AboutâWater + Colour' artists, Alf Loehr and Barbara Nicholls discuss their work in the context of the current exhibition, in conversation with the Curator and Gallery Director, Becca Pelly-Fry.
Since the early 1990s, Alf Löhr has focussed on producing watercolours, beginning small, his work gained scope and developed into the large-scale works on canvas we see in this exhibition. In his work, Löhr tries to objectively approach emotion, favouring âthe emotional quality of paint.' And his titles invite us to react, to think, by doing so, he intends to provoke a state of mind that is open to emotions, to make us alert to the invisible. He believes there is a lot that we experience that we cannot express, and he hopes that his paintings provide an outlet for contemplating and committing to one's own subconscious, sensitivity and intuition. (source: http://www.adamgallery.com/artists/lhr/?gallery=London&profile=1)
Barbara Nicholls' work operates across a broad range of artistic categories, employing a wide span of processes and techniques to address a number of engaging critical issues: questions of aesthetic form, surface and depth, chance and order, the handmade and the readymade, the archaeological and the cartographic, and the relations between work and play. Her approach, both to the subject matter with which she engages and to its material rendition is allegorical or metaphorical, rather than literal or mimetic. The objects Nicholls produces, be they primarily two dimensional or three dimensional forms, may thus be regarded as translations or complex developments with their own internal logic, structures which have, to a considerable degree, moved away from their original sources whilst nonetheless connecting to them through inference and analogy. (source: http://www.barbaranicholls.co.uk/essays)
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