Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Review: David Nash at Kew Gardens 31.10.12

From June 2012 until April 2012 British Land Artist David Nash is showing his sculptures at Kew Gardens.  From the off, this seems the ideal setting for Nash's work, but for me I struggled to find the work, it got lost in the hot houses, camouflaged amongst the tropical plants and trees.  When you do happen upon a sculpture it was in an intimate manner; the sculptures are secluded, enshrouded in the undergrowth.

Nash creates his works from nature: using a chain-saw, an axe and a blow torch he carves, chisels, cuts and blackens his sculptures.  The black tones give depth, and an almost painterly touch.  The rough angles and deep cuts give a sense of formal masculinity akin to the good old days of Minimalism.  It evokes images of Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Tony Smith.

The monochrome clean lines and shapes which lie between organic and geometric contrast with the green wilderness of Kew.  Simultaneously, his sculptures herald from nature and seek to merge with it.  They embrace nature and almost seem to want to living and growing organisms themselves.  The real contrast is of the living breathing plants and the deadened and hardened wood sculptures.  They embody death and sit like headstones in dense and beautiful hot house.

I recommend making a visit to see Nash, as with the changing colours of Kew, the sculptures seem to become more lived in, and the overall aspect changes, as the landscape develops.  His work can be seen dotted around the hot houses, larger sculptures are found in open spaces and smaller works are exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.

Please see below photographs of David Nash's work, as well as of the aspects of Kew Gardens.

1 comment:

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