118 x 178 cm | 43 x 65 in
Original painting in mixed media on canvas.
"The largest of my degree show paintings. I had fun producing this, but also found it the most challenging. Subjects and ideas are addressed in this painting, central to social, cultural and aesthetic concerns and these are all informed and underpinned by a clear commitment to explore these interests through the language of painting. One of my key challenges is to assimilate the impact of technology and the proliferation of an image based on social media. Pictorial strategies are evident in my degree show paintings, especially painterly methods of portraying my ideas. I wanted to distinguish the multi faceted 21st century in a painting, regarding landscape and how I perceive nature and landscape. I made lots of studies around the south downs, and couldn't find a single square inch where man had not made his mark, visual pollution and man made architectural structures disturbing the balance between the environment. I wanted to capture this idea in a synthetic coloured painting formed of abstract forms and shapes which would somehow all fit together like a puzzle and create balance, harmoniously."
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.