exhibitions & events 2014
In Abstraction - Hetty Haxworth, Aimée Henderson and Rosalind Lawless
Glasgow Print Studio, First Floor Gallery
Exhibition Runs: 7th February – 23rd March
Preview: 6pm - 8pm, Thursday 6th February (Trongate 103 First Thursday)
Above: Hetty Haxworth, Burnished Landscape, monoprint, 95 x 63 cm. Aimée Henderson, Untitled, oil and pencil on paper, 22 x 22 cm. Rosalind Lawless, Studio Window, monoprint, 112 x 75 cm.
Haxworth explores themes relating to harmony and the fleetingness of time. For this exhibition Haxworth presents two bodies of work: the Aqueous series of screenprints evoke the liberating spirit of the 1960s, with free-floating forms drifting like ideas open for exploration and with the potential to be reordered, creating something new and fresh. These sit alongside a series of abstract landscapes in which simplifying the composition, colour, texture and light become the principle elements.
Oxford born, Hetty Haxworth studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.
Image: Hetty Haxworth, Burnished Landscape, monoprint, 95 cm x 63 cm.
"A pool of translucent paint stains the surface, and another is worked on top, then a carefully drawn pencil line separates an area, a masked circle adds a little something to left, then a scratch with a brush, another pool of paint, a dance with anthropomorphism, this is where my work starts the search for a composition.
Fully being where you are is like balance; it's perfected in that moment. It is perfect. I aim to bring about a quiet reawakening of the senses with the hope of finding my own poetic language within. Paint is my passion. I am a painter.
This recent work is a move into experimentation with colour and abstract form. Working predominantly with oils on paper, I slowly tease my compositions out of the painting. The paper is not forgiving, if a mark is made it is difficult to erase. I can't go back."
Aimée Henderson plays with contrasts and harmonies, both in colour and composition; dots, lines, circles and triangles all speak the language of punctuation in a lyrical setting. Henderson is currently undertaking an MFA at Slade School of Fine Art, London having previously completed a BA (Fine Arts) at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Image: Aimée Henderson, Untitled, oil and pencil on paper, 22 x 22 cm.
Rosalind Lawless RGI
Rosalind Lawless is particularly interested in architecture and space, 'space' not as container but as the contained - the solid volume of the air defined by objects: interior space, open space or a very specific space such as a corner of a room, a window blind, the gaps between one room and another the way that walls meet at the top and sides, doorways, and corridors. She continues to explore these ideas of dimensionality as a way of comprehending notions of internal and external areas and documenting the imagined and observed.
Lawless studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004 and has since held shows throughout the UK and internationally. In 2002 she won the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Award culminating in a three month scholarship to Florence. In 2003 she was winner of the Daler Rowney Drawing Prize Royal College of Art, London, in 2004 the Tim Mara Trust Award from the Royal College of Art and in 2005 the Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute, Glasgow. In 2008 and 2009 she was the recipient of the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship Award and Inverarity One to One Travel Award respectively from the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, where in 2013 she became elected member.
Image: Rosalind Lawless, 'Interior Scene', screenprint, acrylic and pastel, 30 x 35 cm.