Life, light, shadow and darkness. 12 - 22 October
Local artists Antoinette Karsten, Ange Price, Philip Mudin, and Jenny Blake have come together to show a striking body of work that reflects our daily human experience: the light, shade, shadows and darkness we all live with.
The exhibition is a collection of works from students at the CIT Diploma of Visual Arts school which offers works from these promising emerging artists for sale.
Karsten's works are an engaging and whimsical use of narrative with an abundance of light and shade, to create enchanting portraits. She builds joyous stories with layers of delicate surprises and eccentric, magical characters. Her themes are of castles, churches, music, and delicate Celtic and ancient world patterns. Karsten paints from her heart. Magical and delicate treasures are only revealed at a closer glance. This body of work is witness to Karsten's free spirit and her ability to delight, mesmerise and captivate: an invitation to be transported to a spellbinding world.
Price's delicate and powerful watercolours explore nature versus nurture, social inequality and the human psyche, and the way individuals respond to their surroundings. In this body of work Price challenges how we perceive each other. Her representation of life, light, fragility, shadows and darkness is breathtaking. She works with watercolour, charcoal and acrylic, using abstract expression and portraiture. Her pieces have either a direct and immediate out-pouring of emotion or, in contrast, are carefully considered and planned. Her work is visually stunning and poignant.
Mudin's black and white drawings on paper are an outpouring out of his inner voice and consciousness, evoking an immediate response from the viewer. He draws in a meditative like state, detailing his inner world and feelings with meticulous expression, putting pen to paper to create breathtaking alternative worlds. Mudin creates visual poetry, exquisitely crafted, bringing to life a world of wondrous eccentric creatures and alluring city scapes.
Jenny Blake's large works deliver a bold sense of tranquillity. The use of contrasting black and white, light and shadows are a direct response to life's big questions. She says ‘answers are never simply black and white," they reside in the grey, where we all experience compromise.’ Blake seeks clarity in her work, constantly manoeuvring to find resolution. This results in a peaceful place that is calm and contemplative.