AboutThe Coningsby Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by the British Painter Fiona Wylie. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition with The Coningsby Gallery.
Fiona Wylie's paintings present an evocative combination of detached ethereal characters, desolate landscapes and arresting still lifes. The quiet scenarios composed by Wylie in her pictures, which are frequently small format and intimate, are reminiscent of positions from art history as well as the pictorial languages of photography and cinema.
Her years working as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director are not lost. These paintings are beautifully composed stills. Stills from films yet to be made. They offer a multitude of possible interpretations. Themes such as identity, isolation and loss repeatedly present themselves. The surface of things - benign objects: a vase, a shuttlecock; unpopulated landscapes; the human form in repose - are filtered through a sense of displacement. Though the subjects themselves appear seemingly arbitrary, it is Wylie's keen graphical eye, restricted use of palette and subtle capturing of atmosphere in light and shade that unify the paintings as a coherent and intriguing whole.
Fiona Wylie was born in Oxford in 1977 and studied Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. Since then she has worked as a freelance Designer, Illustrator and Art Director in a variety of media for clients that include The BBC, Adobe and MTV.