Monday, 30 June 2014

291. LUXOR FISHERMEN by LESLEY DABSON


THE MALL GALLERY
HESKETH HUBBARD ART SOCIETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION

Luxor Fishermen was painted from photographs taken when the artist was on a trip down the Nile. Like Jiri Keller (blog 289) she is a member of the Hesketh Hubbard art society which specialises in life drawing. The works in the current exhibition offer a wide range of imaginative and traditional representations of people in a variety of media, including  portraits,  abstract paintings and many nudes.

But here I've chosen a work by someone whose passion is painting  water, with or without figures, boats or buildings. I think that what attracted me to Luxor Fishermen was the water. Though pierced by the spear and the oar, we see water flowing mellifluously over most of the canvas until it becomes almost an abstract painting with a life of its own. Curves and ellipses fill the space and when well-lit - as it was in the exhibition - the layered paint was transformed into a sparkling surface, giving the illusion that we were present there, experiencing one particular moment in time. In the next second the patterns would have dissolved and the water would have swirled off on its own destiny.

Breaking Waves
www.lesleydabson.co.uk  


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