Wed. 11 November 2020 ― Sat. 9 January 20212020年11月11日 — 2021年1月9日

Spring春天

Maria Farrar玛丽亚·法拉
玛丽亚·法拉,向日葵,2020,亚麻布面油画,170 x 210 cm Maria Farrar, Sunflower, 2020, Oil on linen, 170 x 210 cm
上海大田秀则画廊荣幸地呈现工作生活于伦敦的画家玛丽亚·法拉的个展"春天",本次展览将展出十一幅新绘画。这将是法拉在大田秀则画廊的第三次展览,同时也是其在上海空间的首个展览。

自从2017年完成硕士学位后,法拉的绘画就以连结了东方(漫画、书法)和西方(油画、亚麻布的运用)的绘画语言得到盛誉。凭借对色彩的敏锐直觉和生动的构图,法拉描绘了源于她日常生活的场景,或延伸至从菲律宾壮丽湖区到伦敦街头商店橱窗的记忆片段。这些捕捉到的瞬间是具体的,但同时又是难以捉摸的,唤起了对漂浮和扩展世界的感觉。

本次展览标题引用了大卫·霍克尼的作品《记住,他们不能取消春天》,作为对全球新型冠状病毒爆发的回应,这次展览充分体现了新的开端和当今时刻迫切需要的希望。本次所展出的大部分绘画是法拉在疫情和"封锁"期间创作的,因为无法去到工作室,法拉便专注于可以在家中完成的小幅绘画。在这个过程中,她重新发现了自己对于色粉的热爱,所带有的直接性和纯粹的色彩,因此创作了许多色粉绘画。这些绘画后来激发了她创作迄今为止最大幅的作品《塔阿尔湖》《博若莱》《切尔西靴》。这些绘画是一系列快速扩展的图像,是法拉处于一种中间意识状态下的体验:也就是人在入睡前或刚醒来之时。就如法拉主张的:"我需要更大的画布来呈现我想要展示的大量的笔触,来展现梦境中的生动图像。"

展览中的另一亮点是一系列名为《心叶牛舌草》《绣球花》《向日葵》的花园绘画。在这些作品中,法拉用精细的笔触来描绘大自然中富有生机的植物和随处可见的有机体。在探索自然景观时,她"观赏了波提切利的春日中的花园、卢卡斯·克拉纳赫的伊甸园以及她儿时在日本下关的家的花园"。这一系列作品的灵感来源法拉一次听电台采访时,一位新型冠状病毒感染康复的男士激动地谈到复苏的花园和医院里的大庭院,那里种满了花草,是象征着希望与和平的地方。

玛丽亚·法拉不断探索东西方连结的同时,她承认这在实际绘画中变得更细微和组织化。"延续我的色彩之旅,当前和下一阶段会更加微妙:怎样将东方对色彩的感觉转化为油画。"上海大田秀则画廊欢迎你和我们一同遇见法拉梦幻和充满希望的画布。
Ota Fine Arts Shanghai is delighted to present Spring, a solo exhibition by the London-based painter Maria Farrar featuring 11 new paintings. It will be Farrar's third exhibition with the gallery, and her first in Shanghai.

Since completing her Master's degree in 2017, Farrar has received a reputation for her paintings that connect the pictorial language of the East (Manga, calligraphy) and the West (Oil painting, the use of linen). With an acute sense of colour, and dynamic compositions, Farrar depicts scenes derived from her everyday life or from fragments of memories that span the grand lakes of the Philippines to the shopfront windows that line the streets of London. These captured moments are concrete and yet simultaneously elusive, invoking feelings of a floating and expanding world.
Taking its name from David Hockney's artwork "[d]o remember they can't cancel the spring", and in response to the global coronavirus outbreak, this exhibition captures new beginnings and a much needed sense of hope during these times. Most of the paintings in this exhibition were created during the pandemic and 'lockdown'. Unable to travel to her studio, Farrar focused on small-scale drawings that she could manage from home. Through this process, she re-encountered her love for pastels, their immediacy and pure colours, hence creating a number of pastel drawings which went on to inspire the creation of her largest paintings to date "Lake Taal", "Beaujolais" and "Chelsea boots". These paintings are a series of rapidly expanding images which she experienced while in a state of being in-between consciousness: right before one falls asleep or when one is about to wake up. As Farrar asserted, "I needed the bigger canvas for the enormous gestural marks I needed to make, to show the dynamic images from the dream like state."

Another highlight of the exhibition is a series of garden paintings titled "Brunnera", "Hydrangeas" and "Sunflower". In these paintings, Farrar turns to details as she layers fine brush marks that depicts living plants and organisms commonly observed in nature. While exploring natural landscapes, she "looked at gardens in Botticelli's Primavera, Lucas Cranach's Gardens of Eden, and looked inwards to the garden of [her] childhood home in Shimonoseki." Inspiration for this series came while Farrar was listening to a radio interview. A man who had recovered from coronavirus had spoken passionately about a recovery garden and a large inner courtyard of a hospital filled with plants and flowers that represented a place of hope and peace.

While Maria Farrar continues to explore the connections between the east and the west, she admits it has become more subtle and organic in the actual paintings. "Continuing my journey into colour, the current and next stage is more subtle: how an eastern feeling for colour translates to oil paint." Ota Fine Arts Shanghai welcomes you to join us as we encounter Farrar's dreamy and hope-filled canvases.

展览详情Exhibition Information

展览名称 : 春天

展期 : 2020年11月11日 — 2021年1月9日
VIP 预览:11月10日(星期二),下午三至七时

地址 : 上海大田秀则画廊
Title : Spring

Exhibition Period : Wed. 11 November 2020 ― Sat. 9 January 2021
VIP Preview: Tuesday, 10 November, 3 – 7 pm

Venue : OTA FINE ARTS Shanghai

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