Berkshire-based visual artist and arts communicator Christine Holley is currently holding an exhibition of her paintings and drawings at The Peacock Gallery, Earley – nestled inside Maiden Erlegh School. It runs until the end of the month.
For the Interpreting Terpsichore exhibition, Christine uses music and dance for inspiration, taking the movement and tones of very different creative activities and then translating them into two-dimensional paintings and drawings.
Although her work is figurative, each piece has a very different feel.
For example, using a limited palette the piece Rush Hour BC has dancers almost floating across the page. There are no straight lines, even the paper is torn at the edge to give a delicate fluidity to the work.
By comparison, the Scherzo series uses bold colours and confident images with dancers’ bodies feeling muscular and imposing.
“My art in this exhibition focuses on expressing, through varying degrees of abstraction, differing aspects of movement,” Christine says.
“Sculptor Henry Moore’s words resonate with me when he reminded us that ‘art is the expression of imagination, not the duplication of reality’.”
The opening night also included live music played by flamenco guitarist, Trevor King.
The exhibition runs until Thursday, March 26 at The Peacock Gallery in Maiden Erlegh School, Silverdale Road, Earley, RG6 7HS.
It is open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm weekdays and noon to 3pm on Saturdays.
For more details on The Peacock Gallery, click here to visit its website or call 0118 929 6065.
You can see more of Christine Holley’s work at her website.