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A Life in Detail by John Balman and Ilona Hay

Contemporary Visual Arts
Mar 14, 2023 10:00 - Mar 25, 2023 15:00
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An exhibition by two artists with a rigorous attention to detail, John using oil on panel and Ilona using ink/charcoal on paper.


Ilona’s art expresses a concern for the loss of natural habitat by recording her personal experiences at the city fringe. She draws the forest floor with its decay and regeneration in extraordinary detail, this act of recording being a form of catharsis.

John would ask the question, ‘where do you find me in my art for it’s a deeply personal pursuit?’

For him the act of painting creates a calm space in the studio and his paintings reflect a balance that hopefully resonates with viewers.

Both artists create detailed works that slowly reveal themselves with repeat viewings.