“Having grown up in beautiful Cornwall, it’s no wonder that I’ve been captivated by the elusive beauty of the sea.  I’m inspired by the fascinating details in seas and rivers – from images taken underwater to the dancing surface light reflections. I create work by layering, dripping, imprinting and accentuating; with an intuitive response to previous marks made. I collect elements of chance when painting, a process that seems as organic as the natural subject itself” Amy Albright 2015

 Subaqueous echo 120 x 150cm Oil on canvas

Subaqueous echo 120 x 150cm Oil on canvas

"Albright has developed a visual language that alludes to the interconnecting natural forms and patterns that surround us. Her paintings communicate an intimate view of the intangible and ambiguous in nature. Numerous sources are explored and referenced in her work: meteorological, astronomical, satellite and microscopic imagery, as well as her own investigative photographs. But it is the underwater, reflections and more particularly the layers from the river bed/sea to the light reflections on the surface that inspire Albright‘s elemental vision.

 In paintings of great richness and sensitivity she allows glimpses into a world that is not immediately apparent to the naked eye, they only start to reveal their secrets when we are prepared to give more than a cursory glance. With careful looking minute fragments and traces that seem mysteriously familiar emerge out of deep, luminous, translucent surfaces of colour; fragile aqueous shapes, beads of glowing light, and threads that float up out of turquoise or blue expanse hint at a primal universe locked deep in consciousness. All sense of scale is thrown into question; everything becomes blurred in an intimate unconstrained luminescence.

 There is a refined purity of purpose about her painting process; works evolve by allowing and capturing elements of chance, and balancing this with an intuitive response to previous marks. Layering, pouring, imprinting, accentuating and tuning takes place in the studio, methods that seem as organic as the subject itself, as if the work is imitating nature's ephemeral flux." Martin Gould

Words taken from 'Art of England' Publication Issue 80, April 2011


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