|GALLERY TALK: international artist to discuss current exhibition inspired by Hamlet's Ophelia.|
Members of the British Shakespeare Association are invited to Celia Lendis Galleries in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, to experience the current exhibition 'Brook: Painting Ophelia'. On Saturday 6 July, from 4pm, British-Tasmanian artist John Lendis will be discussing the ideas, inspiration and stories behind his 24 piece exhibition that takes a contemporary look at Ophelia, and her importance throughout art history. John has researched Ophelia meticulously, and his work is both dense with meaning as well as beautiful.
For centuries (Ophelia) will appear to dreamers and to poets, floating on her brook with her flowers and her tresses spread out upon the water. She will provide the pretext for one of the greatest poetic synecdoches. She will be floating tresses, tresses loosened by the floods.' (Bachelard)
Water is emerging as a significant driving force in these paintings, as images compete for dominance in each painting - the repetition of Ophelia, reinscribed and repainted throughout art history and here, by the artist, in his studio over and over, demands to be an equivalence to the deep, cold, clear water and its magical and mythical inheritence, so prevalent in this part of England through pagan, Roman, medieval and modern history.
John Lendis has held more than 40 solo exhibitions in 4 countries and has paintings in public and private collections in all. His new body of work is a pursuit of Ophelia through the Cotswold villages and landscapes and through the lives, images and words of the artists who used to inhabit the places where Lendis now lives and works as a fulltime artist.
For directions and further details, please contact the gallery at http://www.celialendis.com/ .