I decided to write briefly about why I have chosen some of the artists I have linked to. Partly because I don't want friends I haven't mentioned to be offended, partly to provide a context. The work isn't necessarily directly connected to my practice, but possesses qualities I deem important.
I am fixated by Natalie Dowse's work. I frequently find her paintings surprising. By this I mean unexpected, unpredictable - the subject matter, the treatment, and the rendering. It sometimes seems as though the subjects are filtered through the eyes of a memory. I can't put my finger on it. I start by asking myself 'what is behind this?' and I go on searching. Wonderful stuff.
I first came across Kate Smith's work on Axis, then later again through a link on Natalie Dowse's blog. Primarily concerned with drawing, she has a meticulous approach (technically and intellectually), a concern with minutiae against, and contrasted with, a considered use of scale and space.
I saw Cheryl Lane's work at WW Gallery. Her paintings struck me immediately: loose, a restricted colour palette, deeply emotional and hauntingly beautiful. It was only later when I learnt of her illness. She died in early 2010.
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