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PROPHESY


AMANDA WILLIAMS LUCAS

H A S T E S L O W LY


We are resolved into the supreme air, We are made one with what we touch and see, With our heart’s blood each crimson sun is fair, With our young lives each spring-impassioned tree Flames into green, the wildest beasts that range The moor our kinsmen are, all life is one, and all is change. With beat of systole and of diastole One grand great life throbs through earth’s giant heart, And mighty waves of single Being roll From nerve-less germ to man, for we are part Of every rock and bird and beast and hill, One with the things that prey on us, and one with what we kill. And we two lovers shall not sit afar, Critics of nature, but the joyous sea Shall be our raiment, and the bearded star Shoot arrows at our pleasure! We shall be Part of the mighty universal whole, And through all Aeons mix and mingle with the Kosmic Soul! We shall be notes in that great Symphony Whose cadence circles through the rhythmic spheres, And all the live World’s throbbing heart shall be One with our heart, the stealthy creeping years Have lost their terrors now, we shall not die, The Universe itself shall be our Immortality!

Extracts from ‘Panthea’ by Oscar Wilde, 1890

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Prophesy is the title of this latest exhibition by Amanda Williams Lucas.   The pieces is in this exhibition range from archive quality digital prints taken from photographic images of transient light and form to ambitious large scale sprawling paintings, which demonstrate in minute detail the ubiquitous nature of her work   Formerly Amanda Williams Lucas is an abstract artist, but it is clear when immersing yourself that despite the compositional harmony of these highly complex pieces that aesthetic formality is neither the instigator of primary objective of her pursuit.   Williams Lucas is an artist who offers little in the way of verbal statement, she states: “Making work that attempts to express something that cannot be described in words is at the heart of my practice. I try not to mentally construct the paintings.  I like the idea of the freedom to paint without any intellectual dictate, but to try to allow the meaning to emerge from the work itself. The freedom of the ‘making’ is key.”   So you approach the work without precept or specific predefined concept. The experience of looking at one of her paintings is a personal revelation.   I would describe my own experience with the work as ethereal and transcendental.  I am reminded of ‘Pantheism’, which promotes the idea of interconnectivity between all, where ‘God’ is better understood as an abstract principle representing natural law, existence, and the Universe - the sum total of all that was, is and shall be. There is also an inescapable suggestion of ‘Mysticism’ where spiritual truth is attained through deep-rooted intuition or instinct. For me, the profound marriage of these components create shrines for meditation and contemplation of personal and cosmic balance and interdependence. As such one can attempt to attain a primitive yet prophetic understanding that may help in our comprehension of our place and of our destiny.

Joseph Clarke

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Shadows Fall I archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 37 x 22 cm 4


Shadows Fall II archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 42 x 24 cm 5


Shadows Fall III archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 30 x 40 cm 6


Shadows Fall IV archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 30 x 35 cm 7


Shadows Fall V archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 42 x 18 cm 8


Shadows Fall VI archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 41 x 26 cm 9


Shadows Fall VII archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 29 x 31 cm 10


Shadows Fall VIII archival inkjet print on archival fine art etch paper 41 x 28 cm 11


Equanimity oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm

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Penumbra oil on canvas 91 x 155 cm

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Omnis oil on canvas 91 x 155 cm

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Rise oil on canvas 155 x 155 cm

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Sibyl oil on canvas 155 x 240 cm

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Oracle oil on canvas 155 x 240 cm

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Constantly think of the Universe as one living creature, embracing one being and one soul; how all is absorbed into the one consciousness of this living creature; how it compasses all things with a single purpose, and how all things work together to cause all that comes to pass, and their wonderful web and texture.

Marcus Aurelius, 170 A.D.

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Selected CV 1968 Born in Aberystwyth, Wales Lives and works in Cornwall Education

Selected Group Exhibitions Continued

1998-03 Falmouth College of Art 1992-94 Falmouth College of Art 1989-91 Wrexham College of Art 2005 Elected member of Newlyn Society of Artists Lecturing part time at University College Falmouth

2002 2001 2000 1999 1998

Solo Exhibitions 2009 2008 2007 2005 2001

Prophesy, Millennium, St. Ives Cadogan, London Lemon Street Gallery, Truro Lemon Street Gallery, Truro Museum of Modern Art, Wales

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Works from the South West, Beardsmore Gallery, London Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Works on Paper, Stages Gallery, Wales Open Studios, Islington Wharf, Cornwall Christmas Exhibition, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London Christmas Exhibition, South West Academy, Exeter Royal West of England Academy, Bristol The Print Exhibition, Stages Gallery, Wales Macro Micro, Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall The Blockhouse Gallery, Cornwall Six of the Best, The Blockhouse Gallery, Cornwall The Royal West of England, Bristol Mall Galleries, London

Selected Group Exhibitions 2009 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington Mixed Winter, Millennium, St. Ives Mixed Winter, Goldfish, Penzance Mixed Summer Show, Goldfish, Penzance Newlyn Society of Artists, Summer Show, Goldfish London Art Fair, Islington, London Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall New Members, Newlyn Art Gallery Critic’s Choice, NSA, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Christmas Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall London Art Fair, Islington, London Christmas Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Hunting Art Prize, Selected Show, Trebah Gardens, Cornwall Christmas Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Easter Exhibition, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Summer Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall Works on Paper, Islington Wharf, Cornwall

Publications Prophesy: Amanda Williams Lucas Catalogue 2009 Correspondences: Amanda Williams Lucas Catalogue 2007 Newlyn Society of Artists: Summer Show Catalogue 2006 Amanda Williams Lucas: Exhibition Catalogue 2005 South West Academy Catalogue 2000 Cornwall Today Collections Private collections in Europe and Canada


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Amanda Williams Lucas 'Prophesy'