Advertising Exhibitions “Lines” at The Strand Gallery London WC2N 6BP….Highlight at the Private View; A wonderful piece of craftswomanship and imagination from Lesley Hilling

June 14, 2013

Well, it was an eclectic mixture of work with plenty of interesting artist’s to research.  My favourite work was by the London based artist Lesley Hilling.  On her website is a delightful video of her studio, which looks amazing!  For more on Lesley Hilling see   http://www.lesleyhilling.co.uk/information  

The work on show was enchanting to look at, possessing integrity and beauty… quite captivating.

The work on show at “Lines” was Darkwood Days Wood, a mixed media work, with dimensions of 29cm x 28cm x 17cm

The blurb…

“Lesley Hilling is a London based artist who makes sculptural collages from a wide range of recycled materials that take the form of box constructions, walls, towers and spheres. Obsessive joinery is merged with a confusion of disparate elements, structured in a complex but ordered whole. Her work conveys a powerful sense of longing to preserve the fragments of the past, a desire for order, a passionate and mysterious evocation of lost moments.”

But best of all take a look at the image, and if possible, go and see the work “in the flesh”.  There’s a good image of it here:

http://www.advertisingexhibitions.co.uk/artist_lesley_hilling.html

My work “London Downpour” needed to be viewed from a greater distance, however, due to the narrow dimensions of most of the lower part of the gallery, this was not possible.   Because it was an experiment with colour and space, it’s tricky to view from close up.  When I was painting it, well, indeed, when I was painting all of the process-led paintings last year, I found I had to stand at least 6 metres away to work out what was happening with the colour-space relationships.  With little obvious pictorial structure to rely upon, and the structure only establishing itself in a gradual and piecemeal fashion, the distance was vital.  I think it could be viewed in a OK way from about three metres.  However, it must have been quite a challenge to place the works in the Strand Gallery, as there are lots of angles, corners, and different proportions of wall, so I think bearing in mind the constraints an excellent job was done, and the exhibition looked really good.  To hang so much work by very different artists in a pretty restricted space is not something I would want to have to do!  I found hanging the work of three artists along a flat wall at Leatherhead Theatre quite enough to orchestrate.  So my hearty “Congratulations” to the organisers of the show, including of course Jack Smurthwaite who curated the exhibition.

Here’s the image of “London Downpour” in situ.

London Downpour- Jenny Meehan painting abstraction at The Strand Gallery London as part of "Lines" visual art exhibition, jenny meehan jamartlondon london downpour process led painting british contemporary female abstract expressionistic painting, claude venard style work of london southbank tate modern river thames,contemporary emerging artist exhibition london.

London Downpour- Jenny Meehan painting abstraction at The Strand Gallery London as part of “Lines” visual art exhibition. Lyrical and geometric abstraction painting southbank london from the imagination! painted in a process-led, intuitive guided fashion, external impressions from regular trips to London appear to have seeped into my subconscious!

I love meeting people and the Private View was an enjoyable event.  I also love tonic water, and as I don’t drink alcohol, I passed on the gin and drunk only the tonic water, which was very nice and flavoursome indeed!   Wish I had had more.  It was exceptionally HOT in the gallery and refreshment was much needed.  It was interesting having come to the Private View directly from a visit to the National Gallery.  Having bathed myself in some amazing paintings, the creation of which, I realise day by day, my heart finds most interest in, and which hold a most lasting impression, I think to  myself that it is true that any artist should constantly hold themselves against the work which has hung on walls for a long time,  and continue to assess what they do in the light of the past, which, though it might seem  backward to some minds,  actually holds within it’s aged hands, the very keys to the future.  History. Maybe the greatest teacher to any forward thinking person?

I am taking some time right now to review some past drawings which I worked at during a Life Drawing Weekend Short Course at West Dean College, Near Chichester, Sussex.  I am very grateful for all the  training I get from my visits to West Dean and my participation in various short courses at West Dean College now stretches back over a period of nine years…Something I can hardly believe!  Initially working with sculpture (which I still love) I have found in the high standard of tuition and the amazing opportunity to learn from experienced creative practitioners a wonderful solution to the problem of meeting my needs for training.  I am now very much thinking that it is a blessing that I did my degree in Literature and not Fine Art, as I find my interest in words and image complement each other very well indeed.  Due to increased financial constraints (mostly due to rising energy bills and rising costs of pretty much everything!)  I find now I must restrict my training opportunities and I have resigned myself to the understanding that from now on it will be one, very short course, probably about once every two years from now on.   However, I have much material and ideas accumulated, and I will not go short in the sense that my creativity will not suffer because of this.  I also think I have such a strong sense of direction now, that maybe it will be fitting to steam ahead with little input (apart from the regular exposure to all kinds of wonderful artworks which I encounter in my regular trips to London).  I have tried applying for a couple of residencies this year, but nothing came of that, and the work involved in applying is considerable.

So, some lines of another kind, here in some recent life drawing examples.  The length of pose varies from very quick, say, just a few minutes, to the longer pose. Quality is variable, I haven’t posted up here as fine examples, rather reference.  There are some interesting things going on, and it has been good to “retune” my eyes, which have become somewhat lazy through lack of observational study.  I will take some of this work to develop I think.  Some of the drawings have quite a nice feeling to them, and I do like working with charcoal more than pencil I have found.  I am most grateful to Valerie Wiffen for her valuable input, which I will carry with me into further observational drawings in the future.

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

  example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

example of observational figure studies carried out at west dean college by jenny meehan exploring female figure, line,gesture, emotion and female form, jenny meehan

2 Responses to “Advertising Exhibitions “Lines” at The Strand Gallery London WC2N 6BP….Highlight at the Private View; A wonderful piece of craftswomanship and imagination from Lesley Hilling”


  1. I love your drawing Jenny.

    Elizabeth

  2. jennymeehan Says:

    Thank you Elizabeth, much appreciated. I enjoy working with line and charcoal is a lovely material to work with.


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