Eliza John and Wendy Smith - Hastings Arts Forum
Eliza John and Wendy Smith are a good pair to show together, both abstract the everyday and there is a loose-ness to their paintings that are reminiscent of movement. The use of colour reminds me of Howard Hodgkin and slightly of J.M.W Turner. I imagine the paintings, especially those done by Smith, to be done in such a passionate way, but in reality maybe every mark is deliberate, placed carefully upon the canvas?
The pieces feel transient, as if trying to recreate a hazy memory through mark making and expressive colour. John's pieces immediately draw the eye and on closer inspection the viewer is able to see pattern and texture, ghostly figures emerge and I can't help but imbue a narrative into her works.
With Smith focusing on natural forms and landscape and John looking more figuratively, the pieces bounce off one another, two sides of the same coin, almost. The mediums compliment each other and show that the artist have a command of colour that invokes investigation. The works contain a fluidity that can be found in subtle drips, an echo of how the piece was created.
For those of you interested in abstract works, full of colour I would recommend checking Eliza John and Wendy Smith out, because they're doing it just right.