Winifred Belmont – Local Artist

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How did you first become interested in painting?
I’ve been interested in painting, drawing and generally making things for as long as I can remember.

I was lucky enough to have a mother who always encouraged me to paint and draw and an excellent art teacher all through high school. I really can’t say why; it’s simply part of my life. I like to spend at least some time each day painting, even if it’s only 30 minutes. I find it quite meditative and a good way to unwind after a day’s work.

What materials do you prefer to work with?

For painting, I prefer to work with acrylics. Once I’ve drawn up the painting, I apply up to 12 coats of paint. I have to keep each coat thin to attain a nice sharp line. Acrylics dry fast, and I like the intensity of the colours. It’s also much easier to clean the brushes.

Why do you exhibit at Gallery 126?

This is my third exhibition at Gallery 126. It’s a great space. Armidale is fortunate to have Gallery 126. Stuart and Anne run it with such professionalism, that it’s helping to raise Armidale’s profile in the contemporary art world. There are many good artists in Armidale and New England, and we all value Gallery 126 as an exhibition venue.

What does your exhibition consist of?

There are two series of paintings. One series is based on a small black and white painting by Kazimir Malevich. I’ve exploded this idea and created grid patterns in black and a range of other colours. Most of the works in this series are relatively small. They can be hung individually, or two or more can be hung together to create different colour interactions.

The other series is inspired by a work by François Morellet. In 1969, he used the numbers in the Paris phone book to determine the colours in a grid, using one colour for odd numbers and another for even numbers.

I throw a die or a pair of dice to determine the colours. Sometimes I use two colours; sometimes I use three. I’m particularly interested in the patterns that are created and how the colours interact with each other. I hope the paintings provide visual and intellectual pleasure.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From other artists, ancient, modern and contemporary, and from all the structures, colours and patterns I see every day.

Artists who inspire you?

Obviously I’m inspired by Malevich and Morellet, but also by artists such as Klee, Mondrian, Bridget Riley and many contemporary artists who are also fascinated by colours and patterns.

Exhibition dates?

The opening is on Friday 11 March between 5pm and 7pm, and the exhibition runs until Thursday 21 April, so people have lots of time to catch it.

Thank you Winifred.


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