DRIP: Helen Oxley 

23. Sep - 17. Oct 14 / begins in 7 days Avenue Gallery

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Privateview: 22. Sep, 5-8pm

Exhibition | Painting | Midlands

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New work by Helen Oxley

23 September – 17 October 2014
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Preview: Monday 22 September 5-8pm

Avenue Gallery
The University of Northampton
St. George’s Avenue
Northampton NN2 6JD

Tel: 01604 893050
Email: gallery@northampton.ac.uk


The University of Northampton’s Avenue Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by Lancashire-based artist Helen Oxley as its first show of the new academic year.

The exhibition will consist of a series of large scale paintings/constructions which have been produced through funding from the Arts Council of England (ACE) bursary programme alongside new work, sketchbooks and other source material.
Helen’s work is concerned with the manipulation of paint and canvas to realise new forms and abstract picture plains. From an initial precise cut into the canvas, the paintings develop unpredictably through a process of pouring, dripping, cutting and layering until the final image emerges as a residue of these actions, governed by the force of gravity.

As Helen explains, it is a process that evokes a sense of the picture surface as a sensual skin;

“My work is informed by an awareness of my own inner workings, within the containing frame that makes up my form and external identity. The making of the paintings becomes both a physical process and a violent act. By cutting through the canvas I am exposing vulnerabilities that are hidden from the view of others and questioning the idea of self. ”

There will be an evening preview of the exhibition at Avenue Gallery on Monday 22 September from 5-8pm, after which it will be open from 23 September to 17 October (Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm). Admission is free. Avenue Gallery is located in The University of Northampton’s Avenue Campus on St. George’s Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD. For more information about the exhibition please contact the Gallery on 01604 893050 or email gallery@northampton.ac.uk.

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