20th April - 13th May 2007
Young Merseyside artist Victoria Hepworth (who produces her paintings
in her mum's garage!), is staging her first solo exhibiiton - composed
of all new work dating back only six months - at the acclaimed Almiro
Gallery in Waterloo.
Her subject matters are predominantly landscapes, seascapes and waterscapes.
The mediums she uses to create what are - in most cases - fascinating
abstractions, are acrylics with acrylic mediums, watercolours, gouache
Victoria, who is a prolific painter, is strongly inspired in her work
by her emotions - she describes herself as a very emotional person - whether
of anger, frustration or elation.
One interesting aspect of her work is that viewers are welcome to touch
her paintings. Maybe by doing this they feel, literally and figratively,
a closer affinity with her creations.
'Truth Be Known' and 'Rollercoaster' complement each other, with both
paintings composed of predominantly detailed red and white components.
They have, as is the case with some of her other work, an influence in
them of the abstract expressionist maestro Jackson Pollock, with dense
drip and splash effects.
Victoria also creates simpler compositions, for instance, 'Cake'. Initially
it was going to be a complex piece but instead she decided to keep it
Her fiery emotions are fully expressed in 'Rush'. After starting to compose
it, she decided to leave it for a couple of weeks. Following a break-up
of a personal relationship she returned to it, and in her words, "..attacked
it", in finishing the composition.
'Forest' is suffused with many patterns of various green patterns, and
'Earthy Effects' reminded me of deserts.
Probably one of the most impressive pieces on show, in an outstanding
exhibiiton, is 'Waterfall', composed of many rich and colourful textures.