Sarah Poland was born in Inverness in 1974 and graduated with a BA[Hons] from Edinburgh College of Art before completing an MFA at Aberystwyth School of Art in 2015. In the autumn of 2017, Poland undertook an artist residency at Elysium Gallery’s Test-bed space, is this/this is

Poland describes her practice as being ‘very much about the materiality of paint and the act of painting. ‘In painting I want something of the immediacy of drawing: its explosiveness, brevity, rawness and also a type of mark-making that is not consciously directed and informs both the beginning and the final stages of making an image. Paintings can be weighty, at the same time possessed with a lightness of spirit – both of which are inescapably a part of nature. I believe that nature and landscape can be a metaphor for human experience and that this can help to create a depth of perception’.

Speaking about the work of Roger Cecil Sarah says:

“For me, Roger Cecil’s approach to making paintings was akin to Joan Eardley in Scotland, who had a huge formative influence on me as a child and whose influence still continues – they both painted the natural landcape but also the grit of working-class life within it’s environment. With both of these painters, I find their crossing of the blurry line between abstraction and figuration, their use of colour, their stoicism to paint whatever the weather conditions and their tenacity towards their own practice – to be unswayed by the current theme, congruent with my own approach and creative practice focused on nature and my experience of living.

My current project, now in it’s 6th year, is about an experience of living off-grid, in a Nomadic Studio, in an 80 acre oak woodland in west Wales.

I paint about my particular human experience and believe that nature and landscape can be a metaphor for this and can help to create depth of perception rather than an illusion. As a way of working through ideas I make studies in series – I would make endless walks, drawings, photographs, observations, listenings, night walks making photographic moon drawings, bathing in the woodland bath in river water with a fire beneath me, collecting wood, making fires, making charcoal, river swims, collecting oak galls to experiment in ink making while walking around and through the woodland. I even saw the savage grace of a black panther making it’s way silently, ahead, across my path. Although I don’t work directly from these studies they are part of an ‘immersion in practice’, a constant improvisation with visual language, working ‘in the moment’ where the physical act of making is, in part, an ontological process.

I believe that one of the things that make painting distinctive is how the perception of time is evaluated: its histories can be visible and at the same time all are firmly in the present. In painting I want something of the immediacy of drawing: its explosiveness, brevity, rawness and also a type of mark-making that is not consciously directed and informs both the beginning and the final stages of making an image.

Many times I wasn’t sure whether the trees were dancing, making music or calligraphy; observations like these help to inform the work. It was a totally immersive experience for both living and making a body of work – living in something until yourself is forgotten.”

 

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Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Gallery Talk

4 Contemporary Painters in Conversation

Helen Booth ● Laura Edmunds ● Catrin Llwyd Evans ●Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

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Image: Sarah Poland: Neon and Rust 2015, Oil, Acrylic, Iron Filings, Salt and Graphite Dust on Canvas, 200 x 100cm

Catrin Llwyd Evans was awarded the Peter Prendegast Drawing Prize in her foundation year at Coleg Menai in 2008, before gaining a Fine Art degree from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2010. Her paintings consider the industrial landscape and explore the unseen, the everyday and the mundane in a loose, painterly method, at times veering towards the abstract.

Speaking about the work of Roger Cecil Catrin says:

“I have only recently come across the work of Roger Cecil. Despite this I believe that his influence on my work will be ever lasting. I was instantly drawn to the work, not only by the colours and forms but also in the confidence displayed in his paintings, especially in the smaller works which he created on paper. His approach to painting inspires me to be bold and brave, not to follow rules and traditional practices and to enjoy the wonderful process of painting.”

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Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Gallery Talk

4 Contemporary Painters in Conversation

Helen Booth ● Laura Edmunds ● Catrin Llwyd Evans ●Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

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Image: Catrin Llwyd Evans:  Concrete 2017, Oil on Canvas Paper, 11 x 13cm

Laura Edmunds is a Welsh artist born and currently based in Cardiff. Laura completed an MA in Fine Art from Curtin University, Western Australia in 2014.

