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Gemma Blain

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Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Brighton
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

Gemma Leanne’s work involves the enigmatic dialogue between the tangible world around us and artistic expression. Leanne uses layers of paint and abstract forms to build a range of evocative  atmospheres. The minimalized landscapes dreamily spur soporific rivers or twist viewers through woeful storms. Impetuous splatters and sculptural layers of paint invite viewers to soak in these melancholic emotive and ethereal surroundings. Bewitching use of colour lends realistic renditions of seascape qualities whilst whimsical abstraction creates a subtle, suggestive landscape. The evanescence of memory seems to whisper through these pieces, revealing hidden depths of artist’s own experience. 

Artist Statement

Absolute devotion to unfettered personal expression free of all traditional aesthetic and social values, these works are more about the absence of premeditated structure. There’s no real representation, these paintings are about seeing in another way—like when you’re taking a walk, looking at surfaces and textures. Some of the works are not site-specific, focusing on abstracting elements of the landscape as if viewing through a secondary source such as technology, viewing something virtually rather than physically. Led by intuition, each painting entails a preliminary sketch derived from places I have visited. This body of work was inspired from my recent visits to the Scottish Highlands. Robert Macfarlane found the idea from Nan Shepard’s Living Mountain ‘that we should not walk "up" a mountain but "into" them, thus exploring ourselves as well as them’. Exploring the physicality of paint and surface to build a range of evocative atmospheres. The consolidated palette and marks elude to a dialogue where the emotional intensity is imbued within the work, which is a result of a sustained investigation into charting my own reactions to the natural world that surrounds us. The embraced dualities of the earthy tones are juxtaposed with synthetic colours, which feed in from every day life. There are nuances between the paintings, especially in the formal qualities. I wanted to play with style to highlight the multi faceted landscape we now live in, depicted in the pictorial representation and the difference in gesture. This conceptual and ironic notion of exploring stylistic divergence is highly romantic. Showing how incoherent reality really is without representing it naturalistically. I have tried to articulate analogies of human interference with the landscape in the work, utilizing varying materials such as resin and dry media. This contrast in itself creates a tension, raising questions on pollution, mankind's apathy and the forces of nature in weathered objects. ‘As we get more withdrawn from nature, we get more abstracted and kind of timid, smaller in our lives, we romanticise the wild that has been lost… We have spent millions of years living in nature, evolving in nature and now as we move away from it, some part of us, a kind of wild part of us misses our original home, our ancestral home, which is nature’. David Gessner Call of the Wild.

Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2018, DMH Stallard, new fetter lane, London March 
2018, Artcoop Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Surrey September
2017, 'Unfettered'Coachwerks, Brighton
2017, 'Cripps', Tumbridge Wells
2017, It's Liquid Festival, Venice

2017, 'CIC art trail' Haywards Heath

2017 'Atrium' Reigate school of art 

2017 'CIC art trail' Haywards Heath
2017, Coachworks, Brighton 

2017, DMH Stallard, Crawley

2016, Kingshill Exhibition, Kent

2016, Degree Show, Grand Parade campus, Brighton

2016, Unleashed Exhibition, Menier Gallery, Southwark. London

2015, Kevis House Gallery, Petworth 

2015, LOCA Way Out There and Back Gallery, Littlehampton

2015, Living Food Festival, Cawdor Castle 

2015, Cawdor Castle, North Lodge 

2015, 'Space to Respond', The Old Harvey's Brewery Depot, Lewes, East Sussex 

2015, 'Bysso' Brighton University, East Sussex 

2014, Helm Cafe Brighton, East Sussex 
2014, Tulleys Farm Turners Hill, West Sussex
2013, Reigate School of Art, Surrey 

Residencies

2015, Cawdor Castle, Nairn.

Original works:

Whirlwind

By Gemma Blain

£500

Fractured Reality

By Gemma Blain

£1000

Chenti Part 3

By Gemma Blain

£250

Untitled

By Gemma Blain

£500

Dug from the Earth Part 2

By Gemma Blain

£1000

Interconnected Part 2

By Gemma Blain

£600

Assemblage

By Gemma Blain

£1000

Dug from the Earth

By Gemma Blain

£1200

Interconnected

By Gemma Blain

£1200

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L'Islet

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Boure

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Eclipse

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Lucerne, Let's be Friends

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Sunset Over St Brelades

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Lighthouse of Capri

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Faraglioni di Capri

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Seascape Study

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High Tide

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Brainstorm

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Sheringham Storm

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Polaroid

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Untitled

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The Commute

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Let the Four Winds Blow

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As the Rapeseed Grows

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St Brelades

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Sheikh Jetty

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Sprint

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Sinking Cities

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Fáilte- Gu Naarn

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The Black Isle

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Escape

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Serene

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Regn på Fjellet

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Jord

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Urban

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Daydream

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Eileamaidean

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Virtual Reality

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Where We Are Not

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Depths

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