Naval Heritage Museum, Porto Montenegro
Space SBH was delighted to present Afterglow (Submerged) – an exhibition of new paintings by leading international artist Nicole Etienne at the Naval Heritage Collection in Porto Montenegro this past June.
The natural world and the beauty of the sky and the ocean and mountains have inspired artists for as long as art has existed and what better place to celebrate the sea than the naturally outstandingly beautiful Montenegro and at the Naval Heritage Collection.
“I’ve fallen in love with Montenegro, it’s kind people and it’s majestic scenery.”
“The stunningly beautiful landscape which surrounds the sea takes my breath away. The soft colors during sunset will inspire my artwork this year and I’d love to come back, spending time painting on location.” -Nicole Etienne
This exhibit unlocks the secrets under the sea – Etienne’s canvases indulge our fantasy of sunken treasure. Some like little portholes serving as windows onto an unknown world. A glint of something shiny or sparkling catches our eye, the textures allure us. Like little treasure troves we feast on the gems created in these paintings.
Etienne’s seascapes are very ambiental. They capture the movement and energy of the ocean. Her canvases emote. Her practice probes the beauty inherent in the atmosphere and the interplay 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.
In celebrating the beauty of the natural world, so wonderfully captured in Nicole Etienne’s paintings we take the opportunity to explain the science behind what we see and draw attention to the ecological issues and our environment. We were delighted to have the involvement of leading marine biologist Dr Deborah Brosnan on this project. A selection of images from Brosnan’s extensive archive have served as inspiration for some of this series of underwater landscapes and thus are referenced in this catalogue and exhibited alongside this body of work by Nicole Etienne.
“Montenegrins understand the power of connection to their sea, their land and people. For me, being in Montenegro, in the water and among wonderful people reinforced how much the oceans and people contribute to our lives. It was a privilege to share my images and science and to learn from everyone I met and who shared their stories with me. The country is a treasure and I can’t wait to return.” – Deborah Brosnan
“Montenegro’s coastline is dotted with submerged reefs, like many other coastlines globally. We depend on these living submerged reefs to protect us, for fisheries and for the beauty and biodiversity that inspires us. The seascapes shown here capture a hidden world that we all share and have a responsibility to protect for future artists, tourists, divers, fishermen and everyone. “ Deborah Brosnan
This exhibition is the first step in an evolving and ongoing unique international project and exhibition which through celebrating artistic creation aims also to create ecological awareness and the need for us to protect and preserve our natural environment and will next travel to Monaco.
Nicole Etienne’s work can be found in important public and private collections and she exhibits all over the world.
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A catalogue of works is available.
Please enjoy the images taken at the vernissage of this exhibition by Zoran Radonjic !
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