Julia Colmenares: Forbidden Garden

13 Jun 2019 – 4 Jul 2019

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Continuing exhibition hours: Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm or by appointment

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Bow Bells

England, United Kingdom


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Please join us in viewing new works by Julia Colmenares. Forbidden Garden, a series of monoprints and paintings produced over the last 10 months, takes its inspiration from an 18th century walled garden and area nearby the artist’s flat.


This work explores the gestural possibilities of drawing and painting. The mark potentially holding a barrage of emotions - a container for the dark ruminations of the self and inner universe. In her title piece, Forbidden Garden (130 cm x 106 cm) rapid, spidery strikes with the brush contrast thick multi-hued ribbons of acrylic and oil.

Downpour (150 cm x 100 cm), hints at a darker, melancholic state, expressed through the deep blacks of the monoprint. Colour is excluded here. The prints linger between the dichotomy of associations of black and white: symbolising good and bad, sin or holiness, connotations of wealth, luxury or austerity, misfortune and alchemy.

Her experience of landscape facilitates access to an existential state that constantly teeters on the edge of reality, held in place by the more mundane aspects of daily life: working to live, walking the dog, London, transport to and from the studio, etc. Thus, nature is the conduit between the inner and outer worlds of the human psyche. The practice of painting opens a visual and sensory portal to respite where the natural and supernatural are joined in a reality where magic occurs.


blog: http://juliacolmenares.com

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