DAYNA COWPER (b. 1945)
Abstract oil on canvas
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Oil on canvas, laid on board
810mm x 810mm
830mm x 830mm
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A large, striking and vibrant contemporary abstract painting, executed with a confident hand with nimble and considered brush strokes
The work possesses a lovely interplay of colours and geometric qualities and is decorated with a profusion of lines and shapes and artist tools have been used to etch into the paint to give another dimension to this work.
The composition is bright and vibrant with primary and secondary colours of blues, reds, oranges, yellows, green and muted purple which have been painted thickly and overlapping onto the canvas.
Dayna Cowper style focuses on shapes, textures and colours and reflect the feeling of the landscape around her. This is good sized, really interesting bold piece, the more you look, the more your mind wanders to reflect on all the colours and unusual shapes - a great statement piece
DAYNA COWPER (b. 1945)
Born in Leeds Dayna has lived and worked in Nidderdale for 20 years. She had a studio in Glasshouses Mill for 13 years, but now works from home. Whilst at the mill she organised open exhibitions and exhibitions of work under the name ‘Art in the Clocktower’ as part of the Nidderdale Arts Festival
She has been a member of the Pateley Bridge Art Club for 20 years and now chair and co-ordinates the group. She spent a year, 1972/3, attending life drawing classes at Goldsmiths College, London, an Adult Diploma course at the Harrogate College of Art from 1975 to 1977 and Bradford College of Art from 1993 to 1996 where she gained a BA(hons) degree in Fine Art and Design.
Dayna became interested in abstraction/non-figurative art in the 1970’s at a time when John Berger’s book ‘Ways of Seeing’ and was influential in changing the way she looked and saw the world. Encouraged to experiment with painting, drawing and colour she was able to express more about a subject than had previously found possible.
The subject of her work is the physicality of paint and colour, how they work, what they do. Each new painting is a journey of discovery. When a shape of colour is put on the canvas and a second colour added they affect each other. Colour, texture, size and shape of colour, what happens at the edges of shapes of colour, quality of mark making, these are all considerations in her work.
The initial stimulus for her work is in response to the local environment and love of walking in the countryside. Paintings evoke the patterns and features of the landscape and are concerned with the physical experience of being in those landscapes where the senses are stimulated and impressions remain.