WHAT'S BEHIND THE BLACK DOOR THIS MONTH?
TIMELESS ELEGANCE | INGRID BOOT
There is an essence of timeless elegance encapsulated within Ingrid Boot’s paintings. Her inspiration comes from a love of fashion, history and movie icons of a bygone era.
Ingrid Boot's latest piece Piccadilly is one of her largest works to date. Rendered in subtle sepia it evokes a classic film still, depicting an iconic part of London that has featured in numerous films throughout the decades.
In the creation of a work, Boot works with local models who pose in costume. She sketches these subjects before contextualising them into a scene that will enhance the painting's narrative.
The scene depicted in Piccadilly also reflects the artist's own background. Boot was born in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand in 2000. She studied art at London’s Westminster University followed by a degree in Illustration from De Montfort University.
The rich details of this piece should be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Boot has meticulously captured details such as delicate bead-work and soft fur with compelling realism.
View Piccadilly here
A MOMENT OF FLOW | RAE WEST | NEW SERIES
Rae West approaches painting with a contemporary attitude. Her method is free from traditional oil and acrylic paints, and even departs from the use of brushes, palettes and easels. Instead, West takes to her work with free pouring techniques, layering resin over gold leaf to create sensuous and fluid pieces.
The word that comes to mind when viewing West's work is flow. Her compositions feel like they are still in motion, flowing and fleeting. This term is also used in psychology to describe a state of being 'in the zone'. That feeling of complete immersion in an activity, with an energized focus. After some 10 years of working in resin Rae now certainly works with a sense of flow.
2020 will see West embark on a new series of work. The new series will use multiple layers of hazy resin to create a sense of movement that stretches into the distance. These works are reminiscent of looking into the fluxing movements of water or smokey light. The richness of these pieces is aided by light that comes from the base layer of gold leaf, and also the natural light that bounces off the resin surface. The results are radiant and deep images.
View the first releases of this new series here
METALLIC SEAS | DAVID ARDLEY
David Ardley has been working on aluminium as a surface for his oil paintings for over 20 years. In that time he has developed and perfected the technique to create unique and inspiring artworks.
Ardley uses a multi-step process to create his pieces. The process begins with preparing the canvas shape and surface out of aluminium. The subject, frequently a waterscape, is then created using both scratching (etching) gestures on the surface of the aluminium, and the careful building up of layers in oil paint. Working on the metallic surface enables the artist to achieve shimmering and glistening effects across the artwork, which is further enhanced when the viewer moves past the piece.
Ardley is inspired by the connection we all share with natural world, especially the Ocean. Ardley strives to convey this connection by creating immersive artworks that capture the experience of inhabiting nature. When viewing Ardley's pieces the feeling of swimming in the shallows, diving into the deep or riding a wave is conjured.
Black Door Gallery is currently displaying recent aluminum works by David Ardley.
View David Ardley's work here