Lot 235 - Mary Romer - Smouldering August
Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Mary's childhood was spent in India, Southern Yemen and East Africa. Born in 1952 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Her early years where the vast landscapes of Africa contrasted with the vibrant colours in India were a formative influence.
Educated in India, England and France.
In 1972 she moved to London taking advantage of the cultural events, attending exhibitions, art lectures at the V & A and life drawing classes at Chelsea College of Art. Over the years she travelled often to France and Italy visiting the major art exhibitions and studying the early frescos of Masaccio in Florence.
After marrying and having two sons, she enrolled as a mature student to study art at Anglia Ruskin College, Cambridge. She holds a BA in Fine Art (Contemporary Practice).
2015 she was selected and completed an intensive 3-week course at The Slade, UCL
Her work has been exhibited in London and East Anglia, with solo shows as well as being selected for mixed shows. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide.
England and France
Anglia Ruskin College, Cambridge - BA Fine Art (Contemporary Practice)
Selected 3 week residency at The Slade, UCL
Eastern Open Kings Lynne - 2004, 2005, 2006
One Church Street Gallery, Amersham selected Winter Open - 2012
Cambridge Artworks - 2013
Cambridge Artworks - 2014
The Lacey Gallery - selected for Summer Exhibition Prize 2016
The Sentinel Gallery - Wivenhoe selected for The Summer Show - 2017
Cobbold & Judd - selected for Winter Show - 2017
Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt, Marylebone, London - 2019
The London Ultra - The Barge House - Free Painters & Sculptors - 2019
The Muse Gallery, Notting Hill, London - Encounters 2021
The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden - 2021
The Royal Academy of The Arts, London, IndiaSummer Exhibition - 2022
The Bank House Postcard Award - 2006
Highly Commended - The Orangery, Holland Park – 2011
The Muse Gallery, Notting Hill, London
The Angela Mellor Gallery, - Ely
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The Red Dust Vapour paintings are a multi-layered response. Using a palette of pinks and earth-reds became a meditation, recollecting colours used in Renaissance painting, yet pertinent to concerns reflecting the increasing desertificaton of Africa and dust storms that covered streets and cars across Europe.
In this series of paintings, I am able to link both process as well as concept. Preparing colour solutions of heavily diluted paint, I begin saturating the surface with water, leaving certain areas dry. The fusion of pigment and water pooling on the surface helps achieve the veils and skeins of tinted colour, expressing sensations of light, vapour and mist as seen in the skies above.
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