Axle Arts is welcoming Lynne Cartlidge to showcase her artwork in March.
Her gentle still life and flower studies with their soft translucent colour and painterly brush strokes perfectly reflect our burgeoning signs of spring.
Cartlidge’s confident and supple mark-making is quietly abstracted with sensitive and often feathered line, revealing influences from Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy gleaned from her travels across China as a young graduate. As a result, her paintings appear to shimmer and vibrate, creating an almost dreamlike experience.
Form is deceptively strong in her work as she balances blocks of light and shape against her subject matter, offering us the comfort of rhythm and pattern as a contrast to the often fragile and elusive quality of organic matter. Cartlidge further reinforces this sense of mortality with strategic placement of hard, everyday objects such as a porcelain jug or a cup, some of which will outlive us all, against the impermanence of pomegranates, plums and hellebores.
Cartlidge was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2017. She is currently based in Wales.
Main image: Hellebores with a Teapot by Lynne Cartlidge, oil on linen