Glenda Gibson is a self-taught artist who primarily paints in oils but also enjoys layering her work with a variety of other mediums. She enjoys the looking and seeing that goes towards the small observations in the landscape around her or in the people she meets. Her work has been representational but now she is more interested in producing paintings that are abstract or semi-abstract in appearance.
There is a physicality about her work which stems from both the size of the canvas she uses to the way in which she applies the paint. This enables her body to respond both with wide sweeping movements and the calming rhythm of smaller marks not unlike a dance across the canvas and in a response to its taut surface.
Glenda’s use of oils is done in such a way as to try and push the medium as much as she can with the marks she makes. She interacts with the medium through scraping, scratching, printing and stencilling along with the more conventional use of the brush. Her work also incorporates the use of mixed media to add texture with different types of tactile mark making .
Patterns also play an important role. She takes these observations from nature and weaves them in to her work. She is interested in the way in which shapes and lines can be disrupted to bring about an asymmetrical beauty and a more dynamic energy.
Her paintings have been described as ‘colour stories’ and this points to another important facet of her work. She is not one to shy away from the application of clean, bright and saturated colour along with the sometimes more muted tones. Her process begins with the use of colour to activate the canvas, often from paint left on her palette. She uses colour to express a range of emotions from joy to anger. In addition, colour is used to convey a spirituality and her work has been said to have ‘colour, kindness and faith’. Her hope is to bless others in the way she herself feels blessed with the richness of the colours available to her.
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Rutland Open Studios Art Trail 2023 exhibition address:
Hope Centre, 42-44 Nottingham St, Melton Mowbray. LE13 2NW
Dates: 9 - 10, 16 - 17 & 23 - 24 September
Time: 12pm - 4pm