Karina Rosanne Barrett, Rosemary Burton & Sally James Thomas - New Work
28 September 2017 - 15 October 2017
Karina Rosanne Barrett was born in Derbyshire in 1981 and studied Illustration at Glyndŵr University. She lives in Snowdonia and paints the surrounding landscape, citing Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula in north Wales as her main sources of inspiration. More often than not, she paints the landscape 'en plein air.’
She says of her work; "The sea is a very important subject for my work; its sheer power and beauty have always had a strong influence on me. I am fascinated by the enigmatic light around the coast, and I never tire of trying to capture its tricks on canvas."
Her paintings not only capture the play of light on sea and land, but often depict dwellings made small by vast, sweeping skies and that have merged with the landscape she cherishes.
Rosemary Burton was born in Cardiff in 1939. She studied Fine Art at the Polytechnic of Wales between 1974 and 1978 and went on to have a very successful career in teaching. More recently she has become established as one of Wales' leading artists working with collage, and her hugely popular work is in numerous private collections throughout Britain and abroad.
"Over the years I have drawn, painted and made collages depicting flowers, and they have become an important part of my work. They are also a part of my earliest childhood memories… of my father pointing out the beauty, shapes and names of wild flowers. I still enjoy looking at and having flowers around me, and with this background it is not surprising that they appear regularly in my work".
The seeming simplicity of Rosemary’s work belies its complexity: the very fabric of the paper is used to suggest the delicate veined petals of her flowers and these are then complemented by her use of bold, vibrant colours.
Sally James Thomas was born in Cardiff in 1973 and graduated from Middlesex University in 1995 with a degree in Fine Art with Sociology. After a period in London, she returned to her home in North Pembrokeshire where living, working and engaging with the coast continually influences her use of colour, texture and subject-matter.
Through a combination of techniques, Sally explores strength and presence – contrasted with concepts of the ephemeral and disintegration. Natural and synthetic shapes, forms and textures are integrated with the physical process of making being as important as the finished work. Her strong interest in geology is linked with the compression element necessary for printmaking, which she uses, often not to produce multiples, but for the distinctive qualities that can be achieved in a unique monotype.