ANGEL A'COURT


I am an artist and printmaker, working predominantly in soft pastel, whether painting, printing, collaging or paper making. Originally from London, New York has been home for the last thirteen years, with a recent break of eighteen months spent in Tokyo, Japan.

Part of my evolution has been the influence of experiencing and living in different cultures which have offered up a visual and emotional dimension to the work. It has provided the opportunity to become an onlooker, ob-serving that although routines, customs and heritage may differ, they all provide a structure for our day to day interactions with one another and affirm our need for connection.

Alongside pastel work in the studio, I have been paper making at Dieu Donné New York and continue to print with master printer Roni Henning in Brooklyn.

I move slowly in the studio, so that ideas can free-float. There is a rhythm and pace here that enables me to feel my way around a painting. With a sensibility rather than a single idea, I'll begin painting so that randomness and equilibrium work alongside each other. My working process is an explorative, intuitive mix - borrowed from several disciplines - combining and alternating pastel with print or collage.

My information comes from careful observation, from reflecting on a familiar scene and drawing a narrative from it. The scenes are not staged but usually stumbled upon, perhaps a friend's window sill, kitchen table or a glimpse of two people engaged in conversation.

It is the overlooked aspects of everyday life that draw me in, a stolen glance of another's day to day and the rhythm of routine that we all share.

More recent work is about time spent in Japan. Standing in the wings of another culture, I've been considering the essential qualities of balance. Prompted by curiosity and a need to adapt, I tentatively explore the impact of new surroundings, which contrast with my own provenance - a back and forth until both worlds begin to mesh. Like the pulse of a poem, measured lines adjust to take shape. I place a beloved cup next to a newly found chicken wire lantern, unearthed at a Japanese flea market, and a new conversation begins. It is about absorbing change and finding a way through, using the spaces in between. The resolution comes in recognizing when a balance is found and there is a connection between the contrasting new and old, the unfamiliar and familiar.

I gather my visual language from the grace of everyday ordinariness, private worlds, unguarded moments, the unsaid - the trace of human presence. I paint what makes me curious and seek to render the truest emotional response that made me first stop and take note.

Angel A'Court at Thompson's Gallery