the MUSICIAN is the MUSIC
exhibition of paintings by Jane Williams
Artist in Residence Leamington Spa
3-10 May 2019
Leamington Music Festival
Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa
The paintings in this exhibition are aiming to integrate the figure of the musician and the abstract nature of the music using colour, shape and line.
Friday 3 May Opening night of the Festival and Exhibition
Tasmin Little, violinist, talking to Richard Phillips, Festival Director, opened the Festival and Exhibition before giving a wonderful performance that evening with brilliant Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.
Quartet play Mozart; Donald & Simone Get on Well; Brodsky in Action; E360 perform Brahms Piano Quintet all acrylic on canvas
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From L to R
BBC R3 Recording Contrabassoon; She'Koyokh Violin & Clarinet; Saxophone Conversation all acrylic on canvas
Quartet Immersed in their Music (acrylic on canvas)
Digital Originals (unless otherwise stated)
Saxaphone Rehearsing Cropper Pizzicvato Violin & Piano (sold) Stile Antico at St Mary
Solo Saxaphone (framed acrylic on paper) Avesta Saxophone Quartet Kosmos at Spa Centre
Morgan playing Memories of the Alhambra Roddy at Warwick Hall (sold) Raphael plays from a very old score (sold)
(framed acrylic on paper) Roza Bene Harpsichord
Friday evening 10 May a reception was held for the major sponsors of the Festival Presto Classical after theTakacs Quartet had performed
Jane's painting 'Ensemble 360 play Martinu Wind Sextet recorded by BBC R3' plus some drawings and pastels could be seen in the Leamington Art Gallery throughout the Music Festival until 9 June 2019
28 April - 2 May 2017
The Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa Leamington Music Festival Weekend.
Jane's paintings in this exhibition were a response to the performances held in the last two days of last year's May Festival. Every emotion was expressed in these two days from joyful exuberance (La Revue de Cuisine by Martinu) to extreme despair (Terezin Ghetto Requiem) via Schubert's Quintet D956 which seemed to encompass many emotions between these two extremes. The paintings about these three pieces of music are abstract, relying on the rhythms and mood of the music to create the composition.
La Revue de Cuisine
60x90cm acrylic on canvas
The studies (33x41cm acrylic on paper) which informed the composition were made whilst listening to the hugely joyful and fun music, were exhibited alongside the final painting.
Schubert Quintet D956
36 x 40cm acrylic on canvas
A terracotta head of Schubert by the sculptor/architect Bruce George owned by his daughter Vicky Airey was borrowed for the exhibition to be exhibited alongside the Schubert paintings. A loan of a book of wonderful drawings of Schubert added to the Schubert experience.
Terezin Ghetto Requiem by Sylvia Bodorova
This powerful work reflects the horrors of the Ghetto which incarcerated so many brilliant musicians, composers and writers. The first layers of paint evoke the colourful creative artistic culture which was then slowly obliterated as time when on. Photos were taken throughout the process of painting and exhibited alongside the finished canvas.
90 x 60cm acrylic on canvas
Stage 1 full of colour reflecting the vibrant culture and creativity of those imprisoned.
Stage 2 paint starts to suppress the creativity
Stage 3 vigorous painting over in dark colours echoing the Dies Irae that appeared in the Requiem all but crushing those incarcerated.
Stage 4 the lascerating final Libera Me is evoked by scratching into the surface of the paint, freedom perhaps is found as the souls are released into the air.
The figurative work was kept for large drawings
BBC Radio 3 Recording Doric String Quartet 85 x 100cm mixed media SOLD
O Duo Explosive Percussion 86 x 120cm mixed media
Allegro Prestissimo 70x105cm mixed media SOLD
Everyone came - including a tea party for children!