“Breathe” A New Exhibition by Gail Mason
6th March – 29th April 2018 - 10am-4pm - Bishop's Palace, Wells
“Breathe” is a new exhibition by multi award-winning printmaker and artist Gail Mason, opening on 3rd March 2018 in the Exhibition Room of The Bishop’s Palace.
The exhibition is a collection of works which serve as a reminder to take time out from busy lives and to appreciate the wonder and space that the natural landscape provides.
Through the paintings, Gail plays with the experience of a journey or place, real or imagined. Colour is key and she deploys it to set the emotional tone of a painting.
Gail says “These unique images do not seek to be physically accurate or describe a particular location, but are landscapes that I would like to walk through and explore. Outward expressions of inner mark-making, the footprints of past and future encounters.”
The works in the show are created mostly through the medium of silkscreen monotype, where the image is built up through layers of ink and formed directly on the screen without stencils or complicated technology. In this way they are more akin to paintings which require a decisive bold approach, punctuated with periods of reflection, editing and overprinting over time before the image is complete. Often entire areas are washed away and repainted through the screen, overlaying transparent colour and employing various tools to create marks which suggest form rather than dictate it.
Helen Sergeant, Public Events Co-ordinator at The Bishop’s Palace says “The Palace is the perfect home for this exhibition; the works will be on display in the Palace, which is a large, meditative space, and the stunning gardens surrounding it reflect the nature and landscapes portrayed so wonderfully by Gail”.
Gail Mason is Co-Chair of North Somerset Arts, an organisation committed to creating opportunities and development to North Somerset Artists, an Artist Network member of the RWA and an elected member of the Bath Society of Artists and Somerset Printmakers.