Friday, 22 July 2011

Emma Dunbar

The gallery is filled with a joyous burst of colour.  Lovely paintings grace the walls each one like a secret scrap book full of experience, memory and musing. Collections of things arranged and rearranged, sorted and saved.  At once both thoughtfully intricate and simply bold.
Beautifully painted flowers nestle against exuberant swathes of colour.  Colours that should clash dont seem to, everything has its place in the wonderful world of Emma Dunbar.
Patterned ceramics are lovingly rendered with a Fedden like simplicity, marks made by painting on and scratching out.  Images are collaged in and painted over, gold is added only to be hidden later.  Its a treasure hunt, a romp through a collectors cupboards.
Birds peck at a richly textured purple earth, sheep are scattered on patterned fields, moss green on emerald beside viridian.  Trees and twigs appear as flat designs or as scraffito marks into patches of carefully applied paint.
These are woven, multi layered and finely worked paintings that express a joie de vivre.  They are a celebration of the little things in life that are so important. They are quite simply, joyful.

Come along to the gallery and get your joy prescription.  The Emma Dunbar exhibition opens on Friday 22nd July with a private view at 6pm and continues until August 3rd.  And we will see you there, smiling!

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