|Helen J Young|
I'd never seen Anna Dillon's paintings in the flesh, I just random'd upon them in one of my normal everyday internet grazing frenzies.
Today, the wife and I decided to go for a picnic-walk, and I chose a walk that began at Cholsey (train station) and ended at Didcot (train station) which would take us through the village of Aston Tirrold where Anna Dillon lived, it was her last day of Art Weeks so it seemed opportune. Her work was as vibrant as the artist herself, great to meet her.
We discovered that there were other artists exhibiting under the Art Weeks banner in the village, so 'when in Rome'... my personal favourite was the (abstract) work of Helen J Young whose paintings were based on a recent trip to Nepal. This twenty or so paintings are mostly white-n-blue but the layering/texturing/rendering/ripping of the paint she uses is key to the form's success.
The edges of Young's three red Nepal abstracts caught the light like Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals... and her clay (Didcot Power Station) towers that we talked about, smashed and repaired with gold using the ancient Japanese technique called 'kintsugi' are also charming. Both below...