Ann Gardner & Lisa Micklewright
16–21 May 2022
Private View: 17 May 2022, 6.30–8.30 PM
Lisa Micklewright is an award-winning painter who grew up in a family of artists in which her love for the visual arts was nurtured. Primarily a landscape painter, her strong sense of structure and her flair for abstract pattern are balanced with an ability to imbue her observed subjects with an intensely atmospheric mood and vision.
Lisa has always had a fascination with looking at the world from above and uses maps and, increasingly, the satellite imagery and aerial photography of Google Earth as an integral part of her work process.
Inspired by these technologically-generated perspectives, her interest in and feeling for the dynamics of mark-making, line, tone and colour allows her to vividly interpret the patterns and shapes of both natural and human topographies. “I think that there are certain configurations, patterns and forms which can lead to a harmonious, energised beauty.”
Ann Gardner paints landscapes, portraits and still-life, but her special talent is for landscape. Her early career was studded with prizes and she took part in such prestigious group shows as The Whitechapel Open, The National Portrait Award and The Discerning Eye.
“She is particularly good at capturing a particular time of day, such as ‘Twilight’, or a major seasonal change of the kind to be found in her magnificent rendering of ‘Blossom’. Although her use of paint is precise and controlled, it is never austere and there is a sensuousness to it which is both intriguing and compelling. In fact her paint handling is decidedly fluid and atmospheric, aiming at conveying a very particular emotional response to a stretch of countryside. She has made reflections in water one of her themes, a subject which enables her to deploy a range of blues to make the heart sing. ” Andrew Lambirth, writer, critic and curator.
Both Ann and Lisa attended the Slade School of Fine Art from 1983 to 1989. They have both received prestigious awards and continue to work prolifically. We are delighted to host this show which visualises the balance between their two distinct styles.