Diverse Encounters 

16. Jun - 31. Jul 14 / ended The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery


Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Exhibition | Painting | North

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Ann Seabourne, Detail from 'Blue Hamam Baths, Stars and Reflections' 2013. (c) The Artist

Ann Seabourne, Detail from 'Blue Hamam Baths, Stars and Reflections' 2013. (c) The Artist

An Exhibition of interrelated works inspired by the Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra, Granada is at the heart of this project which presents interrelated visual and musical compositions inspired by experiences of this intensely evocative location.

Since separate visits four years ago by Peter and Ann, an ongoing dialogue between musical and visual forms developed, cross-pollinating in a variety of ways, constantly challenging and regenerating independent interpretations which, like the Alhambra itself, have become multi layered in colour, mood and meaning.

Works in this exhibition explore the Alhambra at different times of year. The complex colour structures of architecture, foliage, water, pattern, light, and texture combine with thoughts of lives lived within its confines. Potential compositions, identified on site, gradually form as expressive equivalents in paint. A response to place, through line, edge, gesture, mark, contrasts in tone and hue, united within a compositional framework. This is a precarious, risk taking process. Many possibilities lie beneath the surface of each work, until a convincing motif finally reveals itself.

A substantial piano cycle called "Arabesques" evolved alongside the works displayed in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Foyer Gallery in Clothworkers Court. A number of its nine movements drew inspiration from the paintings; others developed in dialogue, and some looked more directly back to the composer's own experience. Whilst atmosphere and subject matter were central, other aspects of the paintings offered interesting stylistic and formal musical possibilities.

The two art forms shared a bi-directional interplay whilst freely finding their own visions. Neither is a translation of the other, but each is enriched and informed though their shared evolution.

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