We are very pleased to welcome local artist Kim Cody to the Riverside Cafe Gallery with an exhibition of her latest abstract works concerned with LINE, LIGHT and COLOUR. Kim’s paintings use lines, shapes, tones, textures and colours to capture an emotional rather than figurative response to the landscapes that inspire her work. We caught up with Kim to find out a little more about her and her practice.
What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?
At the moment I am working on combining drawing and painting techniques and even adding texture to my paintings. Almost all my ideas in the past eighteen years have been taken from the landscape, the time of day/year and the weather.
What medium do you use in your practice and why?
I often work out in the landscape using watercolour to make small sketches. It is a quick technique and easily captures the atmosphere and colour of my subjects. Back in the studio I develop these ideas and impressions as oil, acrylic or mixed media paintings or charcoal drawings. I consider drawing to be an important part of the process.
What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?
It is the ever changing nature of the landscape which motivates me to try and capture the sensation of shadows, lines and light which appear and disappear in an instant. At the age of six I was given a beautiful watercolour paintbox with solid colours in little pans. My parents were keen amateur naturalists and they encouraged me to paint and draw and enter competitions. They also took me aged eight to see Turner’s paintings. I loved his sketch books and was fascinated by his palette which I longed to touch but it was in a glass cabinet.
If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?
My favourite piece of work is a large oil painting titled “Fragmented Light.” It came closest to what I was trying to achieve at the time. It is one of only two paintings I ever wanted to keep for myself but it is on the other side of the world now in New Zealand.
If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is having the courage back in 2002 to give up my “day job” as a full time art teacher and move to France to concentrate solely on my own work.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
It is a toss-up between my kettle and my tatty old box of charcoal.
Where is your favourite place to see art?
I think it is the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur which houses a wonderful collection of Impressionist paintings in a very serene setting.
See more or Kim’s work at: www.kimcody.com
LINE, LIGHT and COLOUR can be seen in the Riverside Café Gallery from 30th March – 25th April 2019 with work available to purchase via the Box Office.