Thursday, 11 October 2012

David Armitage (art)

Coastal by David Armitage
Art At The Underground is presenting a new exhibition from the beginning of October, moving from the Modern African Art that complimented Snared so well last month to the abstract paintings of David Armitage, a Tasmanian artist who came to Britain in the 1970s and now lives in East Hoathly.

I first came across David as the illustrator of the children's book, The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch which was written by his wife, Ronda. It was inspired by a visit to Beachy Head and was one of Mum's favourites to use for teaching. The Armitages have created over twenty books and some of the illustrations are on show, and for sale, in the Underground exhibition, including a few depicting scenes from the Lighthouse Keeper series. The exhibition has a number of abstract works as well as the book illustrations and three elegant life drawings. 

I'm not very good at decoding abstract art and saw H.G. Wells-style science fiction ideas in Coastal which is one of the two large paintings that are on show. Terra Australis is a small image, painted in gorgeous warm terracotta colours and I also loved the Mediterranean colours in Andalucia which reminded me of a visit to Cordoba, even before I read the title. However, in Cerberus, which I very much liked, I saw a long buttoned bodice or corset, yet the title implied that I should have seen a mythical dog? Perhaps more studying is needed!

Underground Theatre, Fridays & Saturdays 5th Oct to 10th Nov, 10:00 - 16:00.
Also open to audiences during Underground Theatre events.
Free admission.

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