The Blue Group Exhibition

If you've got the January blues this month, we know of an exhibition you should go to.  The Blue Group Exhibition in Kingston offers a wonderful exploration of all the associations with this colour. You may even find out why the January Blues are blue.

Colour is at the heart of all art, bringing paintings, drawings and photographs to life. Each colour represents a different mood or symbolic reference, therefore it sits at the forefront of every artists mind when they are creating their artwork. 

The London Professional Artists Network launched a new exhibition in December that encompasses the idea that art can be inspired by colour. The ‘Blue Group Exhibition’ brings together six London-based artists to display their work, all based on one theme: the colour blue. The diverse styles and pieces created by each professional artist accurately show that although the colour blue provides a common theme, it can be expressed in a number of different ways. 

Traditionally blue is the colour of tranquility, cleanliness and loyalty. As nature’s colour for water and sky, we, as a society associate it with calmness and relaxation. But there are negative connotations with the colour blue, it can be cold, it can be sad. This exhibition explores all meanings of this significant colour. 

From a mixed media artist to a linocut printmaker, this exhibition explores a number of different mediums of art, celebrating the diverse talent that has emerged from the London Professional Artists Network. 

London based artist Vera Blagev has chosen to focus primarily on the colour blue for her piece ‘Floating Leaves Dancing In Spring Dawn’. The compilation of the different shades of blue is particularly effective, creating depth and texture in her painting. Blagey’s sporadic style paints a chaotic picture that brings the blue hues to life.

Using surrealism as inspiration for her work, Natasha Nejman makes a lasting impact with her colourful portrait, a ‘Blue Portrait Limited Edition Giclee Print’. Unlike Blagev, Nejman chooses to use only a few blue shades, with a dark blue at the forefront of her print. Although the dark blue holds connotations of sadness, the interjection of bright shades, including pink and yellow, draws out a happier feeling that makes for a much more positive representation of the colour blue.

This symbolic exhibition is on until the 14th of January at The Art Space in Kingston, Cass Art, 103 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1NW

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