Space SBH is thrilled to present Afterglow – an exhibition of new paintings by artist Nicole Etienne.
7th to 16th February 2014
“The term Afterglow refers to the pale or pinkish glow that one sees at dawn or twilight. The term also evokes a sense of wellbeing, or the euphoric feeling or drug-like effect one might experience after having sex. American artist Nicole Etienne conceives the act of painting “like that of making love.” – Hugo Lattard 2013
Etienne’s landscapes are opulent. They are as rich in colour as they are in texture. They are built up layer upon layer of oil paint mixed with mica chips, copper, silver and white gold and occasionally scattered with crystals and semi precious stones. More than being works of art, her pieces are like little bijoux.
Etienne’s landscapes are very ambiental. They capture that feeling that the light creates at different times of day. Her canvases emote. Her practice probes the beauty inherent in the atmosphere between the sky, land and sea; exploring the play of light upon water in an aesthetic, emotional, and visceral way. She does this by appealing to our senses and our intuition, and by drawing on earthy materials like aluminum, stones and metals. The finished work has an illuminated, romantic, powerful yet delicate presence which captures the shift between reality and paradise.
Image captions: LEFT: Sanctuary 2012, Silver leaf, copper leaf, glass fragments, mica chips, oil paint and metallic pigments on Canvas RIGHT: Untitled, 2012, 36 x 36 in, Silver leaf, copper leaf, glass fragments, mica chips, oil paint and metallic pigments on canvas
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