Candida Stevens Fine Art is delighted to present its first artist’s retrospective, to celebrate the vivid and joyful landscapes of the notable English, and Sussex based, painter Olivia Stanton. Her work fuses the abstract with the figurative and the intellectual with the heart-felt. The use of landscape to explore the art of picture making has a particularly English heritage. Here Stanton’s work recalls the surrealist landscapes of Paul Nash, the fluent abstraction of Ivon Hitchens, as well as contemporaries R. B. Kitaj and Gillian Ayres. She too demonstrates her highly controlled techniques, influenced by her great interest in Japanese woodblocks. This is a colour-rich retrospective for an artist with an exemplary, painterly touch.
“Olivia’s paintings are simply delicious things – full flavoured and moreish. They dwell on the gratifications of picture-making, and do so with such relish, that it is impossible see them as anything other than sheer celebrations of what it is to make art.” Jonathan Clarke, Curator
Alongside, and to complement, the distinctive and expressive work of fellow Sussex based artist and sculptor(ress) Kristina Hagstrom can also be enjoyed.