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Private View: 6.00pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 10th January 2012
Miki Van Zwanenberg's contemporary and thought provoking pieces illustrate stark and dramatic landscapes though abstracted vibrant colour. They depict her recollections of places and the mood her memories conjure.
Van Zwanenberg was drawn to the stark dramatic landscapes of the Southern hemisphere, which has inspired her to give full rein to her uninhibited feeling for colour. Her abstracted but very immediate and accessible interpretation of the bush and desert of Australia and the volcanic moonscapes of the Canary Islands dominated her previous exhibition at The Coningsby Gallery. Her new work,which has developed further towards abstraction, concentrates more on an âinner landscape' yet loses nothing of the emotional urgency and vibrant intensity of colour that has always made her work so striking and arresting.
Miki Van Zwanenberg's work is the antithesis of âconceptual'. She is an unashamed colourist and fully exploits the intensity and range of oil paint to give form to her response to her surroundings and to her inner life. Her work is challenging, highly visual and demands attention.
There are several worlds in my paintings, âfloating' but never truly touching. Just as my memories of a place are multi-layered, so I use the layering of the paint to suggest the many facets of a landscape. Colours are glimpsed and bleed through each other