Month: October 2014

New exhibition at 35 North – Sea Marks by Philippa Stanton

Philippa Stanton and I have worked together several times in the past – I absolutely love her work and I am constantly fascinated by her range and versatility as an artist. The first exhibition I worked on with her was called PerSona and featured her voice paintings of a whole range of well known names – from Radio 4’s wonderful Charlotte Green (voted The Most Attractive Female Voice on the Radio) to the husky tones of actress Greta Scacchi. Philippa is a synaesthetic artist and often uses this unique capacity to create beautiful abstract paintings. You can find out more here http://www.philippastanton.com/index.php/about but in a nutshell synaesthesia allows Philippa to experience sound, taste and smell in shape, colour and texture resulting in work of extraordinary depth and intensity.

Philippa’s new exhibition offers something completely different and I am so excited that she has chosen 35 North as its first home. Sea Marks captures Philippa’s emotional response to the sheer size and indifference of the ocean as well as the great human endurance and spirit experienced whilst trying to work with it. Her work incorporates the elements of the sea most significant to her – weather, fear and vastness as well as hope, beauty and calm. The exhibition comprises the whole of Philippa’s painting process including textural studies and sketches which feels very appropriate since it was a sketch that I fell in love with at her house one day that first sparked the idea of an exhibition of this work.

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Philippa will also be exhibiting her still life photographs for which she has been cultivating a global following on Instagram as her alter ego,@5ftinf. She currently has over 360,000 followers!! She describes her still life photographs as visual poetry or haiku, which develop from feelings rather than meanings and often reflect ideas she is working on within paintings.

The exhibition opens on Friday 17th October and runs until Saturday 15th November. Philippa will be at the gallery from 12 noon – 3pm on Saturday 18th October to talk about her work.

A tale of two prizes!

John and I took a fairly last minute decision to go up to London this weekend. The main aim was to see the Late Turner exhibition at Tate Britain – it was absolutely as amazing as we’d hoped it would be and John is planning to go again on a day when he doesn’t have to battle with the crowds. While we were at the Tate we thought we’d have a look at the Turner Prize……..with the knowledge that this particular prize has always courted controversy I was curious to see what would be on offer. I have to say that I didn’t love all of it (in fact there was only one piece that I really enjoyed) and comments on the board outside suggested that I wasn’t the only one:

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So the Turner Prize provokes reaction if nothing else but I came away feeling that I’d been short changed in some way and the #turnerprize Twitter feed makes interesting reading with comments from the great and the good of the art world confirming that many of them felt the same way.

In complete contrast we stumbled upon something really exciting at the Mall Galleries, a place I had never been before. The Threadneedle Prize (http://www.threadneedleprize.com) for figurative work was full of thought provoking and beautifully executed pieces and I could have spent hours there. This exhibition was also free (The Turner Prize costs £10!) and there was the opportunity to vote for a ‘visitors favourite’ award – it was a really tough job to choose……… I’d really recommend this exhibition which closes on October 11th.

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