Thursday, 7 April 2011

Catherine Forshall and Sarah Gillespie

Two very different artists, both with a popular following. Catherine has spent many years living and painting in the South of France, and her paintings, almost solely of FISH (acrylic on linen) benefit from a particular technique that she suggests is connected with exposure to that special sunlight. Somehow she manages a fluidity in the painting that is reminiscent of water-colour, giving a marvellous luminosity to the works.
Whilst Forshall is concerned with what goes on under the sea, Sarah Gillespie is the ultimate perfectionist in terms of light - on the sea and on water in general. Her awe-inspiring technique in oils and also in charcoal and pencil could, but doesn't, disguise the true nature of her intense engagement with the wonders of the natural world. The results are paintings of depth and great beauty.

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