A Sharp Eye to an Open Eye

26 May 2012 – 22 Jun 2012

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The Lloyd Gill Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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The Lloyd Gill Gallery Lee house 13 Beaconsfield Road Weston-Super-Mare Somerset BS23 1YE www.thelloydgillgallery.com Lloyd@thelloydgillgallery.com 44 (0) 1934 623449 Gallery open hours are 10am till 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Children and disabled people are welcome with given notice to the gallery. Exhibition title A sharp eye to an open eye Preview night 26th May from 7pm Exhibition dates are 28th May- 22nd June 2012 This exhibition will feature artists from Europe who paint using realism as their technique along side painters who paint in abstraction and use methods of automatism, metaphysical and biomorphism. The purpose of this exhibition is to compare realism with abstraction. There will be an essay to accompany the exhibition which will discuss two artists Chuck Close and Pablo Picasso. The aim is to compare the techniques these two pioneers worked with in their paintings. I am interested in how both artists have travelled through realism and abstraction in their developments. Milan Ivanic is a painter of two styles, both abstract and realism. His colourful abstracts are gorgeous on the eye. The exhibition will have both paintings by him and drawings, which have the realistic style. Gregory Chiha is a painter with a tremendous ability. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and is in many collections. I find his work intriguing and blends abstracted figures into realist backgrounds of woods where the tress and other scenery bring us the viewer out of the everyday work environment and somewhere where we can loss ourselves in admiration in his work. David Lewis is a painter with heart. His works are composed of abstracted forms and complimentary colours. His art is often expressively portrayed and renders multiple marks which are like an ambiguous story, where the marks made by brush or pencil are a process to where the paint follows. Luke Austin-Heywood has an interesting influence from Japanese style of painting in the context of 'super-flat'. The Japanese masters where able to distort a sense of perspective and the illusion of death by using 'super-flat'. Luke's abstracts are influence by the 'super — flat' idea, but have their own individual identity, which makes up his own personal style in his art. Rebecca Cains's work is fascinating in its detail, but even more so in its subject matter. Rebecca visits the place where cars go at the end of their lives and where they are inevitably crushed. The junkyards propose what is not always considered when being in a car or looking at one. These paintings make us ask questions about our own morality. Eve Harvey paintings are superb in colour and composition. I see a fauvist influence, especially in the colours and I think the artist Georgio de Chirico could be a possible influence where our perception on the composition is distorted. Her work is bold, colourful and delightful to witness in person. Helen Bur's paintings remind me of Nan Goldin's photography and are a powerful bridge between photography and painting. The realism aspect acts as a documentation of events and people in Helen's life. Selected artists Milan Ivanic”¨ Milan studied Fine art at the Hollar School of Art, Prague between 1962 to 1966 and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague between 1966 to 1970. Milan has had one-man exhibitions at Keele University, Wolfson College, Oxford, The Clyde Bertrand Gallery, Stockton, California, Aston University Arts Centre, The Terrace Gallery, Worthing, and The BBC, Manchester. His pen-and-ink drawing 'The River Lune' was selected, hung and sold in the 2011 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Milan is included in Buckman's Artists in Britain since 1945. Artist statement I was born in a country which doesn't exist any more, Czechoslovakia. I came to Britain in 1970, and have lived and worked in Devon, Sussex, London, and Stockton, California, before settling in the North West of England in 1986. As an artist I feel at home in Britain. I like the view, attributed to Picasso, that painting and drawing are the same. Drawing is painting with fewer means. For me, 'abstraction' is a characteristic of form, not of content. I see my work as making 'fields of marks' which not only represent, but also materially embody meanings, tensions and emotions. Under the Pepper Tree Andalucia, 65cm x 65cm, Acrylic on canvas, £660 ono Gregory Chiha Gregory is an art teacher in France. His work is highly sought after and he has exhibited throughout Europe. A few exhibition highlights are 'Galerie de l'Echarpe, Toulouse, France' and 'Gelerie Wollondilly, Brasschaat, Belgium.' Artist Statement He doesn't talk much. He only says he has nothing to say. He says he himself turned his back, that's why his characters don't look at us. He lives far from everything and each time he comes back from a city where he has felt the presence of millions of people, he fears mankind should disappear. We may wonder if part of it lingers in his paintings. Whenever his paintings can be mistaken for photographs, it's not to depict reality but to create the illusion of truth. Everything which is neat and sharp in detail, doesn't convey any more sense of reality than blurred and confused areas represented by reflections of light spots. His models are characters shaped by their own absence. They are in places we partly see, which might be a clue about what we assume they see, but at the same time, their own body hides the object of their attention. He knows painting must be a promise of what will never be given. La Dentelliere, Oil on canvas, 100cm x 80cm, 2009 £620 ono David Lewis My background is in film, but just over ten years ago, ”¨I picked up a paintbrush, and haven't put it down since. The overarching theme of my work is the duality of existence. Heaven and Earth, Light and Shade, Good and Evil, Life and Death.”¨These themes are explored from both a secular and religious point of view.”¨Each composition seeks to capture the moment of balance between the opposing states. Some of the paintings have a loose, expressionistic style where ”¨the balance is achieved quickly and with passion, others are quieter and more considered. ”¨Sometimes this balance is achieved by bringing multiple canvases together to create a harmonious composition. Triptych 2, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 72, 2008, £3,125 ono

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