Friday 3 October 2014
6:30 – 10 pm
Sonya started painting this series in 2013 when she started swimming in her local gym. She was inspired by the various shapes of the bodies of swimmers both inside and outside the water. She continues to find inspiration from water.
The exhibition will also display other sculptural paintings that Sonya creates from thrown out materials such as wood and roof tiles.
“Sometimes it’s not easy for me to confront all these faces, who seem to be coming from somewhere deep and dark: dreams and places that I do not know. But then I have to face them with no distance between us.
Through the faces of my women, I am painting myself, my indecision, my imagination, beauty, sadness, love… I haven’t got a problem with a theme; I’m not worried about that any more because it’s easiest to paint what you know best, or think you know the best. When I realised that, I started to put on canvas the different faces and figures of my life.
With the Swimmers, even though I am painting figures not faces, I am still portraying myself and many similar women of my age, who would like to keep their youth and freshness in the depths of clear, blue water, water that makes me feel light and free.”
About Sonya Radan
Fine Art Yugoslav-born artist Sonya Radan graduated from the University of Fine Art, Sarajevo in 1984. Sonya has exhibited throughout Europe and Britain, where she has been living and painting for twenty years. Her art is figurative, intimate and modern in an expressive manner; she paints familiar subjects that are deeply personal and individual.
Sonya’s paintings are unpredictable; they change from rich to subdued. She freely experiments with texture, sometimes to obtain a feather like smoothness and at other times to create thick impasto strokes. Sonya’s work was shortlisted for the Annya Sand Eastern Art Prize in 2010.
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