DIANA AND ACTÆON
Following in the traditions of Classical Fine Art, and inspired by
Gainsborough's watercolour study, Kate Westbrook explores the
myth of Diana and Actaeon.
Written by the Roman poet Ovid and found within the collected
works entitled Metamorphoses, the myth describes the fatal
encounter between the hunter Actaeon and the Goddess Diana.
Enraged that a mortal has seen her bathing naked, Diana
splashes water upon Actaeon and he transforms into a deer and
is subsequently killed by his own dogs.
Westbrook's' Diana and Actaeon are placed in the landscape of
Dartmoor, an enthralling and inexhaustible subject she has been
enjoying for a number of decades.
This current series of work represents three years of intense
absorption and study, the paintings are finely rendered in oil,
detailed and atmospheric, deserving of quiet contemplation.
Westbrook lives in Devon, she trained at Bath Academy of Art
and Reading University and had her first solo exhibition in 1965
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in the USA, where she lived
for a number of years after graduating. Since returning to the
UK she has exhibited regularly and gained a significant
reputation both as a painter and international jazz musician
having joined the Mike Westbrook Band in 1974.
5th-22nd May 2018
The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PU
Open 10.30-4.30pm each day
Curated by Deborah Wood, The Art Room
Diana Now Sees Actaeon
oil on canvas, 65 x 92 cm,
Winter Morning, Dartmoor
oil on canvas, 65 x 95 cm,
Autumn, Diana and Actaeon
oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm,