December sees my next solo exhibition, set in the beautiful Villa Paradiso in Beirut, Lebanon.
The show is hosted and curated by the wonderful Vanessa Clark of VC Art.
It is a show I am very excited about for several reasons.
In particular it is all new work on show including a series of works on paper, the Diptych Mono-prints based on Mythologies and Symbols,
a new sequence of “Mediterranean Light” Abstracts along with two of my Large Dance pieces which will be on display for the first time, in the Ballroom of this beautiful venue.
One of these “Tracing the Soul” is also the subject of a short film on its making by Roberta Arantes, which can be viewed on my website.
Some recent Dance Drawings complete the show and we will be there every day to greet visitors.
This also marks my first visit to this great city and I am really looking forward to it, particularly excited about the venue which is a stunningly restored architectural gem.
So come along if you can!
Below is the Invitation and the Press Release
DAVID COTTINGHAM: ‘Vision of Dualities’ Beirut: December 17 – 22, 2015 Beirut is set to witness a unique exploration of the works of a talented British artist, David Cottingham. “Visions of Dualities” will take place at Villa Paradiso in Gemmayze from the 17 to the 22 of December. This dynamic exhibition of new work reveals the harmony and duality of vibrant colour and intricate rhythm of lines. From mirror image diptychs to paintings and drawings that intermingle, each piece is a potent reflection that showcases movement, nature, patterns, light, life and mythology.
This marks VC Art’s second exhibition that showcases David Cottingham’s fresh style. The first was in London and it amassed significant acclaim. In fact VC Art has been behind many successful shows in Beirut, London and Dubai. VC Art represents promising international emerging artists and gives them the space and support they need to grow, develop and progress. Dedicated to making art enjoyable and accessible for all, this latest show celebrates the power of visuals. David Cottingham studied sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art in London with William Tucker, Phillip King RA and Sir Anthony Caro. After graduating, he worked with the figure before eventually returning to his first love: painting and drawing. It took a long time for Cottingham to develop his recognizable style and even now, his art is constantly evolving. This makes this exhibition especially captivating since it captures a turning point in his artistic growth.
Cottingham creates art that reflects the subject, the artist, the self and the viewer. These multi-layered reflections are inherent in his iconic Dance Drawings, in his signature Abstract Paintings and also in his Diptych mono prints. The Dance Drawings symbolise the “Dance of Life” that never ends while the Abstract Paintings are inspired by transient light on landscape in a way that captures light in mirrored areas and reflects it back to the viewer. The Diptychs are ! ! vibrant images that are linked by accident and designed to create an evocative duplicity. The Dance Drawings are a celebration of the movement of lines while the Abstracts exalt the movement of light. The Dance Drawings and Paintings are real-time studies of contemporary dancers while the Diptych works have figurative elements and can be viewed as cells of colour dividing, separating and also being pulled apart. This collection explores mythology and the beauty of the Mediterranean, making Beirut the ideal place for these artworks to be unveiled for the first time.
Two of Cottingham’s masterpieces which have never been exhibited before will also be on display. The large 220cm X 210cm Dance Paintings are stunning narratives of the body feeling imprisoned and almost mechanical in one instance and then liberated and exposed in the other. Bold lines painted in different colours express these fascinating physical states. They are his sculptures on canvas. And to make this exhibition even more special, a magical venue has been selected: Villa Paradiso. This beautiful villa in Gemmayze is a rare traditional Lebanese mansion from the early 20th century. The old walls will contrast with the bright colours of the artworks, making a striking statement and creating a complete experience. The history and nostalgic architectural charm of the villa is a subtle tribute to the duality of past and present. EXHIBITION DETAILS: Exhibition Dates: December 17th – 22nd, 2015 | 11AM – 6PM Preview Opening: December 17th, 2015 | 6PM – 9PM Gallery Location: Villa Paradiso Beirut | Mar Antonios Street | Gemmayze | Lebanon Presented by: Vanessa H Clark | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.vc-art.com |
VC Art is dedicated to bringing the art world closer to people. Focusing on contemporary art with a distinctive international twist, VC Art steers clear of the deja vu. VC Art is driven by its unique eye, the authenticity of the art itself and the impact the art has on the observer. Showcasing the work of young, up-and-coming artists, VC Art offers people something fresh and real. Pieces that are shaped by emotions and hence embody value and quality. VC Art firmly believes in the connection between the artist, the artwork and the viewer. This philosophy is at the heart of all of VC Art’s shows and forms the base of the selection, procurement and placement of work for private clients, architects and interior designers, the hospitality industry and corporations. ! ! The VC Art team is happy to provide quotes or interview on request: Vanessa H Clark Art Advisor / Founder email@example.com London: 07 801 999 300 Beirut: 03917378 Website: www.vc-art.com Facebook: VC ART Community Twitter: @VCArtCompany Instagram: VCARTCOMPANY