Thursday, 7 August 2014

Priseman-Seabrook Collection

I am delighted to announce that 'Eclipse' is now part of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting. 

Eclipse. Oil/acrylic on canvas.
© Julie Umerle

Here is a short descriptive piece about the painting that I have written for the catalogue:

I am interested in exploring the physicality of paint, making paintings that exist at the meeting point of decision and accident. Eclipse replaces brush strokes with the direct interaction of liquid elements on canvas. Alternately layering oil and acrylic, a reaction is produced between the two mediums that is a by-product of the materials. The interaction of the materials, together with the effects of gravity, activates the surface. 

The breakdown and falling apart of the surface, where layers of oil and acrylic pull against each other and don't quite hold the ground, is what interests me. I want the work to contain an element of disintegration or measure of disorder which threatens to disrupt any attempt at a complete reading. The way that the edge is wrapped, or the internal gravity of the painting disrupted by turning the canvas in the making of the work, contributes to that sense of dislocation.

The Priseman-Seabrook Collection highlights work produced by artists practicing in Britain in the 21st Century. The first showing of the collection will be at Huddersfield Art Gallery later this year. The collection will be exhibited there from November 2014 - March 2015. A catalogue of the exhibition is available on.Amazon.


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