Lot 272 - Henry Glover - Close My Eyes and I'm Flying
Oil and Pencil on Paper
A6 (15 x 10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
Born in Oxford 1997, based in London.
The embrace is a recurring motif embodied in many forms in my work. Primarily, I am a painter and sculptor, and I tend to focus on the interplay between the physical sensations of my materials and the raw emotions I experience in my own life and close relationships. Currently I am concerned with common feelings of introspection we have all experienced during the recent pandemic that proved to catalyse the effects of rumination and loneliness.
My painting method is physical, and this physical process demonstrates the material qualities of my work. Hence, I view the process as much a key part of the painting as the final marks I make when I complete a work. In a way I feel like I must really exploit the properties of paint and wet clay to reveal the process, so I prefer to use materials that are wet, sticky, and primitive. Clay and oils have this honesty unlike plastic media; they are so tactile that it feels as close as one can get to moulding another body and the intimacy of touch can be as delicate as the process of firing clay.
Ultimately my work is diaristic, I find a cathartic release in the process and discovering classic and banal themes that can be shared with others.
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts
Take Me Somewhere Nice - Liliya Art Gallery - 2021 (Solo), Open Call - Grove Collective Gallery - 2021, PENULTIMATUM - Copeland Gallery - 2020, Nemisis - Asylum Chapel - 2020, Seven Counties Open - OVADA - 2019, Noise - Crypt Gallery - 2019, Traces - Central St Martins - 2018 (Curator), Stock Up On Air - Nunnery Gallery - 2018 (Curator)
Rise Art, Saatchi Art, Singulart, Mapa Fine Art, Grove Collective (not official representation)
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I have made these two sensitive works about feelings of loss and introspection. The tulip represents new growth. It is also shrouded by chains almost trapping it, but not quite. 'Close My Eyes And I'm Flying' is a phrase I have wanted to use for a long time for a certain painting, and it feels perfect for this opportunity. Much like how we have all wished for change or regretted something, this painting represents hope whilst still accepting that one can experience sadness or depression all the same.
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