RE IMAGINED: A window with a different view
The continuing collaboration of Chris Lee, Caroline Lumb, Cathy Smale and Hillary Taylor is going from strength to strength, with a joint exhibition showcasing their work at New Maynard Gallery Welwyn Garden City 11 Apr - 17 May 2014.
Re-imagined is the theme and title for this collection of work that range from drawings, through interpretations of paper, textiles and mixed media to paintings.
With very different yet complementary styles of work, a consistent theme for all four artists is the re-shaping or re-imagining of either the world or common materials around us. There are the real-yet-not-real forests, landscapes, birds or other subjects of Cathy Smale’s carefully built paintings. Felt artist Chris Lee creates wonderfully sculptural tactile jewellery and objects from silver and hand-made felts. She also creates 2-D images using hand dyed-papers and textiles, as does Caroline Lumb who additionally melds these with oil paintings. Re-using or reclaiming otherwise forgotten materials, paper and images is also clearly visible in Caroline’s work. Imaginary and re-configured towns, cities and countries are the subjects of Hillary Taylor’s composite line drawings. In complete contrast to her drawings, Hillary also re-uses newspaper and other found objects that sometimes combine with abstracted calligraphy to form 2-D and 3-D mixed media abstracts.
“I’m very excited to be part of this ongoing collaboration, especially to see how things have come together for this particular exhibition” says felt artist Chris Lee, who creates sculptures from hand-made and hand- or surface-dyed felt. She continues “I love that this intrinsically soft material can be manipulated into sculptural forms more usually associated with ‘hard’ materials to form jewellery or objects that I can wrap in silver and other metals.”
Caroline Lumb delights in taking every day objects/scenes and homing in to create abstracts and patterns. “Textures, colours and form take on different meanings and yet they resonate with their origin.” Says Caroline, who also works with hand-dyed papers and textiles. “Making things, drawing, painting, taking photographs are an integral part of my life and this relatively recent exploration of paper has added a new dimension to my work. I can’t wait to see the exhibition up and ready to view.”
Painter Cathy Smale is well known for her carefully constructed and colourful paintings and prints. “I am inspired by the world around me, by reality, and by the imagery and designs that dominate our modern world,” says Cathy, who begins with sketches, notes and images to compose a visual journal of an experience, time or place. She enhances key features with shapes and colour, building up layers of oil paint with brushes and palette knife.
Hillary Taylor, an engineer and mathematician whose working life is often bounded by processes and calculations, says “All around me I see everyday items and views that can be abstracted, built or viewed ‘differently’. Sometimes the end result is a fleeting image that can’t be captured, sometimes the end result ‘just is’. Each final image or object to me is just one of many possibilities, somehow frozen in time.”
For opening times see the New Maynard Gallery web site.
Why not come and enjoy a coffee while viewing the work? The New Maynard Gallery is situated on the first floor of Campus West at The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6BX. Entry is free and there is full disabled access.