Well-known local artist Ildiko Hammond launches herself into the world of colour with her new exhibition Iridescent, which opens tonight (Thursday, October 12) at Armisteads Gallery.
The new series of works is a collection of both figurative and abstract paintings, all infused with bright, bold colours a departure from her older paintings in which she used more neutral tones.
Patterns also play a dominant role in the new exhibition, particularly in the figurative pieces. Ildiko says these patterns were either spontaneously produced in response to her mood at the time or stem from previous experiences the folk art floral patterns reflect her Hungarian background; the 1970s-style is reminiscent of her early childhood years; and others are influenced by her love of house restoration and the Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs she recreates.
As with all of Ildikos work, the paintings are richly textured, almost jumping from the canvas at the viewer, an effect she creates with thick layers of paint and the use of fabrics and objects she connects with.
This year, to some extent, I found a balance in myself, with regards to my work, due to my indulgence in the two opposing styles, Ildiko said. The figurative work took a lot of time, patience, effort and ability to paint while the abstracts were explorative, experimental and intuitive. My heart and soul are in my figurative paintings, while my passion and voice are in my abstract works.
Iridescent opens at 6pm tonight and everyone is welcome to meet Ildiko and enjoy some nibblies.
The exhibition will remain on show until October 25.
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