Our eARTh 2018: Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, N. Yorks; 24 March to 23 December 2018
RUGBY ARTISTS’ GROUP SPRING EXHIBITION: Floor One Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby; 24 March / 12 April 2018
Happy to discuss commissions, larger works and collaborations
Ije (pronounced Eee J) – A conceptual/expressionist abstract painter plus poetry, installation, photography, video and curation. Based in Rugby, Warwickshire, I have an MA Fine Art from Birmingham City University, I am a founding member of the OMHS Collective based in Oxfordshire; A member of the Association of Midland Artists (AMA) and Rugby artists Group (RAG); I have held committee roles for RAG since 2015; Warwickshire Open Studios (2013-2017) and the AMA (2011-2014).
I make work in response to conceptual & corporeal encounters running / walking / dwelling near expanses of water, sky and ‘natural’ land; undertaking durational activity, the physical labour, the process of creating, testing and making; documenting as a sensing being; absorbing and responding to encounters with time, space and place.
Repetition, pattern, performance and gesture are prominent during my activities and making processes; in the studio, translocating my rhythmical, repetitive involvement, through layering and mark making onto surfaces. I work predominantly in acrylics and oils plus other materials such as yarn, paper, sparkly things and found objects to create tactile, vibrant works. I am currently further developing the use of photography / video, weaving it with poetry and within installations.