Tracey Levett Art Essence 2019 London Studio Visit

Tracey Levett Art Essence 2019 London Studio Visit


Hi I’m Tracey Levett this is my studio,
really my little world where I like to come and work and spend time. Before I paint I
like to have a little bit of quiet time sometimes I read, sometimes I meditate
but that quiet time is really important. It helps me to get in a place where the
work can flow. It’s become an essential part of my practice and it definitely
makes a lot of difference. When I’m starting a new canvas I usually
like to take a big brush and just go for it, try and get rid of that white lots of
loose washy paint and make lots of beautiful marks. This can often be the
most fun this part of the painting and it can also be where you make the most
exciting brushstrokes. It seems to me that painting is a lot like dancing, step in
we put a mark on the canvas you step back and you take a look so it’s this
kind of dance between intuition and a little bit of analytical intellect but I
try and keep my mind out of things as much as I can and try and really just
dance in and out with the intuition. So yeah it’s a beautiful process and I can
feel the energy flowing through me when I’m doing it.
If I feel that energy start to dissipate I know it’s time to stop.
Painting flowers have been an interesting subject for me because I
started painting flowers when I first started painting. But in the last few
years I’ve come back to painting flowers. For me, flowers are a great subject
because I can be really relaxed and loose with them and it gives me lots of
opportunities also to work with line which I love. Lots of artists as we know
painted them so that’s been the botanical artist but then there are the
other artists who have painted flowers and use them as a metaphor for life.
And that’s understandable because flowers come seemingly out of nowhere
they bloom for a very short while and it’s kind of like us it’s like life we
here we bloom hopefully while we’re here we have a little time on earth and then
before you know we’ve gone back to wherever we came from I also feel that
flowers like us human beings they’re like little incarnations of the divine. I
think there’s something very sacred about flowers. I was trying to understand
from a very young age what life is all about, why we’re here and so that’s
also the theme that runs through all my work I’m really interested in painting
something that’s important maybe that makes people stop and think about their
life. Everybody’s so busy especially with all
our technology and so engaged that you actually never stop think about things
so you just go from one thing to the next. So in my art I have incorporated two things
that I love, philosophy and beauty. Because I think beauty also has the
power to transform us. With life often we’re trying to make sense of everything
but it’s like we’re looking through a pinhole trying to see the universe we
can only explore life from where we are with what we can see. Art’s the same
thing in such a big subject so you have to pick a nice spot and maybe explore
that area. Life is a mystery and art is a mystery that there’s so many parallels.
So this exhibition which I’ve called Essence I’ve tried to tap into that
essential quality of things and of people of us of life. And I hope that
when you stand in front of the paintings you can feel the feeling that I felt
when I was creating the work when I’m working I can feel that energy flowing
through me. And I think if you could take a little bit of time you might feel that
energy wash over you. Well I hope you enjoy my work it’s, it’s very precious to me
and hopefully it will give you something.

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