Brigitte Anne Hague

COLOURSCAPE – A solo exhibition of works by Brigitte Anne Hague
Opening night Friday 1st September 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Exhibition continues until 23rd of September.

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most…” John Ruskin

There is something very honest about the love of colour. With an innocence and openness refined through years of enquiry, Brigitte Hague cites the work of Albert Irvin and Howard Hodgkin as key influences. Her distinctive screen prints are the culmination of an inner journey in colour. A mature artist, her life has been tinged with the experience of loss and family illness.

Hague’s focus and escape is a meditative, emotive journey through colour and expression.

An accomplished screen-printer, Hague chooses the onerous technique of the monoprint. Her original prints are one-offs, a storyboard of subconscious thought and actions that come together to make each piece unique.

Bold, linear shapes are combined with expressive gestural configurations that form swathes of colour with a vibrance reminiscent of exotic flowerbeds. The colourscapes exude a flamboyance and energy. Stare a while and you will also see a fragility where the delicate translucent shapes appear to overlap and fade into the distance. Lively and demanding of one’s attention, on closer inspection they also give away notions of a sensory quietness.

Subtle changes in Hague’s more recent works show a honing in and a bold ability to eliminate elements that are on the periphery of her language. I detect a pre-occupation and search for a singular expression and meaningful clarity. There is an ‘Op’ art inclusion, a doubling of mark making that resonates with the eye and gives off a vibrato movement of the traces made. They resonate like tunes waiting to be played. Colour and expression is so connected to emotion. The works in this exhibition are a snapshot of the artist she
is today…

The prints exude the primal sensuality of Matisse’s palette and the meticulous geometry of Bridget Riley. They are often punctuated by a single line, rhythmically curvacious, cutting through the shapes and gestural marks overlaid behind, or is it in front? The viewer must enter into a metaphorical passage that leads you through the colour, beyond the linear and gestural arrangements and back again.

The radiant forms and multiple layers give an illusion of depth and a sense of entering into the unknown, of walking through a fleeting vision, an expression enveloped in time…
SUSAN GUNN 2017

Brigitte Anne Hague  CV

BA (Hons) Fine Art – Norwich School of Art and Design (now NUA)

Established own printmaking & painting studio 2005

Member of Norwich 20 Group, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, & Norwich Print Fair.

Work held in both corporate and private collections in Australia, France, Malaysia, Sweden and UK. Work also held in academic collections, including California State University, USA, and Asagaya College of Arts, Tokyo.

Education, Research & Residencies

NUCA – BA (Hons) Fine Art 2005

Exploring mixed media in printmaking, Wales June 11

Residency with Ron Pokrasso (master printer), Santa Fe, USA Nov 09

Research workshop, Ostersund, Sweden – by invitation Sept 08

Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence May 08

Research and new series of work – St Barnabus Press, Cambridge. Spring 06

Research residency at Grafikens Hus, Sweden – by invitation. Jan 06

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