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Freya Purdue

Freya PurdueFellowship: 1989 – 1993 Attimore Barn, WGC

Artform: Painting

My paintings inhabit the border between abstraction and figuration and have their basis in exploration through seeing and engagement with the tactility of the process. I draw on a wide range of sources from the most obvious classical themes in painting to the subtlety of philosophical and mystical thought. In making paintings I am absorbed in the discovery of an energized sense of connection and consciousness between things that are emerging from that which is hidden into that which is seen.

The use of colour in the painting is vital to the sense of presence, energy and subtly that is discovered or revealed through the process of working. It provides a source of atmosphere and links each work with my current ideas which are sometimes visual, sometimes historical, philosophical, poetic, musical, intuitive, perceptual or experimental.

I work on paintings in groups and find this an energizing and dynamic process whereby there is a constant discovery of new visual aspects in the relationships between them. Each group of work is a new journey and each painting an new kind of sensitivity and living energy to be realised. Through the process of constant reviewing and reflection the paintings are worked towards the realisation of a new sense of connectedness that links them with contemporary life, cultural histories, artists, practices and symbologies.’