Latest News... Beyond The Grand Canal Exhibition 2012.
Lesley is pleased to announce her forthcoming Solo Exhibition at the Heartbreak Gallery , 17 Bulstrode Street , London W1U 2JH.
The "Beyond The Grand Canal" Exhibition runs from the 11th of October until the 11th of November 2012. Please feel free to drop by if you are in Marylebone.
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In the Artist's own words....
The inspiration for my new “Heart of the City” series of paintings was as a result of my attendance at the offices of TC Young Solicitors on George Square for Glasgow's Winter Fest Christmas lights switch on which culminated in a fireworks extravaganza. The view of George Square from the office windows and roof is spectacular. I decided to focus an my new artwork on the small central area of Glasgow around George Square over the course of a year. I have always had a fascination for smoke and fire both of which have been elements in my paintings but rarely the main subject.
I tend to work in themes, and I am best known for my realistic figurative interior Glasgow Tenement paintings (“39 weeks and waiting”, currently displayed at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum) and a series depicting Arlington Baths Club. The new large Firework paintings are a departure for me in that they are much looser and the City Chambers building becomes an almost abstract pattern of shapes.
I experimented with different techniques using my hands, fingers and palette knife, only using a brush at the end to suggest some detail. By contrast the smaller studies of Glasgow cafes in the sun, George Square on a hot day and the staircase inside the City Chambers are small and highly detailed.
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