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@ Home with The Rugby Collection 2020

A new artwork will be hung in the @ Home Gallery each week

Simon Burton, Bird in a box, 2011, Oil on board, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council, presented by the artist with assistance from the artist Robert Priseman (2013) ©Simon Burton

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Simon Burton (b. 1973) layers his work both physically and subjectively with prominent art historical references. His subjects inhabit liminal spaces that exist somewhere between realism and abstraction, the past and the present. His exploration of painting as a medium interrogates the use of colour, light and texture. What could this lone silhouette of a bird on a bold yet hazy background have meant when the artist painted it? And what does it mean now?

Perhaps it hints at this new realm of freedom we have to try new things with our enforced down time within our own boxes. Have you heard more birds with less noise pollution? Spring is coming and wildlife is adapting as we are too. A prominent time to pay attention to our surroundings and our senses and like Burton, think about what they may mean.

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Linda Ingham, Easter Self Portrait with Narcissi, 2011, Oil, jet and silverpoint on handmade paper, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council, Presented by the artist with assistance from the artist Robert Priseman (2013) © Linda Ingham 

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Ingham (b.1964) has been a recipient for many awards from Arts Council England and her work has been collected in art museums across the UK and United States. Working with predominantly portraiture, especially self portraiture, Ingham comments ‘’perhaps, as an only child, who often had to entertain herself, the self-portrait has been most consistently prevalent throughout my practice.”

In response to this painting and during a time where we are all entertaining ourselves and our families at home it’s good to have an excuse to get dressed up whilst staying at home. Lets take inspiration from the Easter Self Portrait, get dressed up and focus on enjoying the day. Will you be doing anything differently this year for Easter?

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