‘Lotus’ 75cm x 75cm by Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf
SUMMER EXHIBITION FEATURING REBECCA FONTAINE-WOLF
15th June – 10th August
The Summer Show will as always be a visual feast of artworks and will introduce three new artists to the gallery; Internationally renowned painter, COLIN TAYLOR, a member of the MAFA and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sculptor, NEIL WOOD who has a number of public sculptures in municipal collections nationwide and LIZA MACKINTOSH whose poetic paintings investigate the multitude of connections within nature.
There will also be a special showcase of the latest REBECCA FONTAINE-WOLF paintings titled:
DREAMS, PROMISE & THE DIVINE
Inspired by the female archetype, from saints to voodoo spirits to the goddesses of the Greek Pantheon, Dreams, Promise and the Divine is a creative exploration into the many forms these archetypes inhabit. They offer a plethora of possibilities of what it means to be a woman. “Traditional” feminine traits, such as kindness, passivity and a desire to nurture do of course feature, as do icy determination, power, cunning, and everything in between.
Since childhood I’ve drawn mythological female characters. These have evolved and fed directly into the themes I work on in my current painting practice, which is primarily concerned with female identity, desire and mortality. The starting point for this body of work was an interest in how female spirits and goddesses could serve a way of externalising and giving character to many women’s experiences, making them visible and thereby legitimising them.
These spirits, goddesses, and archetypes, felt very familiar despite being so far removed from contemporary life and seemed to be reflected in the many women I’m surrounded by. The culminating series was born from a playful interpretation of these ideas in which archetypal characters, goddesses and symbols were incorporated and reimagined with images of my contemporaries.
At this very pivotal point where women’s rights, equality and gender are at the forefront of global attention, this series of paintings offers a playful and contemporary take on female archetypes and invites us to question how they continue to shape our view of womanhood.
By Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf
Jeannette Hayes ‘Yesterday’ 92cm x 120cm framed
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf ‘Persephone’ 26cm x 20cm
Colin Taylor ‘St Ives West Pier’ 60cm x 80cm
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf ‘The Task at Hand’ 60cm x 42cm
Colin Taylor ‘Barton Bridge’ 60cm x 80cm
Neil Wood ‘The Dance’ 34cm x 25cm
Liza Mackintosh ‘Stratus’ 70cm x 80cm
Leanne Stephens ‘Sleepy Head’ 50cm x 50cm
Suchi Chidambaram ‘A View from the Tate’ 76cm x 76cm
Neil Wood ‘Dance Conversation’ 54cm x 21cm
Liza Mackintosh ‘Birch’ 50cm x 50cm
Zoe Hyde ‘Pattern’ 49cm x 62cm framed
Heather Duncan ‘To the Lake’ 43cm x 43cm framed