Art - Sheila Marlborough
Sheila Marlborough was brought up and has lived all
her life in the Sussex Downs, and you can see it in her work.
You can also see that she has a bright, optimistic nature,
with a twist of mischief underneath. We have used two of her
paintings on our covers in the past and a third in this issue,
and they lend themselves perfectly to that space. Big, swirling
swathes of colour, more often than not in the contours of
the local hills, painted in watercolour and acrylics.
She is interesting in the art of her artwork. “I have
worked in the past from photographs, but even if I take the
photograph away, it tends to dictate the outcome of my work.
I prefer to let the painting do the painting. I start with
a couple of gestural marks on the canvas, and this leads to
something which creates a flicker in my mind. This might turn
into an imaginary landscape, or it might stay as an abstract
work.” Her paintings are rarely wholly abstract, but
they are never fully figurative, either. “They are balanced
between figuration and abstraction,’ she writes in her
artist statement, ‘until a faint breath of recognition
is felt. A memory, a place, a different time?’ Our favourite,
pictured right, is called ‘Turbulence’, a swirling
symphony of blues and greens which brings to mind rough sea
trips on Newhaven ferry. AG