“The Upper Room” (reference New Testament narrative, The Last Supper/Pentecost Acrylic Painting by Contemporary Fine Artist Jenny Meehan at “Not The Royal Academy” exhibition Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) LTD

May 23, 2013

After a stunningly short entry when last posting, I think I might make more of an effort to keep my Journal entries a bit more polarised.  One subject per entry maybe?

We’ll see.

Here’s some information on my painting “The Upper Room” which is to be included in the “Not the Royal Academy” exhibition at Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) LTD.  (I just love to include the “fine paintings” part!   I know I could miss it out quite easily!)

“The Upper Room” is a painting in which I started with no idea of the direction it might take me in, instead responding to each mark and colour as the painting progressed in a process based approach. Using both my instincts and formal considerations, I ended up with this. Emotionally, it made me think of the New Testament account of Jesus taking the Last Supper with his disciples, I think because of the sense of presence and warmth it communicated to me emotionally, (The Holy Spirit, the comforter, “I will be with you”) even though it contains a large area of black. Also, because of the way it is held together with a building type structure; upper and a lower areas, and suggestions of both entrance and exit. Pentecost also happened in an “Upper Room” though not the same one, I don’t think.

Here’s more background regarding the “Not the Royal Academy” Exhibition at Llewellyn Alexander…

What happens to the pictures rejected by the Royal   Academy?

 

Every year over eight thousand paintings are submitted to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy – the largest open art exhibition in the world.

Only around 800 actually make it on to the walls.

So what happens to all the artists that have been rejected?

 

As soon as the artists get their rejection slips from the Royal Academy many of them collect their pictures and set off across the river to the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery (opposite the Old Vic Theatre) at Waterloo. Artists are told immediately whether their painting has been accepted by the Gallery. Oils, watercolours, mixed media, pastels and drawings of all shapes and sizes pass through the doors of this lively Gallery on the South Bank. Every picture is for sale and the gallery is re-hung with new work at three-weekly intervals throughout the summer, making it a constantly changing show.

NOT THE ROYAL ACADEMY

 

Inspired by the original “Salon Des Refusés” held in Paris in the 19th Century when artists such as Manet exhibited his rejected and infamous “Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe” and Whistler his rejected “Symphony in White – the White Girl”. For over twenty-three years

Llewellyn Alexander has given disappointed artists another chance.

 

FROM 10 JUNE TO 17 AUGUST 2013

Open from 10.00am until 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday

 

Some of the pictures can be seen, as they come in, on our website:

www.LlewellynAlexander.com

For any further information contact Diana Holdsworth on 020 7620 1322/4

Fax: 020 7928 9469   Email: gallery@LlewellynAlexander.com

 

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Reviewing my painting from last year, I think this is one of my best.  It’s the combination of the geometric and lyrical together which has worked.  Also a lot of experimentation over the year with varying intensities of pigment also was put to good use.  A lot of experiments with texture too.  After this painting, I went on to some with very little colour.  See below.

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Internal Landscape Painting Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com

 

lyrical abstraction formalist painting female artist british uk contemporary collectable painting acrylic on canvas,female christian painter artist designer south west london based east surrey based painter fine art fine painter,british uk romantic expressionist symbolism,symbolist expressionism, psycho analytical approach to painting,abstract expressionist british,uk christian art,religious sacred art, inner landscape imaginative landscape painting process based,collectable modern art british; lyrical abstraction formalist painting female artist british uk contemporary collectable painting acrylic on canvas; female christian painter artist designer south west london based east surrey based painter fine art fine painter; british uk romantic expressionist symbolism; symbolist expressionism; abstract expressionist british; uk christian art; religious sacred art; inner landscape imaginative landscape painting process based; collectable modern art british;

Internal Landscape Painting Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com

………

Yes, well, there’s still a lot that can be done even without the colour.

I do want to do some watercolours.  Seem to be pointing in that direction.  And make a return to oils.  I miss them!

To do ANY painting right now would be wonderful.  All this exhibition activity is OK, but I am going to have a break from it soon, so I can immerse myself in painting. Well, as much as is possible while running household, family, etc.   I have SO much in my mind to do.

Though still working with digital imagery, I am glad I have honed into painting, as this is the centre and far surpasses any other mode of communication for me, though it’s always good to have more than one thing in the way of skills.

Looking around The Bankside Gallery recently at all the wonderful prints on show, I found myself wondering if I wanted a clearer narrative element to my painting.  There is something about having a human figure in a work and some kind of drama which is lovely and delightful.  I’ve put into my work a more personal dimension recently with the photographic imagery created for the Embrace Arts Women Recovering from Trauma project, and I am wondering if this might be worth moving onto soon.   I think I will be working on imaginative paintings, whatever subjects/objects I start to explore, however, at the same time, I need to constantly attune my eye outwards, and drawing from observation  is the way to do this.

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