Judith North, Charmaine Stimson, Kate Proudman
10 – 20 January 2018
Judith North’s paintings often explore interior and exterior spaces. These spaces, rooted in the real world, are constructed from observation and memory. Her painting process, involving the application and removal of successive layers of transparent paint, is in itself part of her search to find equilibrium between the real and the imagined. Judith is attracted to the geometry in a subject and she uses colour and composition to help create sense of atmosphere. The work exhibited is part of her Finding Space series which explores spatial and atmospheric qualities through abstraction.
Judith North graduated in fine art from the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design, London, having originally studied art history and mathematics. She works both as an individual artist and collaboratively with Charmaine Stimson.
Happy Now is a collaborative work. It comprises a video installation (not exhibited here) and 25 drawings inspired by government attempts to measure our happiness. The work explores the extent to which this most subjective of states can be measured and manipulated.
Charmaine Stimson is a London based artist who works in a range of media with a particular emphasis on drawing. She graduated in fine art from the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design, London, having originally studied Economics. She works both as an individual artist and collaboratively with Judith North.
Working in a collaborative way, Kate Proudman often uses a piece of written work as the starting point for a painting. Each work in the Imagined Realities series is made in response to a written description of a place of personal significance given by someone (the initials in the title). By combing elements and interpreting the description, Kate paints an imagined abstraction of the original space.
Kate has been making versions of Lily Briscoe’s Painting for some time, seeing parallels with her own conflicts with composition, and echoes of her own desire to strike a balance between the figurative and the abstract. In ‘To the Lighthouse’, Virginia Woolf describes Lily Briscoe, an artist, standing in the garden making a painting: Throughout the novel, clues are given about the composition, amid descriptions of her struggles, dilemmas, lack of confidence, and fear of people looking at her work. Kate’s paintings bring together a love of colour and light, to create believable spaces, often showing her architectural interests – she is an architect by background. The Serpentine Pavilion series captures the essence of the temporary structures built in Hyde Park each summer, which are often a collaboration between an architect and an artist.
Kate Proudman graduated in Fine Art from the Cass in 2011. She lives and works in London.