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Michelle Dovey @ Gimpel Fils

7 April 2016 - 27 May 2016

Michelle Dovey presents a new range of paintings for her exhibition at Gimpel Fils. Dovey’s work is anchored in a study of nature and especially of trees and their branch structure. The work evokes a reference to historical landscape painting, originally with George Stubbs as a key point. She has studied the use of light in the work of the Dutch Italianate artists, partly influenced by the warmer tones of light depicted in their work evoking Italian light. In recent years, Dovey has shifted between paintings of individual trees and images of woodland, always using colour to reproduce the organic matter that is conjured up by a brilliantly chromatic rendition of wood, woods and trees. Because light is so important to her, Dovey frequently painted observations of dawn on the areas surrounding her home. The exhibited work, grouped under the title ‘Colourful Sausage Trees‘, show Michelle Dovey at her freest. She has chosen to focus on a single oak, then paint it in various hues and shapes. Dovey’s stated aim is not so much to reproduce a tree, this tree, as to use it as a means to conjure up a kaleidoscope of colours, contrasts and juxtapositions of colour, rhythmic repetition and the layered intensity of overlapping paint strokes. Against a mono-colour background, branches dissolve into a riot of colour, pulsing in short bursts and occasionally colliding in a fusion of movement. Dovey states that she starts out with an intuitive feel for the developing work, rather than aiming for a particular finished image but, as the painting progresses, the image becomes more intentional and defined.


7 April 2016
27 May 2016
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Gimpel Fils