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Alyson Guy - "Women at Play"
Women at Play
Women at Play
Oil on Canvas
W: 1000mm x H: 1200mm x D: 50mm
This work is unframed
Women at play
About "Women at Play"
A photo of this group of models biding time waiting in the background of a photo shoot or fashion show, appealed to me. The issue of being decorative has drawn me to consider the view many women have of themselves and the ends to which they will go to achieve what society expects from them. They are happy to be dressed up in all manner of outfits and spend many hours being made up & photographed - to what purpose? The lady in white in front is almost annoyed at being interuppted, possibly they were gossiping amongst themselves while they waited to be called, I can find find all manner of conversations between them! Chose to put 'candy colours' on them - frothy types - but I also liked the effect of light streaming in from behind, revealing something going on beyond their space.
I appreciate all facets of life, beauty of creation in all its diversity- so paint people (expressive faces & those that tell a story) flowers, landscapes, cats are a particular love also. Enjoy colour & texture, so oils is preferred medium though have worked in acrylic & watercolour, as well as sculpture in clay. Have been commisioned to do murals, landscapes again with the feeling of travelling into the picture. Often have a spiritual message in the subject matter and have written short notes as I have meditated on the artwork afterwards. Being creative is very therapeutic for me and I know others that it has helped to be set 'free', so believe in the means of expressing one's inner self.
December 2000 -1st Solo, then each year thereafter joint exhibitions at Hermanus Art Society, Vermont Art Circle and with Group of 12 Women artists (Book Club) The latter ones generally with a theme & in 2008 exhibited "Miniatures". Also in recent years has taken part in exhibitions held at Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West & Marsh Rose Mall, Grabouw, 4ArtSake Gallery, Hermanus & La Vierge Winery & Restaurant. Latest commissions by Dept of Tourism, Western Cape.October 2010 exhibition as part of the Vermont Art Circle at Hornbill Gallery, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus. My 2nd solo exhibition was held at Bellini Gallery, Main Road, Hermanus 10 years after my first. from 3 to 12 December 2010. The theme I chose, "People & Places" expressed my main emphasis & I was able to paint portraits of the people with whom I work daily plus friends in the community on Volmoed where I live & work. I was able to bless the staff by giving them their portraits as a Christmas gift - the joy & laughter that brought was very special. The official opening on 3 December was well attended & great fun with several sales also. We were all pleased with the outcome but not sure that I feel like painting right now!!!!!
Senior Certificate Art, various art courses through the years
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