What's on show
COLOUR BLIND BY BHARAT PATEL
6th October - 2nd November 2014
Bharat is an Oxford based photographer who has spent many years developing his own style of photography. He has been a keen self-taught photographer since an early age. Born in India, Bharat has spent many years in Uganda where he was raised and Brazil where he worked as a communications engineer for many years in the 70’s and 80’s. Over the last 10 years he admits that he is addicted to photography in all its forms – Travel, Nature, Portrait, Macro, 3D and many more.
Lately Bharat has explored the printing of images in black and white because he feels that it resembles an art form. “Black and white is not how we see the world and it is not reality but it is capable of exciting deep routed senses. With no colours to “distract” the mind all the purity of expression is brought to the fore”. This can be felt in many of Bharat’s images.
Bharat prints his own images using a special Black Only (BO) technique. He has developed a unique printing method using 3 or more “pure” black inks to give the look and feel of the traditional dark room printing. His prints have a beautiful luminance, which extends through the tonal range and producing a glowing appearance. Bharat transforms an ordinary image into an extraordinary piece of work.
The images in this exhibition form part of Bharat’s special Black and White series which are printed on archival quality matt paper and mounted on 20”X16” acid-free mount boards.
STRING THEORY BY JULIEN MASSON
13th November - 21st January
Julien is a French Artist based in the UK. He has lived and studied Fine Art in France, the UK and Italy. He regards his paintings as exploration of painted 3d space on a flat surface. The works are often formed of meshes or strands (paint, clay or digital) intricately weaved together. They are ambiguous but there is also dynamism within them; they are built in patterns that repeat over and over again. These patterns are inspired by mathematically generated images through the use of digital medium used in science and engineering such as 3d scanning and tomography. The work still retains a natural quality because of the defects and glitches that occur throughout the production of each piece.
The work draws inspiration from the digital culture of today. It is inspired by CG aesthetics but also arcs back to the random events and the unpredictability of things. Random patterns are layered and repeated. These layers create complex numeric networks that echo the complexity of Nature. The concept repetition and evolution of form allows me to create an infinity amount of variations. Clouds or scales on a hair all contain shapes that can repeat themselves on an infinite scale.
For the artist the point of making is to discover the work through the act of creation itself. The surface patterns endlessly repeat and create an infinite amount of variations; starting with one line the surface creates it own signature wave.
PAINTINGS BY PETER PERRY
16th November – 25th January
Peter studied the earth sciences to PhD level at university, followed by training in forestry as a mature student. Much of his subsequent life has been spent working out-doors and therefore landscape and the natural environment are Peter’s main inspiration.
Currently working mainly in oil, soft pastel and watercolour, making many small outside studies, some of which are later developed as large oils. Pastel and watercolour are not only convenient for working outdoors, but also enable Peter to create subtle atmospheric effects. Occasionally using oil pastel for bold, bright colours, and charcoal or graphite when he’s concerned with pattern and tone rather as oppose to colour.
The artist’s work varies enormously in scale and focus, whilst he enjoys making small detailed studies of nature; a feather or a leaf, capturing the huge sweep of a sky, or bare landscape, with little or no detail and most of the emphasis on atmosphere is also a focus for Peter.
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