Last night a friend held a private view evening of her work, to which I went. It was held in a Gallery in our little market town.
Denise Burden (go to www.deniseburden.com) is a painter and print-maker and her work on view last night showed just how diverse her output is and also just how much she has achieved in the past six months or so.
There is a vivacity in her print-making; she often includes words from poems in her pictures. One of her favourite poets is Cavafy and he features quite a lot.
It was a lively evening with a good crowd, a lot of interest in her work, and a huge amount of admiration for her output.
I couldn't resist buying a print and have left it with her for framing.
The print is called 'Octet' and shows eight musicians. One of the things I really admire is the movement she gets into things. These people in the picture are playing vigorously and by golly you can see that in her depiction of them.You can see that same movement in her business card which shows a guitarist - there is a sweeping
movement, a fluidity, which I admire so much.
I urge you, if you live in the area, to visit the exhibition, which is at Warlands Gallery in the Market Square. For those further afield, do go to her website and see what she has on offer.
Thanks Denise (and Alex, her husband, who is a great support) for a most interesting eveing.
The cow photograph is a brilliant rag rug she has made which looks so good hanging on the wall.