AmericanBrits: Abstract Art Exhibition by Two American-British Artists
PR Log - Jan 02, 2013 - AmericanBrits: Art Exhibition by Two American-British Artists 14-19 January 2013, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Late nights Thursday/Friday until 20:00
American-born artists Rodney Beecher Roberts and Tina Mammoser team up for a two-man show of paintings, sharing their different takes on abstract art and how living in America then Britain has affected their creative viewpoints and painting approach.
Rodney Beecher Roberts is a 70 year old Californian-raised non-figurative action painter who began his art career in Los Angeles. He's lived and worked in Herefordshire for the past ten years, becoming a citizen in 2009. Tina Mammoser is a 42 year old Chicago-born artist who began painting in England. She lives and works in London, has been in the UK nearly 20 years but only became a UK citizen in August 2012.
Their American homes had differences in landscape and culture that has influenced how they each saw art, landscape and philosophy. Now both are artists creating work in the context of England's art scene, at a time when it's importance and influence is being felt worldwide.
Rodney's cultural environment led him through realism to a form of subconscious abstract art – combining forms and colours on an instinctive level. Tina's midwestern background, on the other hand, led to a highly simplified but structured approach to balancing colour and space to create near-landscapes.
This exhibition will include current and past work from both artists at Gallery 27 on the historic Cork Street, London, just behind the Royal Academy.
Tina Mammoser on an American aesthetic: "I've always said when people ask me, even before I got my citizenship in 2012, I always said I feel much more like a British artist because I learned to paint here, I started painting here, all my first paintings were British landscapes. I paint the English coast. My link to the American artists is purely aesthetic; I tend to find them by chance. So I saw a painting like Diebenkorn, then Barnett Newman and didn't know who they were, didn't know they were American but felt a connection to how they captured space. So I've found that just by chance often I really connect with an artist and they happen to have been from that American group and period. I think it's something about our landscape over there. It's so flat and vast and I paint the British landscape as if it's flat and vast."
Rodney Beecher Roberts on instinctive abstraction: "Unfortunately thought does creep as I'm painting and I hate that! It invariably makes me take the painting in a different direction than it wants to go, as they say. My subscious is trying to do something and my thought process gets in... no! Stop that! Anytime my intellectual gets in the way, I hate the painting two weeks after it's finished and I have to paint over it. It misses. If a painter or artist starts with the end in mind and can achieve that end, that's great. But that's not where I work from. I can't do that. And every time my thought process gets in the way it changes the painting and it doesn't work any more."