Hannah Williamson

I have been inspired by Hannah Williamson’s sculptures and collages recently. I think it is the immediacy and freshness of the work that draws me in. There is a beautiful simplicity to their construction, a lack of fussiness and of being overworked. They simply ‘just are’ because, as one collage is aptly titled “Why Not, oil on board, 2012”

 Work by Hannah Williamson below

Hannah Williamson

Hannah Williamson

form-view-3-2012 I have recently made an interpretation of her work and she is currently adapting one of my pieces to make something new and unexpected. The work I have ‘ re- configured’ is shown after Williamson’s painting.

Hannah Williamson  A simple transformation from paint to pencil, from fast and expressive to slow and detailed. I tried to get all the shapes the paint had created and was challenged by capturing the watercolour marks, which ended up becoming smudges.

Now I did this task, because something draws me to her work and I wanted to process it somehow.. Is it because I labour unnecessarily with mine, getting ‘het up’ with all the detail and crave for a more immediate outcome? Probably yes. Paintings should be about the physicality of paint right? Is it because the work conjures up new possibilities for my imagination, both as an artist and as a viewer.  Yes, definitely!

 Below are a few more examples of her work.

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Hannah Williamson

Hannah Williamson

The luscious quality of paint, colour and texture, expresses a pure enjoyment of materials, evident in her fun and playful collages. The work just suggests a possibility of something; a distant hill, an island, may be birds flocking over a sea, but this is ultimately left up to the viewer to decide.

I am greatly inspired by her work and have discovered new artists such as Franz West and Frank Bowling through her, who have infiltrated into Williamson’s artwork, with their shared passions of the beautiful substances of paint and surface.

You can see a more comprehensive catalogue of Williamson’s work on her blog

http://hcwilliamson.wordpress.com

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ZENG FANZHI- GAGOSIAN-LONDON

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012–Saturday, 19 January 2013

There is a really exciting exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London, with a number of paintings on display by the artist Zeng Fanzhi. The paintings surprised me, as they seemed to be composed of multiple lines of woven paint, sometimes thick and carved into with fresh colour, splashed over or deeply layered on top of the large canvas’. I first saw a flyer depicting an Albrecht Dürer rabbit, advertising Fanzhi’s upcoming show and was interested by his approach to this iconic image.

Zeng Fanzhi- Gagosian website image

Zeng Fanzhi- Gagosian website image

Zeng Fanzhi- Gagosian website image

Zeng Fanzhi- Gagosian website image

9ff8d74d5a6bf1f771e8fdf6828216a5 My favourite artworks were the landscapes that looked like fire and brambles. They convinced me as representational and believable spaces, which quite readily disintegrated as I approached, into abstract marks and gestures.  Leaves were created with vibrant splashes of vivid green paint and highlights around branches were created by running black paint through yellow, whilst seemingly  still wet. There was a speed and looseness to the paintings, with chaotic layers and lurid flashes of colours,  all meshed in behind the black Pollock-esque scrub.

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Giddy Goat furniture restoration project.

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This is a post slightly off topic, as it is not an art exhibition, but furniture restoration!

I bought a table on Ebay this year, having moved house to a non-furnished property. The house is quite petite, so I was searching for a table that would fit through the door. I eventually found a drop leaf table by a small company called ‘Giddy Goat,’ – the creation of Gill (Mrs Giddy Goat) who lives in a village in West Sussex, near the Ashdown Forest.

Gill has a knack for restoring tired and damaged antique furniture,  to give them a new lease of life. The table was beautifully restored, with a bright green pedestal and oak top.

Her blog and Facebook page links are below.

http://giddygoatfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/a-few-confessions/

http://www.facebook.com/giddygoathandpaintedfurniture?fref=ts

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Next, came the chest of drawers. I saw these on Gill’s Facebook page and thought they would go nicely with the green table. I had no plan to start getting green furniture, it sort of accidentally happened. This green paint is made by a company called Annie Sloan, circa 2000. Annie Sloan’s career began as a painter, which then developed into interior design and her own paint range. The green is called Antibes green, named after a place in the south of France, which I actually drove through this October for a wedding.  A lot of her paint has a french vibe to it, with names  such as Louis Blue, Arles and Provence.

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Rhiannons sideboard drawer detail

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The next item of furniture was specially commissioned by me. I had found a side board on Ebay that had beautiful carved details on the drawers and on the handles.

 

 

 

 

 

It looked fairly damaged; a bit mouldy and suffering from peeling veneer and damp. The surface at the top was marked also. I debated for some time, about whether it could be fixed or was it worth it. Gill had faith that she could turn the piece into something spectacular. She wanted to give it a new beginnings, so I though ok, let’s do this!

Rhiannons sideboard top

So the sideboard was delivered to her workshop directly from the seller. Gill worked out what needed to be done, but I choose the colour, or rather the colour choose me. It had to be Antibes Green again. However, I could not think what colour to paint the inside. I decided to visit her workshop in person, to discuss colour choices.

Gill’s house was filled with lovely furniture that she is currently restoring, either commissioned by clients or to sell on Ebay or Facebook. She works in collaboration with her husband, who helps with some of the additional carpentry. She told me she had taken over quite a lot of his work spaces at home.

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And the finished product, is quite amazing. I absolutely love what she did. Gill is also a very accommodating lady; responding quickly to all my questions, reassuring me when I was panicking about the restoration project or being  flexible when I was arranging pick up.

IMG_8192 IMG_8198 IMG_8199So the sideboard is in the kitchen. I now have to fix the floor and the walls or… wait until I move again…..(Not quite got the display skills of Gill yet.) She has also found a piece of furniture to go in our bathroom, after I sent over a photo of the space and is currently working on that.

I wanted to post about Giddy Goat, as I am really pleased with all the items Gill has restored and that I now have the pleasure of owning and perhaps someone out there has a piece of furniture that needs some love too.

Giddy Goat on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GiddyGoat2