Edwina Leapman and Annely Juda Fine Art have a long-standing history together, resulting in numerous solo shows since her first with the gallery in 1976. This exhibition brings together recent work with earlier paintings from the 1970’s and 80’s, highlighting her move from the early monochromatic canvases to the recent more spacious and contrasting coloured paintings.
The early works show pronounced lines that are rendered in thin transparent whites, whereas the later work contrasts broad colourful brushstrokes painted over contrasting base colours; ranging from shimmering blues to dark reds and purples. Guided by parallel lines, Leapman draws a brush across the canvas from left to right, thus the paint engages with the weave of the canvas with varying intensity and depth, resulting in her characteristic paintings with their rhythmic, undulating surfaces.
Leapman originally worked figuratively and her early abstract works were a natural evolution from her exploration of Chinese landscapes coupled with her longstanding interest in music and the timely influence of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Her attempts to portray music in painting resulted in an exploration beyond the representation of a musical performance to the underlying structure of the music itself; she wanted to explore sonority, both in music and painting, revealing their common harmonies and tones. Leapman asserts “Sonority is a word to describe a feeling that I would like to find, in painting as in music.” Implicit in her paintings, as in music, is the notion that colour, tone and light influence the emotions. Complementing this, the gallery space allows for a changing experience of Leapman’s paintings with the different conditions of light and space, juxtaposing early and recent works like the differing harmonies that find unity in a single piece of music.
Edwina Leapman: Born in Hampshire in 1934 • Lives and works in London • Solo exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe including the Serpentine Gallery, London 1991 • Group exhibitions include the ICA, London; the Camden Arts Centre, London; Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, London • Works are held in several major collections including the Tate Gallery and the Arts Council, London •
Annely Juda Fine Art: Established in 1960 • Specialises in British Contemporary, Russian Constructivism and masters of 20th century Avant-garde • Represents over 35 international artists including David Hockney, Christo, Anthony Caro, Leon Kossoff and the Estate of Naum Gabo •
For further information and images, please contact [email protected] This exhibition is on the fourth floor of the gallery. The third floor exhibition is: Roger Ackling ‘Brought to Light’ - a separate press release is available.
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