SELECT REFLECTIONS: PAINTINGS FROM ALDEBURGH'S NEAC EXHIBITION

Published: 21 April 2020


Thompson's Gallery invites you to enjoy reflections upon three selected artworks from within the NEAC Group Exhibition, online for Thompson's Aldeburgh until 6th May 2020.

Contributed by guest writer Quinn Whitman

1) ANN SHRAGER: 'FIGURES IN SUNSET, INDIA'

Above: Ann Shrager NEAC 'Figures in Sunset, India' Oil on canvas 30x40 inches £9000 CLICK HERE for information


 Ann Shrager's 'Figures in Sunset, India' is a way to bring the viewer to another
place. In order to make these images, Shrager uses oil paints diluted with turps
so that it works more like a watercolor painting. She starts by drawing her
composition on the canvas and then painting over it. Figures in Sunset. India is an
example of this process, where she paints what are some of her favorite figures:
the goat herder, goat and women in saris. In this image, we see colorful
silhouettes of these figures, as they walk either into the distance or towards the
edge of the frame. As viewers, we are able to get an idea of what Shrager
experienced when she traveled to India, and the bleached background brings the
emphasis to the people, their clothing and how they interact with each other.

2) FRED CUMING RA: 'CLOUDSCAPE, RYE HARBOUR MOUTH'

Above: Fred Cuming RA 'Cloudscape, Rye Harbour Mouth' Oil on canvas 24x30 inches £12,000 CLICK HERE for information

 Fred Cuming uses oil painting as a medium to demonstrate the South Coast of
England, mainly Hastings and Rye, which are the two places most often depicted
in his paintings. Much of his work focuses on the coastline, and how that
interacts with the weather and human beings, one example of this being
Cloudscape, Rye Harbour Mouth. In this image, we see two people standing on
the coastline, while the tide comes in around them. There is also a thick cloud
covering much of the sky, with sun shining through. Describing his work, Cuming
says that his "work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated
by landscape, still life or interior," which is something that resonates in
Cloudscape, Rye Harbour Mouth. The viewer is exposed to the beauty and
strength of nature in relation to people.

3) CHARLOTTE SORAPURE: 'HIDE AND SEEK'

Above: Charlotte Sorapure NEAC 'Hide and Seek' Oil on linen 24x30 inches £7850 CLICK HERE for information

Charlotte Sorapure uses painting as a means of "giving the viewer a sense of the
underlying mood or character of a place or an object." This mantra is embodied
in Hide and Seek, a painting where we are able to see how people interact in
relation to their home. In this image, we see a mother watching her daughter
play in front of their house, emphasizing the connection between the home and
the people who live in it. Sorapure likes to work with oil painting because she
finds herself enjoying the variety between light brushstrokes and broad impasto.
She feels that limiting a color palette allows her to get a stronger "flavour" in the
final image, which is something that can be seen in Hide and Seek through her
uses of different shades of yellows, greens and blues throughout the painting.

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The NEAC Exhibition by Thompson's Gallery Aldburgh remains viewable online until 6th May. Get in touch with questions and interest, enquiries@thompsonsgallery.co.uk or dial +44(0)1728 453 743.