Tina Newlove
October 26, 2008 to November 29, 2008

To be face to face with one of Tina Newlove's paintings is to be confronted with beauty, spirituality, sorrow, and struggle. Newlove's images present intricate patterns of rich, often unusual, colours that in many cases are adorned with gold leaf, embroidery, or words, giving a richness and preciousness to the works. While the viewer is at first confronted with abstraction, hidden or protected within the vibrancy and movement of Newlove's paint handling are figures, connected by pain, abuse, and despair. Newlove's treatment of the figures, cushioning them in elaborate colours and forms, respects their vulnerability and imbues them with beauty. The viewer is enticed to love and protect the figures, as does the artist.