Date(s) - 19/07/2019 - 21/07/2019
The Copper House Gallery
Opening Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm.
The Copper House Gallery presents Summer Colour Explosion, a duo exhibition by palette knife artist Jean Lowndes and artist Jennifer Hart.
The exhibition will feature oil based paintings from both artists, starring vibrant colours and naturalistic motifs that reflect their interests and influences.
Lowndes began painting in 1996. Her paintings, predominantly consisting of oil on canvas, depict an impasto technique to draw on picturesque landscapes. Her tactile layering of paint is instantly recognisable, as arrays of primary colours are often mixed and merged, adding depth and texture to the canvas. Her profound love of nature is inextricably linked to her work, hence the settings she witnesses inform the act of painting. In the past, Lowndes has transformed coastal and woodland scenes into sculptural-like still lifes using this distinctive repertoire, challenging conventional picture making and inviting the viewer to engage with the work. Her paintings evoke an emotional experience and have been described in the past as ‘calming’, this can be seen in the rhythm of her knife strokes. However, this new body of work deploys a more vigorous development in her practice. Featuring experimental abstract paintings as well as her familiar scenic scapes, this new collection of work will expose a virtuosic handling of colour – spotlighting strong yellows, sky blues, pinks and lively greens. The exhibit invites viewers to explore these buoyant summer themes and experience this development in her career.
With a combined background in textile studies and interior design, Hart’s arresting paintings demonstrate a rich measure of abstract versaitility. All at once, her work embodies figurative, landscape and still life images. She translates her observations of the world around her into pure colour and spontaneous realism. She absorbs these everyday scenes and confounds expectations with non-naturalistic results, creating an occasionally phantasmagorical element in her work. Her large imposing canvases draw the viewer in with their majesty as they beam hues of pinks and purples across city, land and seascapes. Sunset Over the Bay (2019), one of Hart’s latest works that will anchor the show, eschews any strict descriptive method of painting and instead presents us with surreal expressionism. An expanse of purple occupies the surrounding view of the landscape, directing the line of sight to the centre revealing spots of light and colour. Hart’s work is constantly evolving and this painting is indicative of yet another progressive transition in her oeuvre.