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“Colour is my passion, it is how I communicate how I feel, it is how I understand all my hopes, joys, disappointments and experiences. I paint my emotions through oil and talk to you in colour and texture; like musical notes, my order has intended meaning. By being raw in my practice and approaching the canvas with purity of intention and fearless innocence, I hope to say something honest, something original, something current, something real.”
This is an interview with artist Eloise Govier, exhibitor at Barcelona Showcase 27th April 2013 at Gaudi’s Casa Batlló.
Hi Eloise, GAA Curators love your work, it’s very vibrant, colourful and edgy contemporary with a fascinating use of techniques. Congratulations to you once again on being selected exhibiting at Gaudi’s Casa Batlló with Barcelona Showcase 2013.
Could you tell us about some of your work?
I paint tactile canvases – rich in texture and movement – that exude
bright colours and challenging contrasts, I feel a real affinity with the
Expressionist movement. Stylistically I consider myself the bastard child
of Yayoi Kusama and Grayson Perry, Francis Bacon is my Uncle and theres a faded family photo of Munch in the hall way.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Rest in reason but move in passion’ is a good motivator.
What’s your favorite artwork, and why?
I love a lot of things, but always go back to Jawelensky’s portrait of
Alexander Sacharoff. Its iconic, its immediate and it uses one of my
favourite colour combinsations (Red and Turquoise). It also plays with
notions of gender, and the way the subject confronts the viewer is
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
Gosh. I spent my early days living in the Nicholas Treadwell Art Gallery at Dennhill when my father was an Artist with the Gallery. I was
surrounded by the challenging artworks the Superhumanists were
creating; that world was my playground and those artists were my friends. So think Alice in Wonderland, down the rabbit hole, thats me at the age of four.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
A Collector once told me I was like the famous Welsh painter Sir Kyffin
Williams on Prozac. I have also had a couple of journalists tell me they
want to eat my paintings, I think its something to do with the colours
and the thick swathes of candy-coloured, glistening paint – the paintings
create a synesthetic reaction in people.
Name three artists that you most admire, and why?
a. Yayoi Kusama hands down. She creates other-worldly experiences that resonate with all. She opened the floodgates of her imagination without fear and works as best she can within that framework. She is simultaneously brave and fragile. She’s axis-bending for me.
b. I really enjoyed Janet Cardiff’s 40 Part Motet at the Baltic in Newcastle, the piece was very majestic and moving especially in such a large, neutral-appearing space. I like the way she toys with the relationships between persons and things.
c. I am also fascinated by Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle and the fact
that the man brings his athleticism into his practice. In terms of artist’s you don’t usually see people with such a healthy approach to their own lives. Artist’s are usually all in black, smoking profusely and looking melancholic in the corner.
What does art mean to you?
Art is a contested area, it causes people to feel potent emotions and express extreme opinions and yet – generally – no one gets hurt in the process. Its exhilarating to practice as when you are doing it well you are drawing battle on the frontier of what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable, and sometimes – if you push hard enough – you redefine all that has been before. There is potentially a tremendous amount of power in the actions of an artist, and yes thats fun to play with, but it is a necessary part of out culture to have these voices observing and yelling, it helps keep things on track and – crucially – makes people remember to question.
What would you like to say to Barcelona Showcase visitors, why do they have to come and see your works?
Welcome Friends! Meet me at Casa Batló!
Eloise Govier will be one of 170 selected exhibitors that will be showing her stunning works at Barcelona Showcase 2013 on Saturday 27th April at Casa Batlló – a key feature in the architecture of modernist Barcelona, built by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 – Located Passeig de Gràcia, 43 – 08007 Barcelona.
For more information about the exhibition and opening times please visit www.barcelonashowcase.com