Lot 45 - Trish Wylie - Blue Joshuas I
Acrylic and Watercolour on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Lee Sharrock
Many of the artworks in this exhibition emerge from Trish’s experiences in the Mojave Desert 2019 and the idea of “trails” as routes through and into wild territories used by explorers and migrants.
Set against Trish’s signature desert landscapes, this exhibition focuses on her original amalgamations of popular culture and religious motifs as well as her desert-inspired landscapes. Trish pushes the tradition of collage by creating cinematic depictions of the traditional and the modern combined. She selects fragments of our daily life, cutting, fusing, and overlaying the contemporary and traditional icons that form the visual world around us. She brings the imagery, colour and stories from her earliest cultural visual influences — from TV, film, and the Catholic Church into her art in this exhibition.
As the main characters of Trish’s artworks, James Bond and the Virgin Mary are not only recurrent motifs in this exhibition; they also coexist and interact with each other on the same picture plane. The way in which Trish uses these two immediately recognisable figures shows humour and a desire to challenge expectations: a James Bond fight scene takes place with the Virgin Mary and angels dominating the skyline, while Trish herself appears smoking a tampon in a Marlboro ad.
‘Making art is like being on a trail, finding new routes, new connections, exploring unknown territory, in the Autumn of 2019 I spent several weeks alone in an old 1950’s caravan in the Mojave Desert and fell in love. I had my watercolours a backpack and no car, I walked everywhere and absorbed the desert and the desert absorbed me.
Cinema had always been a big influence on my work, particularly Westerns and the connection between painting and film had been something that I explored for several years before moving onto an exploration on the effects of this particular cultural phenomenon on my psyche and soul. Being in The Mojave Desert felt like I had come home.’
Trish Wylie 2022
Camberwell Fine Art Painting BA and Printmaking Postgraduate Cert.
'Trailing" Solo Show 99 Projects Gallery London 2022
'ReBirth' Group Show 99 Projects Gallery London 2022
"Royal Watercolour Society Open" Bankside Gallery London 2022
Solo Show, Boos Closet Gallery London 2022
I Rose Madder" Solo Show William Road Gallery London 2018
'Cowboys' Solo Show Belgravia Gallery London 2016
'The Good The Bad and the Beautiful' Belgravia Gallery London 2012
'Once Upon a Time In The West' Belgravia Gallery London 2006
'Ten' Group Show Beardsmore Gallery London 2002
'Arts In Hospital' Dorchester Hospital Dorset 1996
Millfield Open Prizewinner Atkinson Gallery Somerset 1994
Beardsmore Gallery 1998 -2002
Belgravia Gallery 2004-2014
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
These postcards are titled Blue Joshuas and are referring to the Joshua Trees in the Mojave Desert in California, where I stayed in an old mid century caravan painting watercolours in 2019. The Joshua Tree is from the Yucca family and is only found in this desert, sadly they are under threat by climate change as the moth that pollinates the trees are in decline.The palette I have used is symbolic, exaggerating the colour of the earth and making the trees blue, both as a colour of sky and also of loss.
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