INGRID BOWEN – SOLO SHOW
Wed 6th June – Sunday 17th June 2018
Ingrid Bowen, is an emerging artist based in Sydney, whose paintings centre on the expansive beauty of the Australian landscape, refracted through the individuality of human experience. Drawing on how place is linked to memory and imagination, her works tell a visual story of landscapes lost and longed for.
Ingrid works with watercolours and inks on cotton rag board, evoking the colour, form and feel of her natural surroundings to create ambiguous landforms and fragmented perspectives. The meditative rhythms of her compositions are played out in details drawn in and out of focus from observations and recollections.
‘Understory’ is a series emerging from the bush, exploring shady tracks and contemplating the shadows. ‘It considers the fragile ambience of our endemic forests, a reverence to the symbiotic balances and sheer bliss of dappled light and cool shade. Equally, the acceptance of solitude and disquietude in the shadows fosters an embrace with darkness and loss. With a restrained palette, merging contemporary and traditional techniques from Eastern and Western painting schools, gestural strokes suggest nostalgic bushwalks and lost forests.
“My preferred landscapes have always been wide panoramic alpine and open country environments. Since relocating my studio to Eramboo 18 months ago bordered by National Park, I’ve been enveloped by the bush and confronted by my own unease with being alone in the deep forest. Yet the surroundings are very familiar, very Australian and evoke a sense of nostalgia for childhood bushwalks. In prompting fragmented memories from the past, similarly it triggers trepidation for the future of our natural environment.”
Ingrid has been working full time as an artist since 2014. She won the Little Things Art Prize in 2015 and the Cider Inspired Art competition at Corner Store Gallery in 2016. She has exhibited three times at Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney as part of “Common Ground”, “Elements” and “Gradient”, and three times at the Corner Store Gallery in Orange. Her first solo was with Suki & Hugh, Bungendore in 2017. She has also been selected as a finalist in the 30 x30, Blacktown City and Hunters Hill art prizes.
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