Sally Barron – ‘Postcards From The Edge’
Selected work still on show
Still life: “It has been said that a truly engaged painting practice is one that is involved in the attempt to describe the world as one finds it.
During the isolation and contemplation of lockdown I found myself drawn to the genre of Still life, with the pull and push of gesture and freedom just out of reach.
Still life is a centuries old tradition and as I make my pictures, I am aware that I see through prisms of pre-existing images. Close observation and solidarity of the objects co-exist with loose abstraction of swirls of paint living alongside.
Possibly there is something within me that is resisting the slow evocation of domestic detail and is yearning for a more expansive flourish of uninhibited creation. That containment with a hint of drama is what interests me.”
Landscape: Using vivid colours and gestural techniques influenced by post-impressionists such as Bonnard and Matisse, as well as strong abstract elements from artists like Rauschenberg and Diebenkorn. She is inspired by the local scenery and stories, artists and memories from the past and future. Sally works almost exclusively in oils, with key themes exploring our relationship with memory and the environment, balancing figuration with the abstract.
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