Just like I’d rather be painting than writing about painting, abstract painting in particular allows a certain freedom of thought, literally “abstracted ideas”, which, through the medium of paint, gesture, colour, line and form, allow me the painter, and the viewer, to interpret a composition on many different levels, leading to a discourse and often something other, or becoming more than the sum of its parts. Like a portrait painted under intense scrutiny, subtleties of tone set a scene; the chaotic and accidental nature of mark making add an unknown excitement to the work.
‘Abstract’ was initially conceived having painted ‘Mural’, ‘Mur’, and ‘Pollination’ for the London Art Fair in January 16. The uncompromising, subconscious gestural marks creating narratives of their own. Exploring this and the use of paint I am rediscovering a freedom of language often lost in the more descriptive figurative paintings.
- Henrietta Dubrey, January 2016
This solo exhibition will celebrate a new series of 26 gestural, nonfigurative, immediate response paintings, each with its own unique story to tell and mood to convey.