Two new exhibitions at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1
This gallery which is just a stone’s throw from Goodge Street Station hosts two new exhibitions over the coming couple of weeks:
Sarah Ball | Damaged Humans, 28th May – 7th June 2014
This is the artist’s first London solo show. The basis for her works is historic photographs with many drawn from archives in the USA and Denmark. All portrayed are in some way “damaged” and it is this that draws Ball to depict their suffering whether they are a soldier, prisoner, woman or patient. The photographs she uses as a source offer clarity and insight into the subject and what they have suffered. She is able to translate this into her portraits so as to engage the viewer and to remind us that we all can experience damage of some kind. By the way she was named Welsh Artist of the Year in 2013.
Painting Works | John Middleton, 9th June–13th June 2014
It may well be argued that in John Middleton’s case life can create art. It certainly appears to have been a source of solace and a well of creativity to him. Although he has shown sculptures it is painting that he still, at the age of 74, practices daily. His works play with the lines between the figurative and abstract and it is only in the last twenty years that he has attained a sense of peace with his artistic process. He never measures time and so does not date his work – he says, ‘A piece of string has a beginning and an end. I will never remember where it starts or ends, only the in-between matters. Life is a one shot deal – just dig it while it is happening.’