Lilliane Gosling PaintingsArtist 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.
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,...
| ||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 ("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.|
| ||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!
| ||Fascinated by the history of Iznik tiles and painting, I developed a series of small paintings and used the Turkish designs to develop the decorative schemes.
BlogExhibition at Brass Marketing AgencyMy new exhibition opened in Brass Marketing Agency, on 25th September. Thanks so much to Liz for helping me with putting up the paintings! It's up for six weeks; 16 paintings.
Heads I win
I wanted to paint Judith with the head of Holofernes for some time. I became engrossed with the history behind the Book of Judith, which led to further curiosity about the Bible, Yahweh et al.
Where do the ideas come from?
The other day someone asked me how I got my ideas. This is about the creation of one painting.
I don’t know if other artists go through the same process. I suppose it must depend on the subject matter, though the formal aspects (application of pigments, consideration of structure, tonal qualities etc) must be universal.
Ancient Ritual, Ancient Tales; exhibition
New exhibition with paintings from the Theyyam and Seven Seas series
How to take a professional art photograph
Tony May explains how he photographs my paintings for prints