AboutModern Artists Gallery is delighted to welcome back Rebecca Swainston to the gallery with an exhibition of over thirty new works this summer. This will be the artists' fifth show at the prestigious Berkshire gallery and will include an eclectic range of paintings, watercolours and drawings.
The universal appeal and recurrent success of Rebecca Swainston's work is in her ability to express how objects, clothes and spaces hold memories and reverberations of people and events. Much of this is expressed through the animals in her paintings which symbolise the personality traits of the people and strike up connections and meanings of their own. With the echoes of things not quite seen or imagined she is also able to explore mental boundaries and the places where we retreat inside ourselves. The lively, and often comical images hint at relationships, secrets and misbehaviour. Swainston artfully blurs the line between reality and imagination which leads to a dreamlike universe within which the viewer can escape. The themes spring from domestic and personal life but the visual vocabulary draws on a wider cultural and universal experience. The result is a series of compelling images with layers of narrative and an ambiguity which will encourage visitors to return to her work time and time again.