Jonathan Ross, director of Gallery 286, is delighted to be showing Deborah Lanyon again after a gap of over ten years. “Her work is as expressive and colourful as ever”, he says “and works equally well in London light as in brighter European locations where much of it was inspired. If you are looking for something to cheer yourself up through the dark winter months in England or to add a zing to the white walls of your home by the sea, Deborah’s work will do the trick”.
Deborah Lanyon explains her work as follows:
I entitled this recent body of work “A View of the Landscape” because when we look at the landscape we all respond visually, emotionally or physically and at times a combination of all three. It is these responses that I am interested in exploring.
My visual interpretation is not about illustration or picturing what I see. Instead it is my intention to keep the eye guessing and to provide a language of mark-making that helps best describe what I am looking at. As a result this way of working can often become more abstract.
My emotional response to the landscape can be guided by weather conditions, colour, light or perhaps the time of day. My response to the landscape is quite often instinctive - if I feel that the land is soaring and the rhythms deep I might paint in a faster, seemingly more agitated state.
The application of the paint, whether it is thickly applied, washed, veiled or dripped, is an intentional act to augment a more visceral response. My physical response can be determined by a space I am looking at or one I am physically in. I try to organise this space by using shapes and colour on the canvas. I hope that the spectator can therefore sense the physical and emotional experience which I had face-to-face with the landscape and share its journey into painting.
Gallery 286 is located in a Victorian terraced house in Earl’s Court, the home of Jonathan Ross and his artist wife Camilla Shivarg. The period features and antique furniture combined with halogen lighting in the exhibition spaces make it unlike any other London gallery. During the winter a gas fire welcomes you in the first reception area and weather permitting a look at the prize winning garden at the rear of the property is always an enjoyable surprise for first-time visitors. 286 has a salon-like atmosphere with many artists attending regularly. Almost a private club but with no membership fee, all you need is to email the gallery to receive invitations to Private Views.