ARUSHA GALLERY are delighted to present a new collection of paintings by London based artist, Charlotte Keates debuting at their Edinburgh gallery this May. Sojourn is a new body of work made in response to her recent 'inspiration trip' around the United States and Canada which took place during the summer and Autumn of 2016.
‘I am trying to negotiate a space that captures a sense of stillness and peacefulness that can be achieved from a temporary experience or place; even if only for a short while. I want to attempt to trigger a feeling or memory within the viewer, it's important that they feel something; whilst documenting my own personal experiences and observations, crossing the boundaries between nostalgia and the anticipation of the unknown.
Ever-inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s classical architectural interiors; with the aesthetics of an artists working atelier, I aim to create intriguing and surprisingly illusionary interiors. The Landscape and Sea, with Swimming Pools and Birch Trees have consistently become a significant part, and over time any combination of these features are likely to play an integral role in my paintings. What is outside and surrounding us, I find exhilarating and inspiring; a beautiful location, or setting, becoming the anchor of the painting, as this exterior I allow to flood into the interior. The viewer’s own experiences and imagination play as much a part of the narrative as my own, whilst a moment or scene is composed from my imagination, the story is left entirely ambiguous to unfold as the viewer wishes it to.’ Charlotte Keates 2017.