Gina Love- The Shoulds

27 Oct 2016 – 30 Oct 2016

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Exhibition of Abstract Paintings


Gina Love was born in Devon, grew up in the Cotswolds, and now lives in Bristol (UK) (after brief spells in London and France). Gina studied Fine Art Painting/ Printmaking and specialises in Abstract Expressionism. In May 2015, Gina came across the psychological theory the ‘Tyranny of the Should’.  Her interpretation of this has created a huge new volume of paintings and fascination with the subject matter.

Gina is spurred on by the philosophy that as a society we can drop the so-called ‘shoulds’, ‘wants’, ‘musts’ and expectations – as she believes these very things are key factors in contributing to our unhappiness as human beings.

Gina’s painting practice can be aligned to intense creative compulsion and cognitive abstract expression. Complex thought patterns and memories are replicated in the interaction of colours, layers of paint and contrasting heavy textures within the pieces. This in turn allows her to bypass verbal communication.

The process follows paint being released onto canvas whereby the artist paints free flow; emotively using the impasto technique.  As well as paintbrushes, she uses objects to create dense textures in the paint. Painting is Gina’s key means of expression, and brushstrokes happen dramatically, instinctively and quickly. She often works on more than one piece simultaneously and in triptychs to encourage the intuitive aesthetic developments. Her aim is to transport the viewer to an imagined place – much like the experience when viewing a photograph.

In 2015, Gina started to post her drawings and paintings on Instagram every day – which has lead to several exhibiting opportunities throughout 2016. The artist is looking forward to exhibiting in Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol - showing a number of paintings which explore ‘The Shoulds’ and Gina’s interpretation of the power and connotations of the aesthetic image.

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