Gail De Cordova

Gail De Cordova

When I paint these pictures I am aware of the materiality of them; the paint, the paper, colours, textures. They come intuitively and instinctively from within. A process of letting go and opening up.Then come all the decisions about how to get the thing right. Many layers and many changes, much work over lengths of time. Sometimes a slow and gentle building of surfaces, patiently piecing fragments together, sometimes vehemently tearing away. They carry weight and light, surface texture and illusion, a reverence for the elements, the force and the form of nature, a world of contrasts and tensions; images of time and space. What becomes evident later is that somehow contained within these pictures is the ‘spirit’ or ‘essence’ of a place or experience. The tissue paper in particular seems, by it’s rich surface texture and movement contrasting with its diaphanous and ethereal effect, to contain elements of flesh and spirit.

 

Author: Gail De Cordova

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Gail lives and works as a painter in Cambridge (UK). She achieved a first class BA (hons) degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design in 1981, after which she lived in Madrid for a year. She has been painting all her life! She has spent a lot of time in Andalusia (where her ancestors came from) and also, Italy and France. She has had solo shows both locally and in London, Scandinavia and Spain.