Featuring three contemporary women artists, the show now on at Lacey Contemporary Gallery is well worth a visit. Firstly, Orlanda Broom has worked with resin for several years, she usually finishes her paintings (pic) with several resin layers to create a glassy image. Gallerist Tessa Yee (also in pic) says: “For this show Orlanda has also experimented with a new technique where she leaves parts of the resin exposed, so you get a more textural, a more matt finish.”
Alva Kunze’s work (pic left) shows landscapes from her homeland in Sweden, Småland – also Ikea’s birthplace. There is a series of dense forests with lots of lakes. “She says she often becomes overwhelmed by the London crazy busyness and for her these pieces are really looking back at a place that is really home for her, and really peaceful,” explains Yee. Kunze paints them all on the floor, pouring the paint and building up layers using a sponge to brush the paint off.
Thirdly, like Kunze, Gemma Billington (pic right) also works on the ground, imagine if they shared a studio, pouring the paint on and using her hands. She also uses spirit to get a marble affect. The works are called Eternity, to describe her canvases in terms of life and nature.
Finding Paradise at Lacey Contemoporary Gallery, Clarendon Cross until 19th September. laceycontemporarygallery