An exhibition showcasing the works of
Guy Thesen and Sue Martin
1 – 29 September 2021
Spring is the season when nature bursts back into life in an explosion of sight,
sound and colour, symbolizing renewal, rejuvenation, rebirth and new beginnings.
We are lured by ephemeral new growth both as a symbol of renewal and love and as a reminder of our temporality.
Thesen’s theme is inspired by the word love. “Each image has both a bird, which represents ‘love’ and a fish, which symbolizes negative elements. The human form is caught in between these two powerful conflicting emotional forces symbolized by the shapes and colours.”
Martin’s African Garden theme evolved after the death of her mother, who’s passion was her garden. “Mum’s exotics were borrowed from the European garden whereas my wild, unruly indigenous garden I leave to self-seed and regenerate as the seasons come and go. Like a garden I need light. It has to shine out of my art. Love brings light.”
Thesen’s reduction woodcuts are carved with accurate precision and complemented with
the use of just two vibrant colours per print – creating images that are beautiful in their clarity and simplicity.
When creating monoprints, Martin adeptly manipulates water colours on her plate inducing them to ebb, flow, mingle and finally settle into breathtaking impressionistic renderings of flowers.