Exhibition by David Cuthbert

LT Gallery, 1 Orchard Street, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1RG

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Thursday 30 November 2017 – Tuesday 19 December 2017
Private View Thursday 30 November 7-9pm
Opening Hours: Tues, Fri, Sat 10-4, Thurs 12-7 or by appointment

Talk

The Wilder Shores of Watercolour
Learning Room, Weston-super-Mare Museum, Tuesday 5 December 8-9:30pm (arrive from 7:30pm)
£5

"The paintings in this exhibition come from two periods in my career as an artist. The recent watercolours are from a series inspired by a visit to Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. I saw this fun fair and seaside resort in the winter when it was deserted and snow covered which lent it a mysterious and magical quality. The empty rides and carousels became, in my imagination, scaffolding into which I could present figures from recent history and ancient myth. Coney Island became a site for lucid dreaming.

The older work from the late 80s and early 90s was not inspired by a particular place but are teeming with household vessels – cups, jugs, and teapots. Many are whimsical or play with the erotic suggestiveness of jugs, vases and kitchens. Some paintings do refer to specific places, such as Lady Hamilton’s Column which shows a transformed Trafalgar Square. The Polish Bus Shelter was based on a collage that I made during the Polish Solidarity campaign of the 1980s. At that time one of my students, who was Polish, had mixed feelings about what was going on and I think I absorbed some of that ambivalence and expressed it in the work.

Ambiguity and openness to interpretation is common to both sets of work. I aim to avoid certainty and definite messages. The paintings are decorative souvenirs formed from the muddle of everyday life."  - David Cuthbert

 

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