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Frances Conway-Seymour - February/March/April 2011

Frances Conway Seymour

FOREWORD

Last summer I saw Frances' paintings for the first time and straightaway I knew I wanted to show them in the Vitreum. I knew that here was an important collection which demonstrated a passion and commitment to art, experience and expression: a body of work with connections to a number of artists and movements from Matisse to Rauschenberg and German Expressionism. I looked at works from the 1960's and was reminded of the power of painting that allows one to protest and be a voice of dissent against the sinister power of the State. On the other hand I saw work which was poetic and highly personal, both styles seemed to complement each other. The exhibition concluded with a series of uplifting and energetic large scale paintings which again demonstrated a lyrical quality. I left the exhibition with a renewed sense of what art can achieve.

This exhibition is a tribute to the strength of the artist. I admire how Frances moved to Liverpool in her seventies and opened the excellent gallery: The Lark Lane Atelier. It has been a pleasure to organise this show with Frances' family and I would like to thank them for their support.
I look at these wonderfully crafted paintings with their expressive use of colour and mark-making, the elegant and economical use of line and again I want to look & keep seeing.

Mick Gill
Director of Art
The Vitreum

Retrospective pays tribute to Lark Lane Artist (LDP Feb 2011)

Artwork comes to town (CH Feb 2011)

Matta Hari... Oil & mixed media on board

Outside The Walls Of Marakech  Oil

Doreen Doreen  Oil on canvas

Elizabeth Willow Into Bird Oil on canvas