74 High St
Colchester CO1 1UE
Preview Friday 29 September 6-9pm
Exhibition open Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 22 November 2017
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
This exhibition presents a selection of paintings that share Stephanie Stow’s unique view of the world.
Stephanie used the natural world as her inspiration and source material, particularly at the point when it begins to break down and decay. She studied the structural forms that plants, flowers and seed-heads present, particularly when they are past their best, as well as exploring boats and other objects that have decayed over time to their elemental parts.
Through drawings and photographs, she would focus on studying the lines and space created by these objects, and examine the colours that can be found deep in the details. These studies would develop and combine with emotive responses, building up layers from outlines, adding and scraping away paint and pastels, to result in new imagery that could be seen as abstract natural forms – views of distant gardens, or plans for imagined environments.
The works present a balance between movement and tranquillity, almost as if one can see or hear the rustle of plants brushing gently against each other in the wind, or hear the drone of insects flying around. The ability to capture these sensations – of something caught just at the point of perfect balance, is a gift and legacy that we are lucky Stephanie has left us with.
Stephanie studied at the University of Hertfordshire and University College Suffolk, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Art and Design. She exhibited in London, throughout East Anglia and has work in private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge Art Collection.
All profits from sales will be donated to Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patient Association and the Critical Care Unit at Colchester General Hospital.