Today (August 27) is the last chance to see Dreamed Revisions, a joint exhibition of works by artists Fiona Stewart and Shaun Caton at Pie Factory Margate.
Fiona Stewart presents fine art prints and oil paintings steeped in storytelling traditions. Shaped by memory, imagination and literature her imagery is rich in social commentary and personal mythology. Her prints and paintings are worked on intuitively and directly, making revisions until a fulfilling image emerges.
When printmaking she keeps her editions small, often revising a print by the addition of coloured inks, chine-colle’, collage or hand colouring to produce further unique works. Producing prints in sequence creates an expressive and thematically dreamlike, often grotesque charm that invites the viewer to interpret their own narrative.
Fiona studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was the recipient of the Jocelyn Herbert Award for Stage Design 2003. She has worked as an artist on stop motion animations for Wes Anderson’s, ‘Isle of Dogs’ and ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ as well as Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’.
Shaun Caton is one of the UK’s foremost performance artists, with an extraordinary international career spanning 35 years. He also makes many hundreds of paintings and collages every year.
In this exhibition, he presents gouache paintings based on objects he has found in the river Thames, or that people have given him to use in his performances. Many of the objects are fragments of figures, toys, or unknown artefacts. He explores them visually as if trying to decode their hidden inner mysteries.
Shaun’s collages are built up over time and contain many revisions and reveal a richly metamorphic quality. The subject matter is derived from archaeological finds, in which he is inventing his own stories within stories, often humorously grotesque.
Both Shaun and Fiona are working with personal mythologies, inspired and informed by a very ancient art that is reinvigorated through their expressive language of paint and paper.
Pie Factory Gallery at 5 Broad Street is open until 5pm.