A new acquisition
'Syria' by andrew laird
An incredibly inspirational piece by the phenomenally talented artist Andrew Laird.
The artist's statement:
I've always thought of artists as outsiders looking in. And I'm most certainly an outsider. I was brought up between two cultures, of East and West. I was even born at the dead of midnight between two days. I exist in the 'bit in the middle'. My preferred time of day is dusk, in half light. Artists are always living on the fringes of society. It's a perspective that allows us to 'see'. The fringes are what interests me as an artist. I have painted subjects ranging from Soho prostitutes to nocturnes of motorway bridges. Because these are the places where the human spirit is most evident. Where the human spirit meets nature, and in some instances where nature bites back.
I was trained by a Camberwell school painter and a student of Euan Uglow while I was a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. I was fortunate enough to have had an insight into a school of painting that spans from Auerbach, Bomberg through to Coldstream and Sickert. Although I paint subjects, these are a starting point for my love of painting and for the pattern of abstraction. Through abstraction I aim to embody the very human spirit I am trying to convey.
Andrew was brought up in Malta, Scotland and Germany and has travelled widely. In 2012 he volunteered in a natural disaster zone on an island in the Philippines, whereupon he witnessed first hand how great the human spirit can be when facing heartbreaking realities.
Here in his painting 'Syria' Andrew conveys the power of 'hope' as a force which grows stronger when faced with disaster whilst nature (our protector) reinvents herself in order to survive.
Now on show to view, to enquire about the work please contact the gallery: Follow the link
THE MUCH-AWAITED-FOR SOLO SHOW BY THE LONDON SLADE SCHOOL ARTIST
TANYA VANESSA FOSTER
A PREVIEW TO THE NEW SERIES OF COASTAL WORKS:
'GREEN BEACH' by Tanya Vanessa Foster, original oil on board, 10 x 10 Inches, signed (Top Right)
'KYNANCE COVE II' by Tanya Vanessa Foster, original oil on linen, 35.5 x 25.5 Inches, Signed and Inscribed Verso (Second from the Top Right)
The threads that tie the different works together in Tanya’ s ‘GREEN BEACH’ capture the ‘human experience’ in a poetic distancing of the artist and her subject.
Each painting in this unique body of original works, walks the tightrope between abstraction and figuration. The pinks, whites and flesh tones of the figures resonate against the backdrop of green and violet shadows, as human form becomes one with abstraction.
Tanya’s narrative of the populated beach as a celebration of life with its llight, complex language of form, colour and movement is a reoccurring theme in Tanya’s work.
BY OPEN INVITE
Invitation to the show will be by open invite. The show will run from 22th July to 4th September 2017.
MEET AND GREET
Tanya will be attending the show in person on the following dates:
Saturday 29th July 2017 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Guests will enjoy drinks and light refreshment
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US.
Tuesday 20th June 2017
THE ADVENT OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
IN MONET'S WORDS; "THE SUBJECT IS SECONDARY. WHAT I WANT TO REPRODUCE IS THAT WHICH IS BETWEEN THE SUBJECT AND ME".
(Illustrated Top Right) Monet's 'Saule Pleurer' with its single field of luminous, emotive colour signals the advent of 'pure painting'. The work transcends the subject it depicts; no longer just a willow tree, 'Saule Pleurer' becomes a highly-charged, evocative, expressionistic near abstract painting.