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"New ArtWorks by Roger Cummiskey and Bettina Eriksen"
2006-01-21 until 2006-02-27
Galeria LUCIA in Fuengirola presents New ArtWorks, an exhibition of recent paintings by Roger Cummiskey and Bettina Eriksen,
on view January 21 through February 27, 2006. Cummiskey's new work continues his interpretations into the writings and wanderings of James Joyce. In New ArtWorks , however, the artist articulates a search for an individual's identity stressing difference, solitude, and isolation through the depiction of figures and poetic interpretations from which he will read a few of the poems at the inauguration as well as explaining the background to his interpretations. He is a recognised Joycean scholar.
Roger Cummiskey's use of drawing and painting on paper in watercolour is considered by many to be masterful. He "employs delicate lines that seem to touch the surface – just long enough to form the silhouette, record a bodily gesture, or suggest an emotional expression." Neutral pigments become the backgrounds for such depictions, allowing the characters and the relationship that is established between them to suggest that the situation is actually a platform to reflect on the realities of sameness and difference, through non-narrative moments void of spatial context. Earth elements reappear throughout his oeuvre in the form of objects, backgrounds, clothing or lack of it, insinuating the basic instincts of the Authors in their writings. In the words of the artist, "Sometimes the imaginary doubles as an ideal companion to the reading/re-reading of all or part of the Authors' works in a modern day setting."
Bettina Eriksen's paintings use a celebration of colour that evokes the emotion of the Tango and the sensuality of the dance with her loose employment of reds, yellows and blacks that make her paintings instantly recognisable and individualistic, full of movement and desire.
Bettina and Roger are members of the Andalusian International Artists Group (www.aia-group.net), formed just over a year ago to assist Artists from diverse backgrounds around Europe and residing in the Provence of Andalucía either permanently or temporarily in the promotion of their artistic careers, to enhance the knowledge and skill that will assist them in their careers as Artists, to promote best standards as Artists between people from diverse backgrounds and to help them to seek out opportunities for exhibiting their works. Each of the artists involved has been successful in their own fields and countries and therefore is expected to be able to make a vital contribution to the group as a whole and play an integral role in its future. "We are extremely proud of our progress to date" says founding member Roger Cummiskey, "all of the artists work on behalf of the group on a voluntary basis, giving up their valuable free time to the benefit of the whole group. The spirit of co-operation is without doubt the best aspect of our small organization and will ensure that we continue for a very long time".
The AIA-Group is always on the look out for new and exiting exhibition places.
Roger Cummiskey in one the original absolutearts.com Premiere Portfolio members, active since 2000. View more of his work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/a/artroger/
Joyce the Pluralist , 2005
24 x 18 X 1 inches
Price: US$ 1050
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