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66 ARTIST PROFILE Thelma Pott

Lotus Flower XIII, 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm

Thelma Pott

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hrough bold abstractions and experiments in colour, texture and application, Thelma Pott’s work is an ongoing investigation of spatial phenomenon in painting. By venturing beyond the physical boundaries of the canvas she seeks to treat metaphysical space as material, allowing the viewer a sensory experience which is both perceptual (the ‘sense’ of space) and intellectual (the ‘idea’ of space). The artist’s process sees her preparing colours by mixing different amounts of turpentine with the oil, varying the thickness of the paint layers which allows her to fade the colour into a multitude of shades and translucencies; creating diffused transmissions of light while respecting its changing spectrum in the composition. While some areas of the canvas are covered by solid

Lotus Flower I, 2018, fine oil pastels and waterproof drawing ink on paper, 34 x 24 cm

areas of colour, others are rubbed and scraped back with brush and spatula to reveal the presence of light underneath. Variations in colour and texture, gloss and matte, solid and stripes all play with the viewer’s perceptions, making it possible to experience the nuances offered by these pigments and to understand the specific light effects in the artwork. Based in London and Porto, Pott is currently represented by the Saatchi Gallery. Among other exhibitions, in autumn 2019 her work was exhibited in Cologne, Germany, as part of the Reclaim Award which sees artist’s work displayed on public billboards. Her next show in April will be group exhibition Co-Existence 7 at Rossocinabro Gallery in Rome, where she will also be exhibiting pieces from the series ‘Black Lake’ throughout May. thelmapott.com thelmapott@gmail.com

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