Cristiana Angelini presents oil paintings, pastels and drawings of the Dareth Valley.
“When I travelled on the train from the port of Dover to London I was puzzled by the small evenness of the fields. Surely the grass was cut regularly to make it so, I speculated, for my Tuscany homeland offered no such ordered spectacle. I had lived close to towering mountains and trees which grew far shorter than the giant elms and oaks I now witnessed.
“This initial shock of experiencing the English countryside deeply influenced my love and development of landscape painting. Living then for many years close to Shoreham and the River Darent it naturally became the focus of my studies. I never paint in front of the subject, I prefer to recollect the image from drawings made in charcoal or pastel and later, in my studio, I sift through these studies attempting to capture the essence of my experience; the magic of a myriad of surface transformations on bark and twisting boughs - the inevitability of slow, powerful growth and its equally inevitable decay. Sometimes it is my drawing which captures the true spirit of these changes, for in spite of differences of scale, both paintings and drawings have equal status.
“Looking back on my days as a student, I remember the incredulity we all shared on seeing black and white prints of Constable trees, so high they seemed to touch the clouds. I count myself fortunate to witness how right he was.”
Venue; Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ.
Open; Everyday 10am - 5pm.
Dates; 3rd October to 28th October 2013
Contact; 020 8463 0100 (box office)
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Summer Amongst the Reeds
Date: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Repeats: Every Day until Monday, October 28, 2013