Judy Millar | Clouds and Fire and Water and Air - Opening Event

Tue Aug 03 2021 at 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Gow Langsford Gallery | Auckland

Gow Langsford Gallery
Publisher/HostGow Langsford Gallery
Judy Millar | Clouds and Fire and Water and Air - Opening Event On Tuesday 3 August from 5 - 7pm, we will be opening a significant exhibition of new work by Judy Millar, Clouds and Fire and Water and Air. Hues of reds, pinks and oranges alight the canvas surface with Judy's signature sweeping gestures in contrasting blacks laid on top. These bold fiery tones were influenced by her time spent at home during the lockdown last year. Her artist statement notes:
"The works for this exhibition were, for the most part, painted during the year 2020. A period that will be forever bracketed in our hearts and minds as the year of the pandemic. A time when the world went eerily quiet. A time when we were forced to find new relationships with our immediate surroundings.
I spent the year in my isolated home and studio on Auckland's West Coast. Time slowed. My own focus was on the simplest of things. The movement of clouds. Making fire to stay warm. The light on the water outside my window. Wind and air.
Painting for me is always an attempt to grasp hold of something. As I took the colours of fire, mixed paint to the fluidity of water, produced clouds of coloured spray and attempted to aerate the surface of the canvas into an open space; the solidity of things moved in and out of focus. Forms emerged on the canvas but had a fleeting feeling, as if they were about to dissipate or perhaps hadn't yet fully formed. Red moved to pink and then back to red. Everything seemed to be in motion. The resulting paintings together form a group where movements continue from one to another, read in this way they become a form of moving landscape. Individually they are snapshots of a particular time and place." - Judy Millar, 2021
We will also be launching Judy's new publication Questions I Have Asked Myself, featuring paintings from the past 30 years alongside sketches and writing from her notebooks.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Gow Langsford Gallery, 28-36 Wellesley Street East, Auckland, New Zealand 1010, Auckland, New Zealand

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