Artist Profile - Plum Neasmith
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Based in Cheltenham, Plum has recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Painting & Drawing from the University of Gloucestershire. As an undergraduate she won the prestigious Grant Thornton Travel Award and travelled to Chicago. Her striking paintings on panel demonstrate her unique style of representing real places in a subtle, layered manner verging on abstraction. Using photography as a starting point, she looks for composition, form and juxtaposition of colour. Additional influences are the written word: both the form of letters and their meaning. She says of her work: “Work is often a delicate balance between chance and control. One aim is to disguise in an appearance where things are hidden beneath the surface both physically and metaphorically.”
“Painting for me provides the means to say things, which other forms of communication cannot. It has enabled me to express feeling that I never knew existed or perhaps had an awareness of but was unable to articulate.A language has developed based on specific personal photos that are chosen for their colour, form, composition and the feelings engendered. An individual image evolves into a series of work, which provide the possibility of engaging in a conversation about an idea but one that is not necessarily specific in any one of them. It is a starting point, a way of beginning but not necessarily ending as each painting reveals itself slowly, through feelings evoked by the materials and processes involved.”