Painters have been involved in photography since its inception, artists used visual aids, like the camera obscura. Shufflebotham’s new works you can see this organic relationship that has grown from the intermingling of photography and painting.
In previous paintings and drawings she has used found slides, but in this new work the slides have all come from photographs she has captured herself in the past few months. The photographs she has been making come from a visit she made to Sri Lanka, photographs taken from a trip down river on a raft, and photographs of a journey into the mountains in the Uva Province. The photographs she took have a mixture of jungles, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and people and all of this has found its way into the paintings.
She combines the photographs to create composite images, from these images she then creates working drawings, and then she further adapts these into paintings. Within the act of overlaying the photographs she attempts to find different visual relationship between the images, she is looking to find an image that seems to be a surprise. This results in the creation of a scene that is completely fictitious, a place you can only visit with your eyes with the help of the painted surface. Throughout history painters like Caspar David Friedrich created paintings that were idealised versions of places, that do not really represent the location truthfully.
The paintings become more removed from the original photographs as she creates the colour for the painting, the colours are not prescribed by her photographs. They have been invented as she paints, a mixture between what works and the colours that she remembers from her visit. In her watercolour paintings Shufflebotham works with the characteristics of paint rather than against them, these small paintings that she has created are not only a picture, but also a record of an event of adaption and intuitive decision making.
Opening 10th August, 18:00 - 21:00
16 Lower Holyhead Rd
We opened on the 10th of December 2016, the gallery and project space aims to be approachable and showcase contemporary artists from the West Midlands alongside work by some of the leading artists from Britain today.
The gallery is co-located with Holyhead Studios only a short walk away from the main city centre. We are located in a Victorian Quaker's meeting hall, in the mid-1970s the basement was used as a music workshop that provided a crucially important space for the development of early 2-Tone music. The building has had a number of different activities since ceasing being a meeting hall, it has been a youth club, boxing club, swing dance club and policemans social club. The room that this gallery & project space occupies was originally designated as a classroom for women.