Her work focuses on states of being, things without edges and a collective inner turmoil drawing from the human experience. Pivoting on points of ambiguity, ambivalence and time, Laura considers the drawn mark as a method of searching for meaning. There are two strands to her work; a preoccupation with time and melancholy, but also expanded approaches to contemporary drawing. Reflecting on the idea that we are impermanent, Laura captures the fragile and the temporal in relation to states of being; how one moment shifts to the next. Time is inherent through the work, however it is unconcerned with notions of a defined ‘future’ or ‘past’ but more so with a blurring of moments and the continual experience of time. the drawings are concerned with what cannot be seen or touched, visions of that which is indistinguishable.

Speaking of the work of Roger Cecil Laura says:

“Roger Cecil spent time with his works. The painted surfaces are imbued with layers added, removed and added once again. Moments and shifting movements shimmer under layers of matter (often paint, plaster, car door filler). This is what I took from Roger’s work – his preoccupation with works being built up over time. The magic of not letting a tone sit still on the surface, but teasing it to a soft pink, no, grey – now green. Observing and watching the light over spaces and objects shift and change. A quiet meditation on the space around him, the Welsh Valleys, the intersection where industrial action meets another force entirely: nature.

My work is preoccupied with the allusive and ambiguous. Pivoting on points of palimpsest, the surface of things and ghosts, drawing is used as a method of tracing the gestures of movement and corporeality. Concerned with opposites, my work is informed by conversations between the separate and the united, the outside and inside, the delicate and the bold, and furthermore, what happens when these opposites meet. Examining the body as a container, my work seeks to imagine spaces where you could spill out of yourself, capturing the fragility of the body through the drawn mark.”

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Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Gallery Talk

4 Contemporary Painters in Conversation

Helen Booth ● Laura Edmunds ● Catrin Llwyd Evans ●Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

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Image: Laura Edmunds:  an exercise in making all the wrong marks #2 2017, Drafting Film, Soft Pastel and Oil Paint, 48 x 35 cm

Helen Booth graduated in 1989 from Wimbledon School of Art. Her tutors were Bernard Cohen and George Blacklock. In 2012 Helen won the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award for painting. She lives and works in west Wales

Booth’s understated yet powerful abstracted landscapes are, in her own words, ‘gestural images, offering a personal view of transcendent nature’. Inspired by the Welsh winter light, silver, black, grey and white, booth strives to capture the flattening quality of it, the way it turns everything into line, making geometry of landscapes and rock formations and distilling everything else – skeletal trees and  melancholy weather – to scratches, scuffs and scars.

Speaking about the work of Roger Cecil Helen says:

“I was first made aware of Roger Cecil’s wonderful paintings when I moved to Wales in 1996. I had the fortune to exhibit alongside his work in Llantarnam Grange and then be the Artist in Residence working alongside Oriel Myrddin during his solo exhibition in 2006. 

His work had an immediate impact. His controlled pallet and his use of black and white was the initial draw. There is a simplicity to his work, an unassumed assurance in the way that he applies his paint. He manages to create a real sense of peace and beauty, meditative work that pulls you in and expands the more time you spend in front of it. I am particularly drawn to his charcoal drawings of telegraph poles and telephone lines and his aerial maps of the landscape. His scratchy impulsive marks have real affinity, as does his wonderfully waxy surfaces.

I too strive for this beauty and simplicity in my own work. Using simple abstracted lines and flattened space, I endeavour to make work that captures a similar emotional response.”

Find out more about Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters


 

Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Gallery Talk

4 Contemporary Painters in Conversation

Helen Booth ● Laura Edmunds ● Catrin Llwyd Evans ●Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters  to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

Free entry, no need to book.

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Image: Helen Booth:  Intangible Envy 2017, Oil on Canvas,  diptych of 2x 90 x 122cm

Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Helen Booth Laura Edmunds Catrin Llwyd Evans Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

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