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Muted Passion - 3 Painting

Rachel Newton

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 D in

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The mind, in a state of hibernation is immune from passion. Muffled in the name of self preservation, the embers of the soul lie dormant in wait of ignition. Many layers of mixed media offer overall depth. Texture is gained from manipulation (and selective removal) of emulsion paint and acrylic paint. Part of the painting is highlighted using matt varnish and wax to provide a subtle sheen. The painting is on appropriately primed MDF board, with no hanging hardware on reverse. The painting is signed on the front and back. The nature of chronic illness is such that often those that suffer with it are ashamed to speak about it, even with loved ones, and those that live with sufferers are confused by it. Having lived with M.E and fibromyalgia for over 10yrs, my strategy for dealing with the frustration was to go into a sort of state of 'hibernation'. However, eventually I discovered painting as a form of expressing those associated emotions. One of the most satisfying responses to my work from others is their recognition that the paintings somehow also reflect their own experiences of illness (mental or physical). I have had some emotional exchanges with people who feel relieved to share what they ordinarily feel to be a taboo subject.

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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 D in

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A self taught abstract painter born in Norfolk in 1970, now living and working in Middlesex, I create works in a variety of media, mainly acrylics and gesso to create atmospheric and deceptively understated pieces. I started abstract painting during a long period of chronic ill health as it provided comfort. Feeling imprisoned in my own body, it followed that my mind, perhaps as a form of  self-preservation 'hibernated', and abstract art became the obvious and indeed only form of self expression. The addition (and removal) of multiple layers of mixed media over a large expanse of board offer overall depth. Emerging delicately from that expanse are textured details evoking fresh possibilities to challenge the stability of hibernation. Occasionally, textured areas, sometimes in gold leaf, give an overriding sense of understated optimism. Inspired partly by Japanese aesthetics, the beauty of simplicity also proved calming during those years of illness, where the ‘void’ of an apparent simple block of colour becomes a space of potentiality and hope. Having previously worked as a picture frame restorer I developed an appreciation of the qualities of some of the traditional materials used in that field. Incorporating them in many of my paintings they help to provide depth and texture.

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