cotton, perpetuate, shine Painting by zena blackwell

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Me at the opening of Seen Not Heard. Cotton, perpetuate, shine in the background

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

Chosen by Contemporary British Painting as 'painting of the day'

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The image was used on publicity material for my solo show Seen Not Heard in November 2018

The sources for Blackwell’s imagery are the threads of family life; observations of her children in varying domestic scenarios at rest or at play. With a stylised intensity of vibrant colour and
pattern, the paintings elevate the everyday beyond the ordinary. The Mother / artist’s viewpoint is there as a subversive sub-text throughout the work, revealing an intensity and shift in the ‘normal’ scale of things; to claustrophobic effect. Underneath the witnessed moment of an apparently innocent snapshot of childhood, there is the constant undertone of adult anxiety, and
a sense of building drama.




cotton, perpetuate, shine

zena blackwell

United Kingdom


Size: 19.7 W x 25.5 H x 1.5 in

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