This is a Group Show titled SYNCHRONICITY including six artists
Synchronicity in the creation of art allows for the possibility of improvisation, chance or accidental creation ie the artist discovers inspiration in a place they might never have thought to look initially.
Each of the artists responded to the notion of Synchronicity in their own individual way.
Liz’s abstract paintings often include naturalistic plant and bud shapes; so she was fascinated to discover similar ice bauble shapes had formed on each blade of grass when a stand pipe burst during a recent icy spell, this inspired her to paint Grass Baubles.
John’s ‘accidental inspiration’ was the unintentional spillage of graphite and pencil shavings on an open page of his sketchbook. The intriguing shapes, textures and tones formed from subsequent manipulation, pointed the direction he followed.
Sheri likes to leave room for the painting process to twist and turn, to reveal something unexpected. It can be as simple as rotating the canvas in a different direction, throwing, dripping, or pulling back layers of paint to uncover forgotten marks.
Usha feels Synchronicity is an ethereal coming together.
Most of Jacqueline’s work relies on associations of ideas and there is a certain synchronicity in her juxtaposition of 3D and 2D pictures in a peculiar ensemble or context.
A couple of Sue’s friends described how their allotments and gardens had preserved their sanity during the pandemic; coincidentally this chimed well with Sue’s own intention to create some artwork on the benefits and joys of allotments.
Liz Gascoigne is an abstract expressionist painter who creates dynamic and complex artwork. Liz doesn’t wait to be inspired by something external, instead she starts her paintings without an intention and throws herself into the creative process. Her entry point is rapid mark making, followed by layers of large expressive and colourful paint strokes to form the underpainting. Liz then embarks upon a creative editing process, adding and subtracting elements of the artwork, allowing the direction of the painting to unfold until the painting reveals the way forward. She moves between several paintings in a series which allows the paintings to interact and builds synergy. Painting in this way allows Liz to imagine what is possible, she says that she is using her paintings as stepping stones in the journey of becoming herself.
Liz came to painting after a career in international development which included living and working in Africa and the Middle East. She did an Art and Design foundation course at Abingdon college and took a Continuing Art Practice course at OVADA Oxford.