Ele Pack, 'Made of Air', mixed media on canvas
Ele Pack, 'Made of Air', mixed media on canvas

Made of Air – a Solo Exhibition by Ele Pack at & Gallery Edinburgh

Exhibition Reviews

Title:
Ele Pack - Made of Air

Dates:
5 Sep 2020 – 30 Sep 2020

Times:
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00 By appointment outwith these times.

Venue:
& Gallery
3 Dundas Street
Edinburgh
EH3 4QG
Ele Pack, 'Made of Air', exhibition view
Ele Pack, ‘Made of Air’, exhibition view

‘Ele’s paintings bring me joy each day. I’m taken out of the everyday into a less frantic world where rhythm, pattern and colour lift my spirit. They are imbued with peacefulness and connection.’ – Testimonial from art collector

Take a visit to & Gallery, Dundas Street Edinburgh this month to view a captivating collection of these dreamlike compositions, entitled Made of Air to offer a true sense of inner peace and calm. The artwork is complemented by floral displays of gypsophila (baby’s breath), and other white blossoming fronds (Flowers by Minty).

Ele Pack is based in Brighton, where this recent work has been inspired the ocean and the natural world. As she says, ‘I seek to make images that have a feeling of light and space, the landscape and the sea, without being a literal representation’.

Ele Pack, 'Ode to Blue', mixed media on canvas
‘Ode to Blue’, mixed media on canvas
Ele Pack, 'I Can See Clearly', mixed media on canvas
‘I Can See Clearly’, mixed media on canvas

It is for the viewer to study and observe these mixed media paintings to find a personal meaning. I Can See Clearly, with its apparent flurry of floating clouds and curving slices of blue, yellow and orange, perhaps hints at a grey misty day, a rain cloud, gentle waves on the beach. With an explosive burst of turquoise and faint figure-of-eight pattern, the title painting, Made of Air again reflects a nebulous swirl of sky and light, atmosphere and movement.

Ele Pack, 'Open Heart II', mixed media on canvas
‘Open Heart II’, mixed media on canvas

With bold blocks and interconnecting circles, Ele Pack uses her own distinctive abstract language of amorphous shapes within shimmering spaces. These speak more about emotion, sensibility and memory rather than a place in reality as expressed with such confident, colourful style in Verona. In Open Heart II, the series of curves and semi circles is akin to Rorschach inkblots with its repetitive pattern. Just like listening to instrumental music, the flowing fall and rise of notes, there’s a visual rhythmic dance here in its spatial composition.

Ele Pack, Verona, mixed media on canvas, in situ
Verona, mixed media on canvas, in situ
Ele Pack, 'Of Golden Air', mixed media on paper
‘Of Golden Air’, mixed media on paper

Works on paper too such as a simple but effective collage, Of Golden Air, with its torn scraps of paper and fabric, layer on layer with haphazard structure but so pleasing on the eye. Made of Air is a mesmerising showcase of cool, crafted abstract landscapes through time and space, which illustrates the richly imaginative artistic vision of Ele Pack.

 

Ele Pack painting at Belmond Cadogan, Oscar Wilde bedroom
Ele Pack painting at Belmond Cadogan, Oscar Wilde bedroom

In September 2018, Ele Pack was commissioned to paint 12 large-scale paintings for the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London to give a dynamic design to the bedrooms. Visit & Gallery soon to view Ele Pack’s stunning abstract compositions – you may be enticed to give your home a similar stylish décor of this boutique hotel.

A catalogue of the exhibition is available on request via the gallery’s website.

Image: ‘Made of Air’, mixed media on canvas

With thanks to Viv Devlin for this review.