36 x 45 cm | 14 x 17 in
Original painting in ink & acrylic on linen, lightly glazed. Edges painted as continuation of painting. 2cm deep canvas.
""Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe.
Ongoing experimentation in the studio, part of a series of paper works. Sometimes I'll be pulled towards an iconic figure, someone I feel something for, but I'm looking to explore something behind the 'image' the media has portrayed to us; something of the fragile and strong human behind it, something unseen but recognised by us on some level. Trying to connect what is seen with what is felt, and what is lived."
Toni Cogdell paints portraits of unsaid moments and unseen thoughts, the poetry which resides in daily life and in transitory moments. There is a sense of universality, an interest in the human condition.. “The Water’s Gift” portrays a woman, lost in thought, painted in rich tones which complement and merge with the background. Cogdell’s figures stand in ambiguous settings emphasising an intent focus on the cerebral. Every piece is painted with a carefully balanced palette and distinctive, contemplative composition.
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