Bare bodies, briefly drawn with a dynamic and gestural line.
Using charcoal, graphite, oil bars or acrylic paint, Jill Colchester deftly captures the pose, held only for a few minutes. As the model moves to another pose Jill continues drawing, layering over the first. The work is then edited back, painting out what is not needed and drawn again.
The drawings are loose, pared back, thought provoking and expressive, full of vitality.
The bodies are often female, full of exuberance and vivacity.
This exhibition, Barely There is a play on the word, bare, being nude; the brevity of the pose, barely being held for any length of time, and the relatively, short time one has the bloom of youth. The drawings celebrate the female form.
Stripping back the line, Jill is concerned with how little information is needed to portray a figure or a face. Her drawings are minimal and essential, reducing the line to leave the viewer to find the pose.
The drawings are marks made in response to the pose, using materials that easily glide, slide across the surface, materials that can smudge or have the colour pulled out. Paint that can cover and edit and glaze.
The lines flow across the paper just as the eye and the body move to interpret each other, each barely there for more than a moment.
The VENUE, is an airy and well ventilated barn, in a garden, which means it will be on the cool side. It is likely that numbers will be restricted to five at any one time. Please wear a mask.
As a young woman Jill was persuaded by her parents, not to attend Art School, so she dutifully trained as a primary school teacher, majoring in The Art of Movement. Fortunately, this initiated further training in Contemporary Dance and led to her lifelong fascination with the body. The feeling of those fleeting moments, dancing fully stretched, off the ground and in the air. The feeling of being fully alive.
Jill is teaching a 60-week drawing course for Oxfordshire Adult Learners, as a tutor with Abingdon and Witney College, Life Drawing workshops and other painting workshops.