From the 18th June 2018 we are showing an exhibition of large canvas portraits in oil and drawings by Helen Morley called “Crossed Roads”. After gaining a BA (hons) in Fine Arts from the University for Creative Arts in Canterbury Helen has gone on to excel in fine art, illustration and even wallpaper designs. A chance conversation has led to an exhibition of a series of portraits that push the viewer to examine and debate. One of the aims of a portrait artist is to capture the mood of their sitter and in these works the torment of human emotion in a particular time or event has been captured in all its pitiful glory. In the open space of the gallery these large paintings can breathe and create a dramatic atmosphere.
“The abstract mark making and ‘play’ made with the beautiful and slippery material of oil paint, is me being childlike and surrendered. I hope you will view the painting up close and see the colour, the smear, the blotch, the flick, the experiment, the bruise, the energy, the hope of redemption. To make them, I didn’t do any under-drawing or try and ‘look’ at the painting beyond 8 inches from my nose, because I was lost in paint. For better or worse, the images arranged themselves…Before Grace can come, there must be a need for it.”
Unit Three Gallery is a working space with activity and vitality and one of the aims of the gallery is to show unusual and challenging work but in a relaxed and informal way. Helen encourages the viewer to see the works up close, to experience the movement and direction of the paint.
The exhibition runs until the 30th June and, as always, entry is free.
Coming in July 2018
a solo exhibition by Lou Martin
All images © respected artists and Unit 3 Gallery. Website © Unit 3 Gallery
Unit Three Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG8 9AB