Daniel Raphael Gallery is proud to present Light In Its Changing Qualities, a powerful exploration of the use of light in the impressionistic works of Gerry Defries and Paula Nightingale. By employing light as a medium both artists convey a sense of serene calm and a look at the pervasive beauty of nature.
Defries was recently selected to exhibit in the Royal Society of Maritime Artist’s Annual Exhibition.A keen sailor, Defries is inspired by the majesty of the sea, with several of his works artfully capturing the way sunlight catches on waves. In his piece, Fishing in the Lakes, Defries renders the way that light momentarily reflects off foaming waves of a waterfall, a lone figure highlighted against this majestic backdrop, rod in hand, poised for his catch.
Alongside Defries’ works, Nightingale presents a selection of soft-focus studies in colour and form, reminiscent of the work of Pierre Bonnard and Les Nabis. Her work portrays the fleeting splendour of a certain light.The impressionistic scenes she paints examine the relationship between colour and changing light on form, depicting stark figures caught in a moment of deeply insular reflection. Beyond the Garden presents viewers with an Autumnal scene at twilight, the eyes of a fox gleaming outwards beyond the frame, wonderfully expressed in oil paint.
Curator and Gallery Owner Daniel Levy says:“The way that these two artists explore the changing qualities of light is the perfect fit for our October show, when the leaves are changing hue and the slow decline of daylight makes us contemplate the effect that changes in light can have, altering our perceptions of forms around us. Defries and Nightingale’s work complements each other nicely, bringing a beautiful touch of soft colour to the white walls of the gallery space.”
Light In Its Changing Qualities is at Daniel Raphael Gallery, 26 Church Street, London NW8 8EP from 12th October – 2nd November 2017
Private View: Thursday 12th October 6.00 – 8.30pm, to attend please RSVP to email@example.com Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30pm
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Founded by Daniel Levy in 2017, Daniel Raphael is a gallery dedicated to providing a platform for emerging and mid- career artists as well as those already established in the art world. Offering a fresh, young perspective on contemporary art, the gallery is a hub for interactive and thought-provoking exhibitions that seek to inspire and capture the heart of the ever-changing art world. Located in the vibrant and diverse art and antiques quarter of Church Street, London.
London based Gerry Defries is represented by Agora Gallery, NewYork, Jelmoni Studio Gallery, Milan and MacGregor Fine Art, Glasgow. He discovered his interest in painting around 15 years ago, primarily as a relief from the stress of his professional life. After attending the Hampstead School of Art for some 12 years he has painted in all mediums and now favours painting in acrylics on canvas. He has developed his own style and often finds inspiration from the sea. A love for sailing is a common factor in several of his pieces, with his painting of Sir Ben Ainslie’s GB Americas Cup entry recently auctioned by Sir Ainslie’s team. He has painted in Europe and the Caribbean and his paintings have been sold to British, European, American and Canadian clients. Defries has had several solo and group exhibitions and has a number of permanent exhibitions across London. He was recently selected to exhibit in the Royal Society of Maritime Artist’s Annual exhibition at Mall Galleries, tending to focus his work on seascapes across UK and Europe.
Paula Nightingale studied at the Beckenham School of Art and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. She was awarded several scholarships, one to Spain, one to Germany and one to Paris. Paula continued her studies at the Akademie der Bilkenden Kunst in Munich. Now an Associate of the Royal College of Art, Nightingale has exhibited at the Alpine Gallery, New Grafton Gallery and Mercury Gallery in London and Thompson’s Gallery to name but a few.
With a magnetic timeless quality, Nightingale’s work captures the light and atmosphere experienced by the artist at the moment of inspiration. After travelling and painting in Europe for several years, she now paints in a converted boathouse on the Norfolk Broads, travelling around for fresh inspiration. A versatile artist working in oils with strong colours and a striking emphasis on light and shade, Nightingale is equally at home with beach scenes, seascapes, figures, interiors or still life. Her work is held in many private collections throughout the world.