Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Andrew Giddens - Colours of the Morning

 I met up with Andrew Giddens on the beach that is the inspiration for his third solo show at Beside The Wave.  His little boys climbed and played as he got out his sketch book to look into the light and make notes and sketches for another painting.
 He explained that it is the early morning that the new exhibition is about.  The birth of a new day, before there are footsteps in the sand, when the world is as it has been since it all began.  The sun, a blaze of glorious light.  Waves like luminous ribbons twisted from many colours.  This is what he paints and here is where he paints it.  It is a beach that he knows intimately and the arrangement of distant cliff and crag are as lovingly depicted as a family portrait.
He has become fascinated by the reflections in wet sand and thinks that as he works his paintings are becoming more abstract.  Indeed close up they appear as a woven tapestry of many layers of colour and yet when viewed from a few paces back they become perfect representations of light and water.  The clean promise of a new day shines from these canvases. 
As we finished talking his little boys leap from their rocky climbing and run off across the beach, which reminds me of how fresh and lovely it is to see the pure childlike joy that is in all of Andrew's work and what a rare and precious thing that is.
Go and see for yourself, breathe in the fresh, ozone rich, air of a new day and enjoy the work of Andrew Giddens.
The exhibition opens on Friday 13th with a private view at 6pm and continues until Wednesday 25th of May.

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