Clive Redshaw – Gathering

GALLERY ONE, | 10/01/2015 : 15/02/2015

By richardhatfield |

Gathering
I am sure that anyone who sees me will wonder what I am doing, but if I am very lucky I can spend several hours in one place just looking and drawing. The more you look the more you see, shapes fit together in unexpected ways, colours shift and change, there is an excitement in trying to echo and explore this richness; and where is all this wonder? The wonders are everywhere in the quiet things that we pass by each day, things glanced and apparently familiar and for me very often they are literally just down the garden path.
That in essence that is what the show is about, the small things, and the calmness of simply looking and seeing.
The drawings start as a response to the special almost heart stopping moment when some relationship between shapes and colours just shouts out to be explored, this morning it is the low sun finding the maples in the hedge with their buttery yellow leaves. The paintings are developed directly on the paper I have drawn on, and most are worked in acrylic. The work is not a representation, rather in musical terms it’s a variation which respects and explores.
The work tries to leave space for the viewer to bring their own visual memory and experience. In the same way that railway posters of the 1930s could trigger remembered landscape from simple blocks of colour. If am very fortunate the shapes within the work will resonate with the viewer’s own experience, and as they do and their own recollections fill the space the work becomes theirs, they are part of the creative process.
The pictures are a mixture of very recent work, and work drawn from the past few years. There is an emphasis on seasonal change, a reminder in the depths of cold grey January days that light and warmth are on their way.
I believe that the power to wonder is fundamental to all of us, and that the process of wonder is truly enriching, lifting us away from immediate cares and encouraging us to think about our relationship with the world. I hope in seeing the work visitors will be encouraged to pause and find their hidden wonders.

Clive Redshaw

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