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Lilliane Gosling Paintings

Artist directory :: Lilliane Gosling Paintings

This is colourful, expressive art of the imagination, driven by mythical, ceremonial, and ritual themes. Recent paintings, generally acrylic on canvas.

Lilliane Gosling Paintings


Lilliane Gosling 
My paintings tend to take me by surprise. When they are going well, everything is satisfying and harmonious, the colours and forms seem to pick themselves. At other times it’s a battlefield. Attracted to myths and tales, I start a painting with only a loose idea of the finished work; a picture may take months (sometimes a couple of years) before it's complete. Living in many foreign places as a child, other cultures and ideas have strongly impressed me. I use painting to explore areas which I can't express verbally, and which often involve using metaphors for ideas/feelings which don't seem to be readily recognised within current society. Painting in acrylics allows inclusion of other materials, such as sand, earth, ground marble, hair, wool,...


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Seven Seas I have travelled since birth with my parents, coming from a mixed background, and have always been interested in the way new things are perceived from different angles.
Theyyam Theyyam ("God's Dance") is a multitude of ceremonial and religious performances from the Malabar coast of S India. While these are very inspirational, my paintings are a personal response rather than anthropological explorations. I continue to be fascinated by the whole ritual and its multi-faceted effect on the communities there, past and present. Linda Marshall the poet has written poems which are her personal response to the paintings, appended to the individual pictures.
Fairish Tales These aren't illustrations of fairy tales ... but nearly. I try to capture the mood I feel when I hear a particular tale. Sometimes a story is part of a series of fables from a particular culture, sometimes the same theme is found across the world. Occasionally it seems to stand alone; perhaps I just haven't yet come across parallels!
Lockdown wildlife Lockdown has been ongoing for so long now! I bought some Mungo soft pastels, and I've been trying them out. I've been drawn to our wildlife, and found some very old pictures from calenders which I've kept, possibly RSPB? They're small cutout pics and I based my pastels on them.
Passing Fancies Passing Fancies is back again! Brief exhibition of quick art I've been doing. Mostly, at the moment, life classes where the model poses for short periods, and we experiment with various media. The photos really don't capture the subtlety of the originals, but present a general impression.
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