Natasha CONWAY

The Lost and Found

Natasha Conway’s paintings are born from a spontaneous and intuitive act devoid of any premeditation, surprising even the artist herself when the work is completed. Her small-size paintings are made of oil on linen or wood panel in line with pictorial tradition, however, although there is a technical continuity with the past, she shows on the contrary, a break with the figurative principles that ruled academic painting. Conway demonstrates an interest towards the language of abstraction and its emotional aspects, acting on the canvas with great virtuosity and vigour. The brushstroke is restless and fauve-like, as the painters of the French avant-garde of the early twentieth century. The artist makes her creative gesture free from any obsolete formalism by concentrating exclusively on her inner self, the subconscious emotion that emerges and unfolds among the vivid colours of the pictorial surface, becoming a theatre of feelings, a place where nonsensical passions are settled. Therefore, the knowledge of the world and its representation occurs through an impulsive and liberating act, the forces that rule reason are spontaneous on the canvas without any illustrative pretence.

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Author: valeriaceregini

Valeria Ceregini is an art historian, after earning a degree in Communication Sciences and in History of Contemporary Art, she continued her study attending Postgraduate School of Historical Artistic Heritage. She has been collaborated in artists’ archive projects. Besides, she writes critical texts for exhibitions’ catalogues as independent editorial and art curator. She regularly contributes with several contemporary art magazines. At present, she has been started to collaborate as curator with Pallas Projects/Studios for which she is realizing a series of critical texts.

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