Thursday, 12 May 2011


Cynthia Corbett's April evening event was in Wimbledon, in a beautiful setting near the leafy Wimbledon Common. 
Art work was arranged on the walls of several rooms and a stairwell, and the ambiance was of an attractive and comfortable home, complete with beautiful cat which slept on the sofa throughout.

Large works of several of the Cythia Corbett 'stable' of what are known as emerging artists, were hung.  These artists are getting are well-known now.

In particular I have seen the work of Tom Leighton many times.  They are large, accomplished, manipulated photographic works.  One on display is titled Beijing Canopy.  I quote from a catalogue:  'Images are digital C-type prints mounted on Perspex with aluminium/Diabond backing, produced in editions of 5 & 2 artist proofs.'  I am sure they look fantastic in the setting of a huge white gallery or office foyer.

Andy Burgess is another stable artist, working in Acrylic on panel.  A small catalogue of 2009 called 'Pop Geometry' shows very interesting geometric work relating to Pop Art, however what I saw on display were small works, for instance 'Houaw' oil on gessoed panel, measured 18 x 23 cm.

Lluis Barba's work was interesting for its use of humour,  making manipulated photographic images again, with the use of reproductions from the masters of the past such as Hieronymus Boch and juxtaposing these images with photos of current models and celebrities.  One such work, which I have only seen in reproduction has the title 'Archduke Leopold in his Picture Gallery in Brussels. David Teniers.  It is an edition of 5.

Not many paintings then, no, not enough for me, who am a lover the the luscious oily brush mark.

Still, a very interesting collecting, both of art work, and people.

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