The stereotype of a solitary artist in a garret has no place among artists who, despite lockdown, can be seen responding enthusiastically to the growing awareness of the importance of art practice as a means of actively and positively being in the present and giving generously to others. The online platform as a channel for sharing creative practice has come into its own, effectively connecting diverse individual artists’ studios and enabling artists to disseminate their work to a wide audience. The Contemporary Painting studio courses at OVADA may have been cut short unexpectedly this year, but this has not prevented the students from maintaining their connection to painting practice, and providing digital images of their coursework to curators at OVADA for a vibrant online exhibition.
The contributors to this exhibition have worked with commitment and enthusiasm within the OVADA studio course framework, encouraged by tutors, but ultimately guided by their own insights into painting practice gained from experimental exploration of materials and processes. They share a commitment to answering their own questions about what they seek to achieve individually as painters, and have embraced the unexpected in bringing new work to completion.
If, as artist Gerhard Richter stated, art is a means of ‘making sense and giving shape to that sense’, this exhibition showcases the contribution to the heart and soul of community that can be made by artists who have trusted their creative process, and made their own sense through painting.