13 Apr 2024

Gibson Fine Art

1 to 4 p.m., artist talk at 3 p.m. 

Friends and Fantasies I Have Known Opening

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Audrey Mabee's whimsical yet unexpectedly contemplative work is the culmination of a career spent experimenting with colour and delving into a world of memories and forgotten secrets.

With intent, Audrey Mabee's (Dip '60, Painting) pieces contain small, unanticipated twists with, almost always, some element ever so slightly off-kilter. A lively colour palette and appreciation for implied texture create an impression of lightheartedness juxtaposed with an unexpected, incredibly subtle melancholy undertone. 
Mabee's figurative paintings emanate from the artist's ever-evolving repertoire of creative experiences, developing mid-process rather than as concrete premeditated imagery. Influenced by great modern masters and consistently intrigued by negative space, Mabee selects subject matter and colour to spark elation and joy but also to inspire mindful examination.
Mabee's work, a fine balance between logical, geometric shapes and organic lines, invites the viewer to examine a full range of emotions and to consider an internal analysis of space, form and mood.