Exhibition of Drawings at the Albany Gallery (15th January 2010 to 6th February 2010)

by Marcaeus Yates

It has truly been some time since I last stepped through the doors of this wonderful gallery, but in an instant I felt at home.

20 gallery artists have been given the opportunity to display their drawings for all to see & all are invited to vote for their favorite both online and at the gallery itself.  I certainly made my vote, but will not reveal for whom as I do not want to influence anyone’s selection as the work is varied and truly wonderful

Having only used drawing as a means to adding flesh to an idea or to be painted on canvas, I found myself in awe at what these artists have chosen to utilise as a main medium.

There were three artists though that truly reached out to my soul and here is a list of those that instantly grabbed my attention.

I am not familiar with all the mediums used to create these works, but I will mention where possible those mediums and techniques that I can.

Alun Mogan – Barn interior versions 1 & 2

The use of both lighting and shadow within these works were stunning.  This artist truly has a special eye for detail & despite the fact that the barn used is in desolation and disrepair, Alun Morgan had managed to breath life into both these works.

Farmer 6

Again the eye for detail as well as the passion that Alun possesses shows through in this work & seems to reach back to the advent of photography as it has an almost sepia like quality.

Ceri Aukland Davies – Dusk

This is a very well structured charcoal work & Ceri has used the medium extremely well through the entire cloudscape effected in this piece.

I always found charcoals extremely difficult to use, but Ceri has managed to create a scene that is smooth, serene and yet turbulent at the same time.

In effect Ceri has mastered this medium in a way that leaves others to shame.

Study for Shadow

Well what can I say about this work?

I was truly left breathless by this work which was again mastered in charcoal.

I felt the crash of every wave as well as felt the air of what the artist was looking to portray in this work.

Steve Alport – Storm Clouds over the Brecon Beacons

Another artist with a love and a master of charcoal.

I live very near to the Brecon Beacons and am very familiar with this scene in real life & all I can say is that Steve Alport has captured every detail there.

This was an intense work capturing everything that nature had to offer on the day the artist created the work.

His use of light and shadow is sublime and for me heralded as well as paid homage to the works of great artists long since past.

This is a venue I’d recommend all to visit if they have the opportunity as the works currently on display here are stunning to say the least.

After spending many hours looking at every piece held within the Albany Gallery, I found myself coming away with a thirst to see more as well as wanting to study these artists in more depth as I strongly felt there was much they could teach me about the spectacular techniques & mediums each had harnessed within their works.

Cerise Art Agency, London, 2010

Jean Francois Rauzier – dreaming through photography

I was lucky enough to visit the  recent exhibition at Watermans & Dodd in London where Jean-Francois Rauzier had his first exhibition in the UK.

Needless to say, I had formed an initial opinion and generated a considerable interest prior to seeing his works, but what I saw went beyond my imagination and expectations. The intricate details and pursuance clearly definite in his works are beyond any expectations of photographic mastership and undoubtedly represent only the tip of the genius iceberg of this artist with what it seems an infinite imagination.  Complicated yet clean, multilayered yet defined, his works are encyclopaedia of his knowledge, passions and ability as an accomplished photographer. His over 30 years of experience on the advertising field have everything to do with the meticulous execution of his hyperphotos and luckily have not affected his vision in typically marketing direction of the immediate attention grabbing shot.

Quite the opposite.

Jean Francois Rauzier’s works looks almost natural until you manage to concentrate on a fragment and turn your pre-conceptions upside down. Pebbles on a long beach, oh no, these are actually clocks; beautiful tree with a lake (is that a little girl over there?), block of flats in an entangled honeycombed building; an immense ‘no beginning-no end’ library… So, now are you seeing it? I mean really SEEING IT?

Jean Francois demands attention.

Going beyond the pixels per frame attitude of the modern photographers he uses up to 3,500 images per photo, yes, there is no typo here. Some of the pictures he exhibits actually contain up to 3,500 images and hold on to it – have size of about 30-40GB! The monolith works could spread over 50 metres and one could not possibly imagine the patience and surgical brilliance of matching and adding, resizing and collating the images together until a truly exceptional pieces emerge. But besides the pure technological accomplishment lies his vision of a fine artist, a modern day Rafael, Da Vinci or Titian who uses his mouse as a brush and his Mac as a canvas.

Once should feel privileged to be able to see in person the brilliance extraordinaire of this man. Jean Francaois Rauzier set a very high marker for comparison and a standard in its own rights.

Art review by Elena Todorova-Stanev, Cerise Art Agency 2010