I have visited the Towner gallery in Eastbourne to see the East Sussex Open 2014 which was very good.
The East Sussex Open was an exhibition of art work from a competition. There was a wide selection of types of art, from sculptures to paintings and installations. There were also a range of styles, with lots of abstract work and some more figurative pieces.
Here are some of the paintings which I liked most at the exhibition (above). Eden Kotting’s drawings have free loose lines and solid areas of colour. She uses quite a limited palette, focusing on black, ochre and white, with some blue, green, red and pink. The colours don’t have tonal gradation, but the layering of different colours has a textural effect.
The colours of the backgrounds and negative spaces has a dramatic effect on the images. I think that using black and ochre in the backgrounds makes the figures stand out, pushing them to the front of the image. While the white background has the illusion of depth, as if the figures in the paintings could step backward, further into the painting.
Eden and Andrew Kotting are a father and daughter who make art together.
Another artist I found inspiring at this exhibition was Mark Glassman, his painting: Life is a beach.
His work is mixed media on canvas, with pieces of wood stuck onto the surface and ink drawing on top of layers of paint. It is a large painting, approximately a metre in length. I really like the colour scheme of yellowy browns; if you look closely the over all colour has specks of pinks and purples, oranges and reds.
I also liked the drawings of Josephine Gallagher who made abstract images of circles and ovals which were coloured in blues with a grey background. There were some white circles, and lots of little flecks of black and burnt umber.
This painting by David Rees Davies is eerie and reminds me of Salvador Dali’s paintings.
Here are some websites I have found in the process of further researching this exhibition and the artists who showed their work.
I really like the drawings I have found on both Kotting’s and Rees Davies’ websites. They have unique styles.
Here is one of the drawings I have found on Rees Davies’ website:
Here are two drawings I found on Eden Kotting’s website: