Bobbie Russon has celebrated UK success over the past 8 years, with a growing list of collectors, and this will be the first time showing a new body of work overseas. Her sombre yet beautiful oil paintings often depict young females at an age of transition and vulnerability. In these portraits, she maps a path of loss, awkward self-awareness, and developing sexuality. The narrative within Russon's new series is shaped by the natural ephemera that the subject clutches onto, yet in her gaze, a different story may unravel.
On a similar rebellion against hostile environments, Bristol-based Patrick Haines opposes structure and ingrained beliefs, employing symbols of nesting and dwelling to create juxtapositions between these two worlds. Developing from earlier works that feature elevated subjects such as birds, Haines now seeks his inspiration in the more botanical and and earth-based inhabitants. Religion as ever plays its part in Haines' work, and in his most recent sculpture, he references a symbol of creation in Hindu cosmology, known as 'Brahmanda'. In exploring different planes of reality and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, the sky and the earth unite.