'Now We Are Three'.
The 5th exhibition under the banner of “Abstract 7” is to be called “Now we are three” After many successful collaborations with visiting artists. The core group: Sue Davis, Sean Hewitt, and Richard Holliday, who has been with “Abstract 7” since the start in 2015 are, just for this time, to exhibit on their own.
The values of “Abstract 7” are still very prominent: emotions, feelings, and sensations released by the freedom of abstraction. Which would probably be lost if based on reality. The imaginative use of materials employed and the quest for a clarity pares down to an essential pleasing essence.
Past collaborations have been with: Peter Morell. Frank Phelan, Paul Jackson, Christine Allen, Tom Leaper, and Karen McEndoo.
Sue works with mixed media mainly in two dimensions. The work embraces the open-ended exploration of plastic expression used by the American Expressionists and is flavoured with the playfulness of Kandinsky’s spiritual awareness. For this exhibition she is exploring borders by breaking out from the conventional rectangle.
Richard is a sculptor working in stone. In this exhibition, he is playing with ideas of constraint and freedom.
The use of the large stone frames that can be looked through, offers a three-dimensional view of that which might normally be two-dimensional. One can choose to use the borders as a useful, or claustrophobic constraint, or a frontier that should be breached as part of the struggle for liberty.
The pieces in this exhibition are a culmination, finally, of many smaller experiments and ideas with limited merit, becoming greater than the sum of their parts and compliments the continual development of artists within the abstract seven group.
Sean’s paintings, abstract acrylics on canvas, exude zest and vivacity. Bright colours mesh, merge and move, as if in a dance or somehow represent the sounds of music. Immediately compelling, the antidote to the greyest day.