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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Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian, independent curator and art writer currently based between Turin (IT) and Dublin (IE). She completed her MA in Semiotics at the University of Turin and in History of Contemporary Art cum laude at the University of Genoa. She continued her studies in Art History attending the Postgraduate School of Historical Artistic Heritage at the University of Genoa. Since 2015 she is a regular contributor of such as international contemporary art magazines. She collaborates as independent curator with several cultural institutions and contemporary art galleries in Turin and, from 2017, in Dublin. In October 2017, she was invited as curator-in-residence by SEA Foundation (Tilburg, NL) for an exhibition project intended as the first episode of a traveling exhibition project on abstract painting which will encompass several international exhibitions across and will involve abstract artists coming from different countries. View all posts by valeriaceregini