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CONTOURS - Penelope & Darren Oates - The inspiration for this exhibition comes from our respective disciplines as both artist and artisan and the commonalities we see in both our work.
Penelope’s works are characterized by layered, textural and etched surfaces where the contours of the landscape often merge the delineation between land, sea and sky. This layering of mixed media with the predominant use of coloured inks on timber shapes, perfectly cut to size by Darren in his workshop, allow Penelope to explore varying shapes and contours as a painting surface, rather than always adhering to the more conventional and restrictive size and shape of a canvas.
Darren’s furniture is characterized by a strong use of curves that are achieved by molding timber into forms that mirror the shapes and contours we find in nature. These curved elements are largely a result of using bent laminations.