WHILE Andy Fullalove is holding his latest exhibition in his home town, Holmfirth, his thoughts are travelling much further afield – to New York and even to China.
Andy’s show at Helen Bray’s Studio, Dunford Road, is titled Unknown Passage and runs from October 14 to 22.
But the biggest news for the artist is that he has been approached by a gallery in New York.
“From next month, I will be fully represented by them, and be part of their stable of artists in their on-line gallery. I will be sending the paintings to them in the next few months,” he adds, “and my exhibition in New York will be in 2012.”
Andy had a very successful exhibition in York over the summer and another is booked there for 2013.
Also with the same gallery, According to McGee, the artist will be showing in various cities across China next year.
Describing what sparks off his paintings, Andy says he is constantly dealing with the shift between the figurative and the abstract.
Different places have inspired this latest exhibition – Lake Garda, Italy, Northumberland, and, of course, Yorkshire.
“Landscape is an invaluable source of inspiration of both subject matter and motifs” he adds, “but never striving to totally record what I am seeing.
“My initial spark begins here, and is then taken further by adding in other elements to be described. Hence, landscape is a cipher by which to project inner thoughts and imaginations.
“Regeneration of the land, with a sense of archaeology, is theme which runs through my work. The notion that civilisations have risen up through adversity alongside the constant force of nature, is fascinating to me.
“The remains of nature’s continuum is a scarred landscape of inevitable contrasts, which informs my paintings.”
Writing about the current exhibition, Andy gives some clues about what people can see, or imagine, from his abstraction.
“Passages through the shifting landscape, with its watery, hypnotic forms. From darkness springs gathered light, emerging from the mist. Overpowering habited mountains shift in and out of view.
“Is this another world we are travelling through?
“Light veils upon an empty passageway. Seemingly uninhabited distant forms, shrouded in mist and light, channel the eye.
“A single glimpse of smoke from the land signified the possibility of light – could humans really exist here?
“Is this the most beautiful place on earth, or the most terrifying? The notion of human existence in obscurity leads us to question why? Why the need to rise to the challenge to conquer the force of nature?
“Is life too complex – do we need less in our lives to enable fulfilment?
“To decipher balance and imbalance within human activity and nature, leads to discord with harmony, which leads us to Unknown Passages.”
To contact Andy, email him on: email@example.com
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