Susan Bleakley

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Colours advance and recede, surfaces rise and fall

It is easy to enjoy Susan Bleakley’s work simply as beautiful two-dimensional objects. However we see works ranging from intense sculptures, abstract glass moulding, a variety of contexts and contraction of colour. It seems that only an artist such as Bleakley can range so freely and so expertly, paring down colour and form in a way that releases a her own vibrancy onto the single plane.

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The large stretched linen canvases on show at CIRCLE gallery show Bleakley’s startling control, obsessive and breathtaking mark making of repeated forms, transmitting colour and light. You initially see the surface of the geometric form, but sustained looking reveals emergent, deeper patterns and movement, expanding and subtracting. Bleakley’s grid like abstractions capture a something of the day; the Cornish coast -land sea and sky allow her to explore endless variations, aesthetically similar to the great American abstract painters Agnes Martin and Josef Albers. Bleakley describes her paintings as hot rather than cool abstracts with sensations shaped by colour choices. Titles like Moving Away From The Pools Of Reflection and Breath In say it all.

Featured Artworks

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Susan Bleakley

There Here Already

oil on canvas

139 x 139 cm

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Susan Bleakley

Hummadruz

oil on canvas

150 x 150 cm

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Susan Bleakley

Moving Away From The Pools Of Reflection

oil on canvas

139 x 139 cm

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Susan Bleakley

Breath In

oil on canvas

139 x 139 cm

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