Visual Artist and Instructor Gillian Redwood’s Energetic Universe
Solo exhibit at the Gage Galley on Oak Bay Avenue: 14th June - 2nd July 2016
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New works are Faith (below left) and Catalyst (below right)
Click on Catalyst to view a pdf of Gillian's Spring 2016 article in Tweed magazine
Digital Prints on Canvas: Two superb, high resolution images of her recent paintings are now available.
Below: Images from On the Bus series.
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A full-time professional artist since 2003, Gillian paints at Xchanges Gallery & Studios in Victoria. Her new series Energetic Universe graced the Martin Batchelor Gallery February 7- March 5, 2015. Energetic Universe refers to the forces that create and sustain our physical world and human relationships. “I paint abstracted human forms in harmonious connection,” she says.
Born in Wales, the artist received in-depth instruction on colour application, gesture, line and tone at the Cardiff College of Art. “We stood all day long, 60 students packed in a room,” she recalls, “experimenting with charcoal and mixing colours for weeks.” Gillian credits her development as a painter to this early immersive experience.
The artist uses dynamic line and brush work to express the inner essence of forms. She is fascinated by the science of optics and behaviour of light on a molecular level. Sketching with pastels first, she brings together various elements in the final painting. “I work quickly and in short bursts, she says, “usually covering the entire canvas in one session.” Adding layers of colour changes the shape and density of existing forms. She’s often delighted by the soft sparkling light captured by her mark-making.
Gillian’s artwork is informed by periods of work and study in creative meccas around the world. The intrepid traveller has rented a studio/gallery in St Ives Cornwall, facilitated community art projects in Wales, studied Polynesian culture in Hawaii, and lived for ten months in Italy. Before moving to Victoria in 2012 with her partner, Gillian operated a studio/gallery in Nakusp, north of Nelson BC.
Gillian is a gifted teacher who inspires her students to access their creativity through “Painting without Borders” and “Expressive Painting”. Skilled at engaging with community, Gillian has participated in the Moss St Paint-In and ARTISHOW for the past two summers. In 2014, she mounted a solo show at Saanich Municipal Hall and the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Gillian recently spent an afternoon with Jim Gordaneer, a well-respected expressionist painter who exhibits at Winchester Galleries Modern. “It is always a pleasure to share time with a fellow painter,” says Jim, “and Gillian is devoted to her professional practice.” Jim’s comments on Gillian’s paintings are below.
Gordaneer praises the visual drama in The Four. The dark ground sets off the golden figural shapes and the limited palette of two or three colours adds focus. “Many painters use too many colours,” he says. In Blue Host, Gordaneer appreciates the rich shading in the blue/green background. “Moving from light to dark, the activity in the ground is very effective and serves her well,” he says.
In Mystic, Gordaneer comments that the dancing figures appear as gestural marks on the light green ground. “The accenting rusty-red colour is gorgeous,” he says. A similiar warm red illuminates Terra Ferma. Used in a painterly way, the earthy tone outlines the active bodies and tools. “This repetition of colour unifies the painting by giving a sense of connection between figure and ground,” he says.
Energetic Universe shows at the Martin Batchelor Gallery,
712 Cormorant St, Victoria from Feb 7-Mar 5 2015.
Opening with artist in attendance, February 7, 7-9pm.
Below: Energetic Universe installed at the Martin Batchelor Gallery; Gillian Redwood with two artworks.
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