This exhibition at Heart Gallery is Gillian Lee Smith’s first solo show and she chose to launch this series of paintings with us so we are ever so excited about it. Her paintings portray ‘all the times we stand alone and all the times we stand together’. It is about loneliness, isolation, shared experiences, connections and a sense of community.
Gillian is a mixed media artist based in Nottingham and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005. This took Gillian on a journey from sculpture to solely dedication her time to her paintings three years ago, all inspired by her fascination with dreams and memories and the art of storytelling.
Gillian describes herself as an ‘emotionally curious’ artist who is constantly searching for the answers; travelling through the historical pages of time, connecting and creating her own visual interpretation of people, stories and events.
We all Cast Shadows is inspired by tales of women who were left husbandless during the war, in fishing and mining communities. It was this sense of pulling together, helping one another survive in uncertain times, that the strength and beauty of the human spirit shone through.
Gillian’s work is imbued with atmosphere, storytelling and emotion. Her paintings encompass layers of narrative, layers of paint, memories and dreams. She is inspired by history, women walking the coast searching for long-lost souls, characters who throughout their life carry with them a reminder of times gone by. Communities that are both fractured and brought together by difficult times play their part in connecting the shadows we cast and the shadows that comfort us.
Gillian works primarily in acrylics and oils on board and mixed media on paper. Gillian’s exhibition at Heart Gallery is a collection of original paintings that depict the communities of women, independent and strong, raising their children whilst their men are away from home. This is the start of Gillian’s anthology of work that has touched her heart and spoken to her soul.
THE LAUNCH IS THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 6PM – 9PM. GILLIAN WILL BE WITH US DURING THE EVENING TO CHAT TO YOU ABOUT HER WORK AND THE INSPIRATION BEHIND WE ALL CAST SHADOWS.
Please contact the gallery for your invitation and the exhibition runs until 11th January 2015.