current exhibit The Modernity of Madelaine Ward (1934 - 2014)


June 15 - July 22,  2017


Madelaine Ward (1934 – 2014) questioned traditional painting and landscape, by playing with the psychology of colour and how it affects the viewer. Early in Ward’s paintings, as presented in this exhibition, traditional subjects such as Landscape and Still Life were primarily used to explore pleasing composition and implement colour theory. As Ward investigated these theories and exercised these thoughts, she began to break the rules of what was traditionally expected in a painting. The florals give an excellent example of breaking the rules;  colours begin to swirl and mix, leaving evident the transition in colour and the brush strokes. The deconstruction of realism, also surfaces in her work as colours become more important than a pictorial image. In turn, the colours begin to vibrate and create sensations in the viewer’s perception of the image. The rhythm in mark making eventually leads to the exploration of geometric images intertwined with colour vibrations. In the 2013 exhibition Chasing Rainbows, Ward pulled colours across the canvas and paper in long strips, creating exciting and emotional juxtapositions of colours; you can help but feel uplifted when surrounded by her line paintings.


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