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"YOU CAN get there from here" Exhibition
Images by Emily Ball
“The title of the show -'You can get there from here'- is something I hope for when someone stands in front of my work. I am expressing my sensations of a place, moments and movement with luscious paint. I want to be articulate, elegant and positive and I am hoping that I can transport the viewer there with me, through the painting.”
Here at the Seawhite Studio we are getting ready and getting excited about the next exhibition to open at the Seawhite Atrium Gallery in Partridge Green in February. YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE is a show of Emily Ball’s work, focusing on two themes that have been the catalyst for her most recent paintings – Roadscapes and Landscape and Trees. We would love to see you at the Private View on Saturday 29th February - Save the Date!
Image: Roadscape 1 (oil on paper 60 cm x 100cm 2017, by Emily Ball
This body of work that has been inspired by Emily’s drive to the studio, along the back roads of the South Downs: the road, shadows, light, signs, wires, trees, spaces witnessed from a moving car. The initial A3 drawings inspired a fresh engagement with the landscape and developed into paintings full of improvisations and rich in tension, mood and movement.
Image: detail from Driving Drawing Small, Emily Ball: Ball ; Emily working n the studio on Roadscape paintings.
Landscape and Trees
“Working from Nature brings its challenges; it is physical, mucky and uncomfortable. However, it is this physical engagement with place that I love and paint about.”
Image: Emily working out in nature and back at the studio.
Landscape and Trees is a collection of paintings that represent a return to painting from Nature for Emily. Based in her brother’s garden in Monmouthshire, she worked at the side of a lake that is edged with mature trees. The heavy skirts of the trees, the red earth, the changing light and weather reflected in the lake’s surface all combined to create a specific–yet-fleeting environment that Emily engaged with and captured in these atmospheric paintings.
Image: Autumnal Cloak (oil on canvas) 139cm x 95 cm 2016, Emily Ball
A chance to look, an opportunity to share…
Emily is no stranger to curating an exciting programme of exhibitions at the Atrium Gallery, but this exhibition is special as it is her first solo show in several years:
“It’s exciting to have a show like this as it enables me to see my work clearly. To view the body of work as a whole means I appreciate the unfolding re-imagining of the subject that I have been inspired by.
"It’s also important to share my discoveries with others. In some ways, the show is a test to see if I have, in some small way, managed to create work that can stir a feeling or connection in people that look at it”
Image: From the Road 1 oil on paper 48 cm x 84 cm 2018, Emily Ball
The exhibited work is comprised of large canvases, paintings on paper and small drawings and studies. These smaller works can be enjoyed for themselves but also provide a window into how the large paintings have evolved. The range of work on show - from tapestries of colour, texture and delicate shimmers of light to the odd, playful spaces and movement created by moving through the landscape – is testament to Emily’s deep engagement with the process of painting and of her ability to translate her experience of place into an exciting painterly language that is eloquent, visceral and refreshing. All works are for sale – so this is a great opportunity to grab yourself some great art for your home!
"The work that I have selected has survived my critical selection process. It does not make it on to the wall if does not surprise and delight me in some way. I am happiest when I see something new about my grasp of the subject; when my sensibilities seem to have come together with my knowledge of paint to produce something much more poetic than I could have imagined."
Image: Pushing Skyward 100cm x 70 cm 2016, Emily Ball
Private view – You’re invited!
Venue address: Atrium Gallery, Seawhite of Brighton, Star Road Trading Estate, Partridge Green,
West Sussex, RH13 8RY.
Getting There: Once you have turned onto the estate you just need to follow the signs to The Atrium Gallery.
Image: Roadscape journey, Emily Ball
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