Deep Down, Natasha Barnes
“Natasha Barnes’ paintings generate such extraordinary emotions from simply looking at them. Being abstract, they look like boards splattered with paint. But take a minute, stand, look and imagine, and out comes a whole world you never saw before” Meghan Liebetrau, The South African
Natasha Barnes Solo Exhibition
Alpha Art, 52 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh
Exhibition running until March5
The Alpha Art Gallery in Stockbridge is proudly presenting the debut exhibition in Scotland by Natasha Barnes, who flew in for the Private View last week from her home in South Africa.
With a love of painting from childhood, she is self taught, first developing her talent with conventional watercolours before experimenting with the free-flowing freedom of abstract art. This showcase of paintings in Acrylic on paper, clearly demonstrate her wildly creative, expressionist landscapes, depicting a tangible sense of movement and light.
With titles such as “White Cliffs and Clouds,” “ Winter Horizon,” “Mustard Fields” and “ Water’s Edge”, they illustrate land and sea, curving shorelines, crashing waves, sky, sunshine, ice and snow. In particular, Natasha has a passion to capture the translucent ebb and flow of water.
There is an explosion of colour, texture and shape here, yet the colours are soft and subtle to depict peace and tranquility. The palette shifts between swirls of petrol blue and turquoise, shades of tobacco and coffee, a streak of dove grey and an occasional splash of coral.
Themes and subjects are inspired by her travels around the world from South Africa to Switzerland and Mauritius. It was on this island in the Indian Ocean where she saw fabulous water lilies in the Pampelnousse gardens – which led to her devoting a series to the tropical flower. The waterlily is a recurring icon which is fun to spot in her work. The view from her studio at home is of Sugar Cane fields, a constant reminder of nature and growth through the seasons.
Natasha exhibits regularly at International Art Fairs, as well as working on corporate and private commissions, artworks for Hollywood and TV, greeting cards, hotels, airport lounges and boardrooms. She is South Africa’s most published artist.
This exhibition runs from February 11 to March 5 so visit Alpha Art soon to see these stunning landscapes. Natasha Barnes is a truly visionary artist who exudes an energetic freshness and rich imagination to delight the eye and dazzle the senses.