HENRIETTA DUBREY
'Fifteen New Paintings'

12 July - 27 July, 2013

Henrietta Dubrey - Fifteen New Paintings



It is strange and wonderful how, occasionally, a bolt of inspiration flows into being, predictably unpredictable, and a body of work emerges which seems to connect, to follow suite, develop a story, create a whole picture.

In the search for a new simplicity, a directness of voice, I felt the need to express the ideas in pure abstraction, and following on from and developing my 2012 striped paintings, new bold shapes appeared across the canvasses. The palette of the works is subdued, quiet and contemplative. I was trying to achieve a more meditative and deep, thoughtful oeuvre.

‘Hive’ and ’Context’ were the first to appear, the pared-downness not quite achieved. The inspiration for these paintings was conceived during an IMS Prussia Cove concert on a cold winter’s night in Paul church. As the music played, my mind drifted and the ideas configured. The next morning in the studio, the compositions began to emerge instinctively, the particular ‘T’ shape and its dot repeating down the canvasses, which were worked on simultaneously. The works which followed these, pared down further the dark strong lines on these first paintings, creating grid like shapes, defining areas of canvas.

The whiteness, greyness and blackness, reminiscent of the winter months, the rawness of the season, the bareness, gave way firstly to a need for warmth and intensity as ‘Chocolatier’ was finished upon my return from a trip to London. This painting describes for me a coffee-time treat with my daughter at a favourite haunt of mine since my days at the RA Schools. We sat in Patisserie Valerie in Old Compton Street, sheltering from a beastly January blizzard of sleet and snow outside, luxuriating in delicious pastries within. And then a sudden splurge of brightest green appeared on a canvas, a premonition of spring; work was going well, positive shoots pushed through, and colour was once more introduced to the palette. ‘Seeing Red’, one of the ‘Fifteen’, juxtaposed with the cooler more austere wintry works, carries the concept of spring giving way to midsummer; a June burst of warmth and sunlight. The deep warm reds change subtly down the canvas, through bright red to an intense burnt orange at the bottom of the canvas; the loose brushwork constrained by equally free margin lines, creating a grid like pattern which in turn connect back to paintings like ‘January’.

Minimal in concept, it is an ideal opportunity for me to present these ‘Fifteen New Paintings’ as a body, in the hope that they tell a story of half a year of my artist’s life in West Penwith.

Henrietta Dubrey, April 2013.
Seeing Red
Seeing Red
oil on canvas
2013
130 x 105 cm
SOLD
  Truleigh
Truleigh
oil on canvas
2013
107 x 84 cm
SOLD
  Hive
Hive
oil on canvas
2013
90 x 80 cm
SOLD
  Boscean
Boscean
oil on canvas
2013
93 x 150 cm
SOLD
  Midwinter
Midwinter
oil on canvas
2013
136 x 115 cm
SOLD
  January
January
oil on canvas
2012
86 x 213 cm
SOLD
 
Kinnerton
oil on canvas
2013
90 x 66 cm
SOLD
 
Sleep
oil on canvas
2013
85 x 66 cm
SOLD
  The Rest is Noise
The Rest is Noise
oil on canvas
2013
105 x 238 cm
SOLD
  Tinder Box
Tinder Box
oil on canvas
2013
130 x 105 cm
SOLD
  Winter Song
Winter Song
oil on canvas
2013
72 x 214 cm
SOLD