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Embassy, New Book by Frances Aviva Blane Published

THE LONDON-based artist, Frances Aviva Blane has just published Embassy, her second book which follows the success of Two Faces, an exhibition at the German Ambassador’s Residence in London in which a large selection of her paintings and drawings were included this year. As well as work from the show, the book includes an essay by the leading British artist and printmaker, Tess Jaray about Blane’s work.

Frances Aviva Blane, Embassy, book, artist, abstract expressionistFail. Oil/linen, 90 x 90 cm, Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

In her foreward to the book, Jaray describes Blane’s emotive gestures as “painting straight from the heart to the canvas”. Blane draws and paints with alacrity but her work is not random but thoughtfully planned and, as the artist explains, “hard to make”.

Frances Aviva Blane, Embassy, book, artist, abstract expressionistHimmler Court. Acrylic/Charcoal/Khadi, 47 x 47 cm. Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

Blane exploits the theatrics of vivid colour as it hits the canvas with her innovative use of paint. Sometimes pink wells up in a rush of emotion and simmers under mascara streaked tears. Yellow gets spiked with black and mingles with wet globs from the tube. Blane also enjoys the limitation of working in one colour, as her big black oils demonstrate. In these, she rips, gouges and scrapes the surface until it seethes like hot tar but in others, she thins the paint to a watery drizzle like rain from heavy dark skies.

 

Frances Aviva Blane, Embassy, book, artist, abstract expressionistSky, [Detail]. Oil/linen, 60 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

An abstract expressionist artist, Blane works in an unusual way as she also draws figuratively. In these large canvases, the scrawled personalities of Blane’s heads become metaphors in paint as it breaks up. She welcomes the element of surprise as the paint drips and is allowed to take its own course. The effects of these marks can be disturbing, confrontational or plain hectic but some seem otherworldly as they deconstruct, fall and float free.

Frances Aviva Blane, Embassy, book, artist, abstract expressionistDerail. Oil/linen, 198 x 198 cm. Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

Frances Aviva Blane, Embassy, book, artist, abstract expressionistFebruary, [Detail]. Oil/linen, 90 x 90, Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

Blane is represented by the De Queeste Kunstkamers art gallery in Belgium where her drawings have been exhibited alongside work by Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois. Recently, her work was selected by film-maker Jordan Baseman and will be on show at Creekside Open later this year.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front page image: Heart, Oil/linen, 60 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Frances Aviva Blane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria and Albert Museum Launch Range of Interior Paints

THE world’s leading museum of art and design, The Victoria and Albert Museum launches a new interior paint range next year. The V&A Classic Paint Collection, inspired by the Museum’s interiors is hand-crafted by Master Paintmakers, a company whose heritage dates back to the 19th Century.  Their sumptuous palette comprises 40 elegant colours designed to bring the very essence of the V&A’s interiors to the home. The Museum and Master Paintmakers will use the finest pigments to “achieve the highest quality paint product available in its category”.

Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Classic Paint Collection
V&A Classic Paint Collection in Owen’s Teal

A quick glimpse at the new range reveals a stunning new shade of teal, a hue designed to intensify the most romantic of settings. Owen’s Teal is inspired by Owen Jones’s fabulous Moorish patterns which adorned the V&A’s early interiors. A sensational background for neutrals and crisp white china, the colour is also striking with spicy orange accents or black.

 

Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Classic Paint CollectionV&A Classic Paint Collection in Reuben Red

The architect, Reuben Townroe produced the exterior mosaics for South Kensington Museum, as the V&A was once known. Reuben Red, produced for the museum’s new collection is a rich plummy hue that recalls the architect’s original designs. Highlight strong architectural features with Reuben Red for an assertive contemporary look. The colour also works well with neutrals and charcoal accents.

 

Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Classic Paint CollectionV&A Classic Paint Collection in Opus Criminale

A 19th century plaster cast provided the inspiration for Trajan’s Column, a smooth contemporary white colour. It pairs well with Webb Grey named after the renowned architect, Aston Webb who designed the V&A’s main building and also the façade of Buckingham Palace.

The V&A Classic Collection will be available from retailers and online in Spring 2017. It comprises four finishes, Matt Emulsion, Eggshell, Gloss and Masonry and is suitable for furniture, walls, ceilings and woodwork both for interior and exterior surfaces.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front page image: V&A Classic Paint Collection in Opus Criminale