'Absent Presence'

Exhibition of Paintings by Nicky Kruseman.
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Monday 16th January - Sunday 29th January 2017


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the artist Nicky Kruseman.


I have gathered shells over the years as mementos of family holidays. They have always appealed to me, those sensuous forms and secret chambers that once gave life and protection but are now empty, devoid of presence.


I have been drawn to painting these shells recently as they remind me of the passing of time, of an acute sense of emptiness, an absence of something that once existed. Some of the shells have been eroded over time by the power of the sea and have become another entity entirely, their emptiness exposed and exaggerated. Some have inadvertently become home to tiny pebbles and other detritus from the sea.


What began as a series of still life paintings and seascapes evolved into a deeper more personal exploration of a sense of absence. I have enlarged elements in the work, magnifying and simplifying their form.
To quote Georgia O'Keeffe 'It is only by deduction, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get to the real meaning of things'.

- Nicky Kruseman



Opening Reception: Thursday 19th January 7 - 9 pm


All Welcome!