Anita Austwick, Tower Bridge London
Anita Austwick 'Capital Cities' - 18th November - 22nd December 2006
Anita Austwick 'City Music' 2004/05 London, New York and Venice.
The Modern Artists Gallery Berkshire latest exhibition 'City Music' demonstrates the musical harmony of architecture and buildings and their relationship with the counterpoint of humanity - of people and places, of city streets and transport - yellow cabs, black taxis and red buses.
The exhibition 'builds' upon Anita's previous series in December 2001, which contrasted London and New York. Cities, which have now been revisited, and also featuring further scenes from the artist's impression of Venice.
The result is a renewal of those vibrant colours, the bright blues and rampant reds of yesteryear now toned in with oranges and yellows plus the ever so slightly muted views of Venice with its pinks and softer blue hues.
Up close this exciting use of colour really shouts at one and stops you in your tracks, however I would suggest you focus on one of Anita Austwick's larger canvases from a mid distance, when the bright colourful effect, highlighted by its white surroundings, is more subtle and cohesive.
Anita Austwick paintings certainly enjoy the gallery space, her style has a fascination which invites in one a desire to see her work in action - what speed, what imaginative processes lay behind these finished works?
How are the colourful swirls and flourishes applied or superimposed to achieve such embellished solidity? Further to see the palettes of vivid colours, oil that somehow echo acrylic and watch mere dribbles as they achieve the rippled substance of water, of wet streets and moving rivers.
Anita Austwick has the ability to capture the lurid scenes of everyday city life. To attempt to select a highlight must be of essence a very personal and subjective choice - in a particularly evocative view of Tower Bridge London, full of movement and home going life or to be seduced by the paler hues of San Marco,Venice.
I look forward to Anita Austwick featuring that newly celebrated architectural tower nicknamed 'The Gherkin' now part of London City sky line. Trevor Cotton
Anita Austwick Press Release: January 2005