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Stéphanie Vandem 'Lifting' Solo Exhibiiton

From 13 Jan 2017 To 07 Feb 2017

LIFTING is a response to the Highland Games, in particular the heavy weight events with their strong sense of struggle, personal endurance, showmanship and cultural identity.

Preview: Friday 13th January 2017 6-8pm

Winner of 'Solo Exhibition at Newave Gallery and a feature in Art Mag' award, selected at the opening of 'Paintings & Drawings' group exhibition at Newave Gallery in October 2015.

Stéphanie Vandem’s work focuses on the relationship between the individual and his/her social context. Exploring the correlation of these in the shaping of one’s perception of Self and Other.

Brazilian by birth and educated in Paris, London, New York and Florence, Vandem brings a variety of influences to her striking work. In her portraits or more thematic projects, the artist approaches each sitter or painting-series as a ‘short story' that begins and ends in itself. Hence her responsive style which continuously evolves to accommodate the individual needs of the artwork and the influences she deems important at the time of production. Vandem' ultimate aim is to create images that touch the viewer at an emotional, intellectual and aesthetic level. The artist defines her practice as ‘quietly socially-engaged' and herself as an ‘emotional activist’.

Vandem has worked in New York, London, France and the Cayman Islands before settling in the North East of Scotland. Her paintings can be found in several international private collections and most recently were pre-selected to the Royal Glasgow Institute and Columbia Threadneedle Prize in London. The artist has painted the formal portrait of the Bishop of Aberdeen and the daughters of ‘Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey' TV director Minkie Spiro. She also tutors, runs community art projects and gives talks to other artist’s societies.

LIFTING is a response to the Highland Games, in particular the heavy weight events with their strong sense of struggle, personal endurance, showmanship and cultural identity.

Artistically, It took Vandem down the road of re-imagining each image against a pre-Victorian setting. Leaving behind her own strong associations between the games and tartan, and to favour a more muted colour palette extracted from the landscape that surrounds her: the silvery Silver Birches, the burned browns and creamy yellow ochers of the dried up grass, the purplely dark reds of the heather in the distance and the many shades of green that are all around us.

Aesthetically, the show is very directly (and humbly) influenced by the work of Michelangelo for the Sistine Chapel with its exaggerated and stylised anatomy and strong double narrative: the commissioner's Christian message of human struggle and the artist's sub storytelling of personal struggle. In such manner, LIFTING has also a double narrative. At one level it is a pictorial presentation of an aspect of the Highland Games and hidden behind it is a sub narrative of what the artist is thinking and struggling with whilst making the art.

www.newave-gallery.co.uk

Opening Days and Times:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

10:30am-5:30pm

Ticket Information:

Free Event.

Link to Event Website:

http://www.newave-gallery.co.uk

Venue Detail:

Newave Gallery

Theme:

Exhibitions,Visual Arts

Organiser Details:

Sylwia Banasiak
art@newave-gallery.co.uk


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