You may notice I'm exhibiting at two venues on two consecutive weeks. Of course, I hope you'll visit both as there will be different work in each venue. I've had to do this because my plans to show at The North Wall Gallery for the full 3 weeks of Art Weeks, had to be changed. Due to government restrictions this gallery falls into the same category as a museum, so unlike commercial galleries, which can open from 12 April the North wall cannot open until 17 May. I was dismayed when I discovered this as we had already postponed the show from the original event in May 2020 ... It's a lot to cram into the 8 days of 17 - 25 May, so the week before, from 8 - 16 May I'll be in my old stamping ground, 2 North Street, Osney Island - venue 73, which has an appointment system in operation. You can, of course take pot luck, but if you want to be sure you don't have to wait, please go to https://artsvp.co/elainekazimierczuk
Then from 17 - 25 May I'll be at The North Wall Gallery - venue 139 - go to the North Wall's website to book via https://thenorthwall.ticketsolve.com/shows/873623883
Both exhibitions will have a selection of work of various sizes from mini meadows to large panoramas - with the really big stuff being in the North Wall.
Prior to the exhibition, on 21 April, the North Wall are hosting a webinar 'Wildflower Meadows - a Painter's Celebration' - I'll be in conversation with staff from Plantlife - a charity I support talking about the importance of meadows and other habitats and the work of Plantlife. You can join this via https://thenorthwall.ticketsolve.com/shows/873623716. This will be available as a recording after the event.
'My work is primarily about the natural environment. I want to make work which will encourage people to value our precious world'.
Elaine’s work conjures up the essence of a place, immersing us in the beauty of the landscape and evoking the vitality of the natural world. Her semi-abstract interpretations of wildflower meadows, woodland and hedgerows teem with plant life and clearly convey her lifelong love of the natural environment. Using bold colour and her own highly distinctive vocabulary of rhythmic mark-making and stylised motifs, she combines elements of landscape with painterly abstraction, interweaving direct observation with imagination, to create works that are at the same time restful and uplifting.
Elaine’s entry onto the art scene is relatively recent. Born in Mansfield, she grew up with very little experience of the world of art. There were no art galleries in the town, but she loved drawing and despite everything, she knew in her heart she wanted to be an artist. And she also loved the natural world. Many factors conspired to keep her from painting for several years, but as soon as she was able to devote herself full-time to painting, things really took off and since establishing a studio in Oxford in 2016, she has rapidly won admiration for her original paintings.
‘It took a while, but the way things have turned out, I find that the two things that mean more to me than anything else – art and the natural world – have come together in what I’m doing now. I believe art can help us reconnect with our environment giving us ways of looking at landscape so that we can better understand our place within it.’
‘I fell in love with Elaine’s work the first time I saw it! … She is a rare talent and her work truly captures what it is that makes her such a special, sensitive and surprising artist.’ Dr Janina Ramirez FRSA