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.Pure: Play of Colours

A vivid green, a bright yellow, a deep blue, a vibrant red; all of these combined together make a lively play of colours. Today at .Cent, we would like to introduce you to a couple of exhibitions and books that all have something in common; a pure passion for colours.

Speaking of colours, that is Mark Entwisle‘s speciality! The artist and portrait painter Mark Entwisle has an unique approach when it comes to creating art. To be precise, he photographs his chosen objects with analogue cameras and uses caffenol as a photographic developer. Without any doubt, his paintings have “a casual and uncomplicated honesty of observation, coupled with an emotional directness” and an incredible attention to detail and colours.

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© Mark Entwisle | The Things We Forget, NO. X 2015.

“It is these qualities of imperfection that I want to bring to my paintings, a sort of diary, but with an element of mystery. Not just paintings of things as they are, but of the impermanence of things too, a way of preserving the things we forget.” – Mark Entwisle

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© Mark Entwisle | The Things We Forget, EBB TIDE 2015-16.

By looking at Entwisle’s paintings you almost become part of his creations. Each meticulous brushstroke reveals a story; a story of colours.

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© Mark Entwisle | The Things We Forget, FLOTILLA 2015.

Mark Entwisle’s exhibition “The Things We Forget” runs from 3rd March to 15th April 2016 and takes place at the Long and Ryle Gallery.

To follow the common thread, the Pocko Gallery in London is proud to announce the forthcoming exhibition, “A Chance Tone of Colour”, featuring the work of Japanese artist Kazuko Nomoto better-known as “Nomoco”.
Nomoco’s work for this exhibition “represents ‘gatherings’ found in the world around us, from gatherings of people in an enormous city to gatherings of trees in a midnight forest”.

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© Nomoco

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© Nomoco

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© Nomoco

Inspired by Piero della Francesca’s famous art work called Madonna del Parto (c.1455-60), Katrina Blannin presents her new solo exhibition Annodam.
Blannin has “responded to the fresco’s particular chromatic properties by using a series of collaged drawings as the basis for paintings, whose oppositional and complimentary colour relationships highlight, balance and unbalance the symmetrical composition through the organisation of form and layers of paint”.

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© Annodam, a solo exhibition by Katrina Blannin, Jessica Carlisle Gallery.

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© Annodam, a solo exhibition by Katrina Blannin, Jessica Carlisle Gallery.

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© Annodam, a solo exhibition by Katrina Blannin, Jessica Carlisle Gallery.

Five years ago, artist Stuart Haygarth started to walk along the entire coast of southern England and collected every man-made item that he could find. By doing this, “Haygarth gathers discarded or overlooked objects and elevates them into art, making exquisite artefacts and stunning installations out of common detritus and everyday waste”.
The book “Strand” published by Art / Books artistically shows Haygarth’s very creative way of dealing with waste.

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© Strand by STUART HAYGARTH and published by Art / Books.

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© Strand by STUART HAYGARTH and published by Art / Books.

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© Strand by STUART HAYGARTH and published by Art / Books.

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© Strand by STUART HAYGARTH and published by Art / Books.

Unquestionably, graphic novels have become a worldwide phenomenon over the last years.
This month, SelfMadeHero presents two new graphic novels which add a twist to your nightly reading ritual.

“AN OLYMPIC DREAM: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar” tells the fascinating and touching story of the Somali Olympian Samia Yusuf Omar dealing with discrimination and abuse.
The runners “subsequent and tragic flight from Somalia, along the refugee trail through Sudan and into Libya, is a compelling story that reflects the urgency of contemporary events”. (Out: 14th March 2016)

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Barbara Yelin’s graphic novel “Irmina” is a love story with a very personal touch by telling the story of her grandmother’s experiences in Hitler’s Germany and the problems she has to face when she fell in love with a black man. (Out: 21st March 2016)

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Apparently, it’s all about colours this month…

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