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In this new series of paintings Oona has concentrated on the coastline and the dramatic skies that roll in across our island shores. She has that gift as a painter of making us feel that we are actually there. We sense the wind buffeting our faces and flapping at our trouser legs, as we brace ourselves against an oncoming squall that will soon be flinging the rain in our faces.
The subjects range from Islay on the West Coastof Scotland to the Jurassic coast of Dorset, not far from her home, and the long sandy beach of West Wittering looking out towards the Isle of Wight. Many of them are paintings on a grand scale, six feet in width. All are favourite, familiar spots, where Oona has spent long hours walking and exploring in all weathers. Even in mid-summer it is a windy day that grabs her attention most, when the clouds are scudding across the bay, whipping up the sand and the mist is rolling in across the Atlantic bringing with it the promise of rain.
Oona works in a long tradition of European romantic landscape painting where mood and feeling combine with accuracy of observation and truth to nature. However she brings a fresh and unique vision to contemporary landscape painting and is justly recognized as one of its leading exponents. She holds regular exhibitions in London and is much sought after by both private and public collectors.
Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Egdean, Petworth, West Sussex, 16 November to 22nd November, 11 am to 4pm .42 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6PA, 25 – 28 November 6 pm to 9 pm daily
Or by appointment at either venue
This exhibition reassess the work of George Hooper who was widely acclaimed in his life-time, and whose work is in the collections of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It brings together a vibrant group of paintings and collages from the last few decades of his life when Hooper’s oeuvre blossomed into a riot of dynamic colour and activity seemingly influenced by Fauvism. It also marks the period of his blossoming friendship with Duncan Grant, the influence of Charleston and of the artist Ceri Richards who shared his passion for music.
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