Paintings & Collages 3-26 June 2016
Still life is a recurring theme in Andrea’s work. Bowls and vases stand quietly alone. The objects are calm and serene, complex patterns and textures reveal simple forms.
Her new work is inspired by the ceramic collection at the V&A and ‘Paintings and Collages’ focuses on the tactile, hand-made ceramics, often made for domestic use. She is attracted to these objects because they are ephemeral and functional. She likes to find beauty in the ordinary. Andrea can be inspired by a vase of flowers on a friend’s table, a patterned quilt in a magazine, objects from her own house or garden. She collects shells and pebbles from day trips and holidays for reference. She records visual memories in sketch books, with notes to remind her of colours and sensations.
Andrea’s paintings are a journey. She can work on several pieces at a time. She excavates through layers of paint to reveal the ‘old’ paintings, and to recover textures underneath. Adding paint can provide structure and boundaries on the surface. The collage element is a new feature in her work. She has always composed paintings by collaging paper ‘designs’ onto her studio wall and using collage captures the spontaneity and immediacy of her creative process.
Andrea graduated from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, with a BA Honours Degree. She studied at Oxford University and she was a Primary School teacher for a number of years before devoting her life to painting. Andrea lives and works in London. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries across London and the UK. In 2014 a still life painting of hers was selected for the National Open Art Exhibition at Somerset House. Her work is held in private collections throughout the UK and abroad.
For more information and to contact Andrea directly visit her website andreahumphries.com
3 minutes to midnight at the Place of Welcome
6-30 May 2016
Belfast-born multi-disciplinary artist Steven Quinn, brings together some of his thought-provoking and witty paintings and collages on the recurring theme of domesticising nuclear, political and intergalactic conflicts.
The show's title refers to the time the 'Doomsday' clock expects the world to end (3 mins to midnight) and Walthamstow (or Wilcumestou in the Domesday Book, in 1086) which translates from old English as Place of Welcome.
'3 minutes to midnight' includes some of Quinn's surreal and dystopian collages, Star Wars Family Portraits and (with a nod to Walthamstow hero William Morris) his terrorist wallpaper.
To see more of his work and to order prints visit his website stevenquinnartist.com