Do we fear the dark?
Be that a question about night, darkness, black, the unknown, the void, the fading of light and colour or absence, human history is marked by our natural hesitance concerning any one, or a combination, of these. In the modern world, do we still harbour superstitions about an absence of colour; a natural reticence about a shade whose acknowledged state is a scarcity of everything we seem to gravitate towards?
Sometimes it seems that we can get bogged down in pigmentation, luminosity, tone and saturation so that the depth of the piece suffers as a result.
The works here are not black; one can perceive in many the odd flash of jewel-like colour, or artworks created in more muted shades; subtle rather than statement. In some cases the colour seems to have been washed out and leached away by the passage of time, a reminder of our own transient natures.
There are some extremely well known artists who flourish with a darker palette as well as their sometimes better known brighter works. Names such as John Walker, Keith Milow, Roy Turner Durrant, Clifford Fishwick, Francis Davidson, Norman Neasom, Jeremy Annear and William Johnson to name but a few, thrive within these restrictions, and the work produced is some of the most striking and potent in their portfolios. The chosen emerging artists cover a range of subjects from Saatchi short-listed Rachel Cosgraves emotive landscapes to newly award-winning Yuma Tomiyasus spiritualism; newcomer Ben Snowdens figuration, to flourishing artist Jemma Applebys architectural compositions. Respected contemporary artist Sarah Lederman adds the finishing touch with her beautifully naive but worldly wise figures.