Following extensive travels in Africa and the Middle East, Joanna became captivated by the magic of colourful and contrasting big skies. Having settled back in Devon with her husband and four small boys, she continues to be drawn to the complexity of the sky and is now equally inspired by the drama of Britain’s beautiful moorlands.
Joanna finds endless inspiration in the landscapes of Exmoor, the New Forest, and the Yorkshire Dales for her studies of cloud formation. However, Dartmoor is her favourite location to sketch her stunning compositions of clouds and horizon, before returning home to expressively layer the light and shadow in oils.
She is influenced by Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael’s study of cloudscapes, and the vastness of Thomas Cole’s canvases, and endeavours to capture the intricacy of light spilling from clouds in her own work. Her canvases utilise a 70:30 ratio, magnifying the moment the landscape meets the horizon, and offering an atmospheric perspective on the vastness of nature and the insignificance of self. Paint is expressively layered and blended to create depth and texture, whilst her natural ability to use colour floods her canvases with light and life, fusing serenity and drama to stunning effect.
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The angels have landed. Announcing Carl Melagari as the latest addition to our portfolio of artists and his stunning debut studio edition collection 'Ethereal Visions.'
Comprised of four artworks, this captivating collection is heaven sent featuring the divine images of saintly angelic beings in Carl Melegari's contemporary vision.
Carl Melegari’s contemporary approach to painting explores the human form, primarily focusing on the semi-abstraction of the figure and the versatility of oil paint to create them.
Often working from life and models, Carl explores how the physicality of the paint combined with the density of pigment can give a sense of life radiating from the canvas, as if to evoke the vigour of the human form. His approach to painting explores the treatment and handling of paint whilst conveying expressionistic, ethereal figures. His paintings arguably focus as much on the medium of paint and how it reacts with the surface, as they do on the subject matter of the piece.
Perhaps the canvas equivalent of Michelangelo's infamous quote "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free," Melegari undertakes an approach of continuously accumulating and scraping back the paint until a figure emerges.
His work draws from sculptural influences, such as American sculptor Manuel Neri, as well as from colourists, such as Italian painter Giorgio Morandi.
Carl frequently uses a monochromatic palette to generate the idea that he is playing with the reduction of form, often abstracting and delineating parts to create a more non-figurative feel. He often uses this muted palette to replicate a sense of isolation and seclusion. He then applies paint liberally and without reserve: allowing it to drip spontaneously to both literally and symbolically mirror the personality of the sitter.
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We are thrilled to welcome the immensely talented Amy Louise to Montague’s Gallery for her highly anticipated exhibition!
Join us on Saturday 1st October 1-3pm to meet Amy in the gallery and view her incredible new collection of fun and quirky animal artworks.
Amy is widely recognised for her depictions of feathered and fluffy flamingos and has painted them in all manner of guises. From small singles, family gatherings and even coffee tables, Amy's flamboyant flamingos are in high demand and strut their way into new homes as soon as they are released!
The characters that Amy portrays are as amusing as they are adorable! We are encouraged to create the characters in our mind, guided by the look in their eyes as they stare back at us! She offers only a glimpse of the personality of these mesmerising creatures and as she illustrates them in enchanting acts of colour and form.
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