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Exhibition: Broken Heads Broken Paint
Frances Aviva Blane
In this exhibition Broken Heads Broken Paint Blane shows both abstract paintings and large figurative works. This juxtaposition creates an unsettling exchange.
She says: "My work is concerned with the disintegration of paint and personality. I use different media, charcoal, oil, pastel, I like exploration, finding new marks and seeing an image evolve and disappear. I use paint in untraditional ways, always prolonging a state of flux. Figuration informs abstraction and vice versa. Things move fast and that's ok. Surprise is good. A Painting is liquid thought. My paintings are not there to be understood, but to be experienced."
Artist and Royal Academician Tess Jaray writes in her review of Blane's solo show at the German Embassy London: "This is painting straight from the heart to the canvas. It convinces us because nothing is arbitrary or false. Their power, and at times even fierceness, on occasion threatening and even verging on the point of violence, has a totally believable presence."
Frances Aviva Blane is a British painter living and working in London. She studied post graduate painting at the Slade School of Fine Art 1991-1994. Since leaving art school she has exhibited internationally in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. She won a scholarship to The Djerassi Artists' Colony in California and is a recipient of a Jerwood Drawing Award.
Recently she exhibited alongside Louise Bourgeois and Francis Bacon in a solo show called DECONSTRUCT in Belgium. She has shown in group shows with artists Frank Auerbach, Basil Beattie and John McLean. In 2016-2017 Frances had a solo show at the German embassy London and will have a solo show at de Queeste Art Gallery, Belgium in September 2018 She will also show in a group exhibition No Man is an Island in Bonn in 2018.
Her work is in many collections including Jesus College, Cambridge, the LSE, Moorfields Eye Hospital London, the Usher Gallery Lincoln, the Sternberg Centre London, 3 Faith Forum, London, The Tim Sayer Collection, London , The Doris Jean Lockhart Collection amongst others
She is represented by De Queeste Art in Belgium.