Our gallery is aiming to re-open on 30th July 2020, but with a general show of work. It is possible that members will submit works originally intended for the Schism exhibition show on this site at this time but not guaranteed.
As such it seems to me that this body of work shown here on line, will remain the only format that this work will be seen together. If the exhibition does appear physically in the future, new pieces may be added while others are sold and so no longer available for public display.
Apologies if I suggested that this site was a preview of a forthcoming attraction, as increasingly it has become an attraction in itself.
This feels very current at the moment. We are reliant on experts to advise best practice on the Coronavirus , yet the experts can’t agree and opinion is split hence the physical dividing up of the word and sharp cracks and fissures in the painting. The bright orange is reminiscent of how covid 19 is being portrayed.
Love will tear us apart.
In this piece I drew in charcoal and pastel two separate reclining nudes and tore them out of their backgrounds and then put them in juxtaposing positions and created a rip line between them to suggest separation, discord, ‘tearing apart’. With the virus we are all feeling torn apart from our loved ones who ever they may be. However maybe the white floaty suggestion of fabric entwining them both perhaps leaves some hope they can reconnect again and all is not yet lost.
In ‘Faiths Divided’ I have given the suggestion of different places of worship all juxtaposed together against a bright swirling stormy night sky that suggests lightening or possibly a conflagration. In the foreground are lit up grave stones reminding us that human life is not eternal. We cannot protect ourselves against death. The schism is the fracture between the faiths in society that leads to a visual ‘ clashing of symbols’ , disunity and turbulence. The ideas for the colours and backgrounds were inspired by John Pipers paintings where he often did dramatic skies and colour palettes eg in his painting ‘ Gothic Folly’ . Piper often had religious buildings and derelict buildings as a theme and I used the Folly at Stowe as a starting point for my painting.
Schism on the shoreline . I painted and ripped lots of different papers and collaged them together to create an indication of sea and shore line. I then added more paint and pastel to help bring the collaged layers together and help create movement. Land and sea seem to be the main physical division or natural schism of our world and the key elements that make up the planet. The message I wish to convey is we have to respect the wildness of the oceans and the natural habitat of the shore to preserve our planet for future generations.
So here we are in lockdown. Hope you are all coping as well as possible. Well here's some nice pictures to cheer you up! This blog will keep you posted on any developments with the gallery and its artists. I will badger my colleagues to contribute thoughts on their work and any news they wish to share.
We will meet again - as someone famous once said.
- Andrew N