New work at New Heritage Gallery

Healey, Michael (2004) New work at New Heritage Gallery. In: New Heritage Gallery, Bermuda Hamilton, 8-23 Apr 2004, Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Abstract

This solo exhibition of recent paintings was through invitation by the New Heritage Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda. The Directors selected artists who had already previously shown in galleries in Europe and North America. This work extended longer term research themes in experimental depictions of variant light conditions in Southern and Northern hemispheres. Many new exploratory visual experiments were tested through an extensive iterative process, a selection of works being selected by the gallery selection panel. This research focus emerges largely from Healey’s experience of dual nationality (Anglo/Brazilian) and in particular the cultural impact of differing qualities of available light in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Healey investigated this impact as exemplified in the work of several of the Scottish Colourists following their work in the Hebrides and then Southern Europe. (Peploe, Cadell, Hunter and Ferguson and the works of Bilcliffe and Hewlitt) The rationale and research questions underpinning the project were essentially that visual research methods undertaken in the Hebrides, with new exploratory visual experiments undertaken on Iona, could be extended and adapted to specific atmospheric conditions in Bermuda. While primary focii included the increased saturation of light and colour, the issues of place and identity were additional visual and intellectual questions, together with Healey’s long standing interests in art practice as generative of theory and the investigation and development of theory as a form of practice. A catalogue was published and the Opening was attended by a number of VIPs, including the Islands' Governor and Cherie Blair. Press reviews included ‘Bermuda seen through Scottish Eyes’, The Royal Gazette 01.12.06 published by The Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd. There was also a radio interview. One work is now held within a permanent public collection “The Collection” in Bermuda (Patron HRH Prince of Wales).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information:This solo exhibition of recent paintings was through invitation by the New Heritage Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda. The Directors selected artists who had already previously shown in galleries in Europe and North America. This work extended longer term research themes in experimental depictions of variant light conditions in Southern and Northern hemispheres. Many new exploratory visual experiments were tested through an extensive iterative process, a selection of works being selected by the gallery selection panel. This research focus emerges largely from Healey’s experience of dual nationality (Anglo/Brazilian) and in particular the cultural impact of differing qualities of available light in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Healey investigated this impact as exemplified in the work of several of the Scottish Colourists following their work in the Hebrides and then Southern Europe. (Peploe, Cadell, Hunter and Ferguson and the works of Bilcliffe and Hewlitt) The rationale and research questions underpinning the project were essentially that visual research methods undertaken in the Hebrides, with new exploratory visual experiments undertaken on Iona, could be extended and adapted to specific atmospheric conditions in Bermuda. While primary focii included the increased saturation of light and colour, the issues of place and identity were additional visual and intellectual questions, together with Healey’s long standing interests in art practice as generative of theory and the investigation and development of theory as a form of practice. A catalogue was published and the Opening was attended by a number of VIPs, including the Islands' Governor and Cherie Blair. Press reviews included ‘Bermuda seen through Scottish Eyes’, The Royal Gazette 01.12.06 published by The Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd. There was also a radio interview. One work is now held within a permanent public collection “The Collection” in Bermuda (Patron HRH Prince of Wales).
Keywords:Painting, Paintings, Exhibition
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W120 Painting
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1089
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:31 Aug 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:16

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