with Julie Held and
11 – 28 November
Thursday to Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Sunday 1- 5 pm or by appointment
Both Held and Clossick, alumni of Camberwell School of Art and members of the London Group & New English Art Club, have throughout their practice returned to subjects that, as a whole, form a tapestry or window reflecting back the lives they have lived. Both are figurative artists and the work, despite converging in preoccupations, is differentiated by the way it is mediated, through memory and observation.
A Venus, in painting and sculpture, may be one of the most popular subjects in art. The concept of Venus extends back to her counterpart in Greek myth with the Knidian Aphrodite such as the monumental Venus de Milo. The Capitoline Aphrodite known as the Venus de Medici is of the later Hellenistic period, 1st-century BC, a more naturalistic and intimate life-size nude. It was thought, by Pope Innocent the eleventh to stimulate lewd behaviour, and is one of the most popular copied antiquities.
With such history and having a plaster copy in the studio, I have been compelled to use the statue as a subject. A painting reproduces physical presence with the eyes and for the eyes, not illustrating thought but seeking unity. The mind works in possibilities, intuition in actualities, the purpose to try and bring these into existence. How I see and think is not to do with pictorial illustration because the world is not backlit as on a screen, or static as in a photograph. I see through mind and body, history and memory, psychological intuition and feeling.