Want something really special to do next Saturday – you have lots of warning! Bronwen Findlay is having an open studio day. Pop-up exhibitions by their very nature often have a more spontaneous and intimate feel and even more so when the artist is present and the venue is the artist’s own home. It will be a treat to visit Bronwen’s home which reflects her gentle quiet manner, her quirky individuality and her engaged critical mind.
The world around her
Drawing inspiration from objects of everyday life particularly those traditionally associated with the domestic realm – such as flowers, fabrics, crockery – Bronwen, (I can’t call her Findlay … it just doesn’t sound right!) works with energized daubs and slashes of brightly coloured impasto paint. While very easy to live with, her works are not merely decorative. Bronwen elevates the apparently mundane and the prosaic, both through her powerful painting technique and because of the enigmatic yet familiar quality of objects she uses, objects chosen for their personal, familial and historical significance. …. And often for the sheer joy of their prettiness.
Bronwen is also a first class print-maker and mosaicist. I was privileged to see a recently installed large scale double- paneled mosaic of indigenous South African birds , a commission for an art collector and friend of mine. Bronwen Findlay is a well-established artist: she has been represented on numerous group shows and is represented in important art museums and corporate collections. Her last solo show which was very successful, was held at the Everard Read Gallery in 2012. For more
There are options for all to buy
Works range in scale and price – from R5000 to R95 000 – so offering very good opportunities for people to look, to begin their collections, to add to them, or just for the pure love of art and experience of an artist’s home – in this case an eccentric and spectacular one! Bronwen’s home is eclectic, charming, funky with the most wonderful warm welcoming feel to it. Bronwen as person, artist and home-maker are completely congruent. Did I mention she’s a teacher too?
You’ll have two opportunities to visit, as she has open studio days on the 14th and the following Saturday 21st November- from 10 to 6 at 43 Barnes Rd Brixton. You won’t be disappointed.