Exhibiting Artist: Camilla Redfern

Camilla Redfern’s interest in mixed media stems from a career in painting, furniture, picture frame and polychrome surface conservation as also in creating specialist paint effects. Acuity of vision is borne out in her graphic and monochrome drawing, where rendition is generally representational. As well as capturing what she has experienced, in shape, light, shade, contrast, layering, collage, texture and mood, her drawings often serve as templates from which, through experimentation, “the unexpected breakthrough” can be achieved.

The written word and poetry are also “catalysts for invention”. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”. Similarly Keith Haring said “Art should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further”. Camilla enjoys the unpredictability of the process of creating art as well as the physical and emotional process of seeing, responding, mixing pigments (acrylic) all culminating in a personal language of “marks”.

Having lived in many countries and  been directly affected by their culture and contrasts, also enjoying a wide-range of artistic influences including the Early Renaissance (Italy), Northern European C15/16 art, French Impressionism, Russian Constructivism and American Abstract Expressionism to the images seen and recorded in her daily life and during my travels.

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