Private view: Thursday 20th June 6.00pm - 9.00pm
The artist will be present. Wine and canapés will be served.
The writer DH Lawrence once issued a plea for artists to abandon calculation and let the muse run free. He said: “Away with all ideals. Let each individual act spontaneously from the ever incalculable prompting by the creative wellhead within him.”
It’s a philosophy that’s shared by the Welsh painter and sculptor Barbara Myers, who returns for her second Catto show after a warmly received debut in 2011.
Barbara says it’s always been her aim to render what she feels about a subject rather than what she sees. It’s an approach that led her, inevitably, to the abstract. She says: “I was initially drawn to abstraction because of its freedom of expression and ability to convey feelings without boundaries.”
You can see this clearly in her paintings, which the Catto is pleased to show for the first time. Look closely at the ‘White’ and the ‘Chaos/Structure’ series of paintings, both of which convey – in a pleasingly abstract fashion – ideas of personal development and relationships.
The same qualities are evident in the large scale outdoor bronze sculptures, which are now so keenly sought after by collectors. Barbara is now a sculptor of international renown – and it’s works such as the ‘Outline Series’ that have become her signature. The works express the power of the collective as a group of figures overcoming their individuality through communication to become complete.
There's a more figurative approach in the fantastic Back To Back piece, which says so much – and with such economy – about human connection.
Barbara says: “I find that bronze is a highly sensitive material and suits these ideas perfectly. The outdoor bronze pieces are affected by heat, light and air which all create an ever changing appearance in a natural garden setting.
“This changing appearance seems so organic and for me it helps each piece of work to find its own voice. I am overwhelmed to find a growing number of ‘listeners’ who understand that special language.”