Floating Fields of Colour

Lydia Mammes: Iridescence January 23rd - 9th March 2019
April 24, 2019
Floating Fields of Colour

The gallery is awash with floating fields of colour on the occasion of Lydia Mammes's second solo show, Iridescence, which opened last week.



Installation shot of Iridescence at the Lisa Norris Gallery.


Generally when a painter chooses to focus solely on colour, be it layering, its structure or its relationships, we look historically to colour field painting.  Colour Field painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was inspired by European modernism and closely related to Abstract Expressionism. Below is an example by one of the movements most famous painters, Mark Rothko.



Mark Rothko Orange and Yellow, oil on canvas 1956, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA 

In a similar vein to Mark Rothko and other painters of the 1950s and 60s, Lydia uses  mid to large scale MDF panels which are  covered in flat expanses of colour, minimizing any surface detail. She uses many thin washes to help give her paintings a lightness and brightness, as if they glow from within.

When stood in front of them in the gallery, you can feel visually surrounded by the colors. The perfect antidote to the dark hues generally found in the depths of Winter!  Iridescencecontinues through to March 9th.  



LYDIA MAMMES, Untitled (Oil Slick), 2018, signed and dated, 2018, acrylic on MDF, 150 x 150cm       £5600



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