A mixed media inspiration

Mixed Media Paintings by Naomi Munro, John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, until May 3If you ever imagined an artist's studio it probably was a delightful confusion of colour, brushes in pots, jugs of flowers, foliage and feathers, half completed sculptures and maquettes, and artefacts from around the world, all there to inspire the artist at work at the easel.

Mixed Media Paintings by Naomi Munro, John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, until May 3

If you ever imagined an artist's studio it probably was a delightful confusion of colour, brushes in pots, jugs of flowers, foliage and feathers, half completed sculptures and maquettes, and artefacts from around the world, all there to inspire the artist at work at the easel.

At Naomi Munro's first solo exhibition, at the John Russell Gallery by the waterfront in Ipswich, it is like walking into the artist's studio of your imagination. With titles such as Studio Scene it is clear to see how she was inspired by her working surroundings, and influenced by her artist and sculptor parents, and the work of masters such as Picasso and Matisse.

The large abstract paintings assault the senses in such a wonderful riot of colour, life and movement that you can almost smell the oil paint. The mixed media and collage still-life paintings, many painted in strong reds and vibrant oranges, have recurring motifs of tulips and peacock feathers. Although hard to choose a favourite, Peacock Background is particularly impressive.

Naomi Munro also shows a series of reclining nudes, each reminiscent of a Henry Moore statue. Painted in a similar pose, the voluptuous figure reclines with her arms behind her head, but each painting has a different interpretation. Reclining Nude is a swirl of lines and texture in shades of pink, yellow and orange, the figure on a white bed, set against a dark background. In Reclining Nude II, Reclining Nude III and Model Resting the same figures are shown against a background of geometric squares and stripes of pinks, blues, reds, yellows and purple.

It is an exciting exhibition which shows the great promise of an up-and-coming artist, currently still teaching fulltime. The John Russell Gallery say that, “This artists work is certain to reach great heights - make sure you keep her in your sights,” and they may well be right.

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Rachel Sloane

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