Jenny Creasy’s commemorative exhibition at Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich
Paintings and drawings by Jenny Creasy attest to her memorable character and to her place within our shared culture. By ‘place’ I mean not only her contribution to new art since the 1960s but also the geographical distinctness, both in her earliest and her later days; and by ‘character’ I refer to the nature of her pictorial gift- which was to transform her emotions, which often were bold, into colour and brushwork that have the gentleness of meditation.
This exhibition in Norwich reminds us how grateful we are that Creasy became an East Anglian rather than a London or Cornish painter. She came to live in north Suffolk in 1982. During the next quarter of a century Creasy was an artist of private thoughts, untroubled exploration and hard-won contentment. Her later years added thoughtfulness to the aesthetic drive that had been heartfelt since
Approaching these paintings, one at first wonders whether they are the record of some event, sudden sight or human encounter. Perhaps that is so. But they cannot be records, for they issue from present visual thought. That is the nature of their abstraction. Experience has become the birth of creative art. Creasy’s paintings begin in recollection and are completed by judgement in the privacy of the studio, where forms are often lively, curious, repeated or contradictory, with a palette that plays many a colourful melody. The artist’s eye and brush have passed from daily world of business and routine to an aesthetic realm. Thus they are all the more moving, and intangible, because we feel that they come from Creasy’s soul.
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