Janey Sharratt and Patrick Smith
Exhibition date: 18th April – 5th May
Private View: Wednesday 18th April 6-9pm
We are delighted to present the work of two talented artists:
Janey Sharratt: The unique character of Janey’s work is constantly appealing. Soft, gentle landscapes and
ethereal floating still life work, is hugely appealing. Peter Stickland wrote this about her work:
“Janey Sharratt loves canvas and loves paint, once she has gathered her feelings around a particular moment
that inspired her to dream, she directs the paint to play upon the canvas. Her paintings are a celebration of the
journey she undertakes with a paintbrush; in the delight she experiences when considering placement and
making connections, in the ecstacy that colour and texture promote. Janey often removes the paint or
repeatedly adds new layers, because on this journey she is always vacillating between making the subject clear
and obscuring it.”
Janey lectures on Spatial Design part-time at Chelsea School of Art and Design.
‘Black bottle moves forward’
‘Blink of the eye’
Patrick Smith is an articulate man, a poet-painter, and any conversation about his art is peppered with
references to the Abstract-Expressionists of America and post war investigative British Modernism. Citing
Hans Hoffmann, Robert Motherwell, Peter Lanyon and Eduardo Chillida is shorthand for describing what
lights Patrick up, the physical immersion and emotional impact of his place.
Patrick's largely abstract landscapes of his Yorkshire home are characterised by spatial illusion, eliminating the
unnecessary, and painting with fields of colour. The occasional starkness of black mass as a basic element in his
pictures speaks of painter-printmaker Motherwell. These paintings are windows on the Yorkshire moors,
sometimes aerial bird's eye views. Air wraps around land with the rhythmic curves of Chillida's monumental
iron sculptures and site specific work. White painted, angled frames, after a design by Hofmann, reinforce his
interest in edges and refract light.
Patrick studied Painting and Printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan and Utrecht School of Arts in Holland, and has
lectured BA (Hons) Art & Design, Fine Art and Printmaking. He now concentrates on his own painting and
printmaking. This is Patrick’s first show with Highgate Contemporary Art and we are very excited and
delighted to welcome him.
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