40 x 30 cm | 14 x 11 in
Original painting in oil and acrylic on board.
"This series was an exploration of the effect of shine on flatness and pictorial depth as well as painterly effects. The reflective nature of the gold colour used as a base means that from the front the viewer sees a clear image, from other angles that image turns into a more abstract collection of brushstrokes. The subject matter looks at human interaction and the idea of acceptance into a group."
Helen Latham’s paintings focus on the 21st-century self – how do we relate to each other in a culture saturated by superficiality? Latham imbues her paintings with emotion through the careful use of colour and form. Art, as Latham shows, has a peculiar power to provoke emotion and it is what critic Clive Bell, in 1914, explained is the “aesthetic emotion”, the essential difference between art and all other objects. In Latham’s imagery, colour is used to affect an emotional response, and spatial devices are used to evoke a sense of belonging or alienation in the image’s narrative. In turn, each painting conjures memory to invoke empathy and contemplation of the self in direct relation to the other.