-angelo
About Gallery 545 – Gallery 545 is an online and pop-up gallery specialising in contemporary art of Northern Ireland and offering a special selection of affordable artworks created by talented artists based here. The gallery celebrates the creativity of emerging and more established artists across the region and supports their practice providing a curated platform where they can showcase and sell their works. Having an online presence, but also pop-up exhibitions, the gallery brings art to a wide range of people with different tastes and budgets who love contemporary art, and makes it easier for them to access, discover and collect art works. More info at gallery545.com/.