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Pennie Elfick

Elfick is a painter who investigates the poetic language created by colour and form through the observed landscape.  Her involvement in a number of projects investigating the abstract interpretation of landscape has lead to a major series of exhibitions throughout the West Country.   In conjunction with these exhibitions Elfick delivered workshops on the Perception of Colour.  In 2001 she completed a residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in Kerr, Republic of Ireland; the time spent there was to have a major influence on her work.  Elfick successfully exhibits across the Southwest and London and has undertaken commissions for international companies.

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My paintings and prints are informed by observing everyday occurrences in the landscape. I am investigating how colour and form can reflect an emotional feeling ‘of place’.  Resolutely abstract, these paintings are influenced by the Minimalists, but do not rigorously negate the hand of the maker.  My aim is to create work that has a duality, it is an emotional response to something natural but abstract in its pictorial structure.  By removing figurative references to the natural work I am able to investigate the poetry that can be created from colour and form in a purely abstract manner.  These canvases by the particular use of colour create surfaces that sit quietly and yet command attention from the viewer challenging them to contemplate and reassess what they think they see.


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