Friday, 24 September 2021

Flamenco and ballet passion fuel show

AN exhibition of paintings and sketches inspired by dancers is currently on show at the Henley Studios on Duke Street.

AN exhibition of paintings and sketches inspired by dancers is currently on show at the Henley Studios on Duke Street.

Dancer is the first solo exhbition by Crowthorne-based painter Christine Holley, who has drawn on many years’ experience as a dancer and choreographer to feed her imagination.

“I have a strong dance background, and a long track record of involvement in all kinds of dance, including flamenco,” she said. “I didn’t dance as a child, and I never got it out of my system. So in my adulthood I got the bug, and it’s never gone away.

“Dancing is something very close to my heart. It’s very expressive and as an artist, I can almost feel what the dancers are experiencing.”

Christine worked in a number of jobs, most recently in PR, before deciding to take up a degree course in fine art, graduating from UCA Farnham in 2009.

She said: “I wanted to become hands-on again and create something. I spent so much time looking at a computer — although even now I never seem to get away from it.”

The exhibition features 14 paintings — both acrylic and oil on canvas — as well as brush and watercolour paintings and a series of sketches. The paintings vary in size, but some of the featured canvases — including the Scherzo Triptych — are 5ft 6in tall.

Some of the work is figurative, while others are more abstract, and while two of the works are taken from a scene from the ballet Faun, most of her work comes straight out of her imagination, fuelled by memories of shows she has worked on. These include Carmen, which she choreographed for Park Opera’s 2011 production at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell’s South Hill Park.

Tim Ruddock, owner of Henley Studios, said: “this is a very vibrant body of work, with great energy and colour, and I feel it will have a good impact.”

* Dancer runs until Thursday, February 21. Visit www.henleystudios.co.uk or the artist’s website at www. holley-projects.co.uk

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