Bella Easton is a painter and printmaker whose work explores the architectural spaces that exists close to her. She distills these personal places by fragmenting them into tiny sections to then reconstruct them using a system of geometry and layering. The new spaces negotiate between the real and the unknown, whilst making connection between image and pattern. The work isolates or abandons reality and the relationship between what may have once seemed ordinary and everyday is given a sense of importance and permanence. The real and familiar becomes bizarre, dreamlike and staged. Her landscapes, filtered through "a lattice of dark trees and branches" have been compared to Peter Doig's "connections between image and pattern" by Jackie Wullschlager in the FT.
Her most recent work is constructed around a grid structure which form landscapes which repeat and mirror, having reference to Rorschach. ‘Blind is printed partly in black onto a graphite base and tonally graded into white on white and ‘Rule 174’ is oil on linen, subtly graded from deepest, darkest to lightest shades of blue pigment. In these large works the city’s streets resonate with elusive atmospheric qualities. Mysterious and mundane, grimy and ethereal, the landscapes here are both threatening and beautiful, familiar and uncanny.
'The burnished repetitions enact a complexly fragmented dance between architectural and natural, and between pattern and image - enhanced here by how the reflected branches form heart-shapes which suggest an emotional overlay at odds, perhaps, with the rational order'. Paul Carey-Kent includes 'Geometric Hearts' in his highlights from the year- Artlyst and Saatchi Online, full article can be viewed at www.paulsartworld.blogspot.com
- London, United Kingdom
Bella Easton studied painting at The Royal Academy and Winchester School of Art, followed by a print fellowship at City and Guilds of London Art School. She currently lives and works in London. Recent and current shows include: ‘Butterfly Effect’, curated by Juan Bolivar for Artkapsule, London (2012); The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012, shortlisted for the London Original print prize; ‘The Seven Lamps’ at Lubomirov-Easton, An Enclave launch event, Deptford; “Scotoma’, Sluice Art Fair, London (2011); ‘Dog Kennel Hill’, The Magnificent Basement, London, (2011) curated by ALISN. Easton has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years including; The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NYC (2010); Crash, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2010); The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy (most years since 1998); ASC Gallery, London (2011); The Threadneedle Prize; SV02 Studio Voltaire, London; the British Council in New Delhi, India (2004); and Rundgang on Hardenbergstraße in Berlin. She was recently made a Painting Finalist in The Celeste Prize 2010. Easton’s work has been supported through awards and purchases from corporate and private funding bodies including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, BMW, Rover Group, M&G Ltd, Tesco, Royal Academy of Arts, Arts Review, ROSL Arts and The Gen Foundation.