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  • Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund grants 5
    paintings in the flesh to appreciate their brilliance and exuberance I ve rarely seen anyone use so much of what paint can do scratch drip rub scrape dash touch brush glaze wipe spread mark and line She works the surface like a superbly inventive passionate lover but that s just on the skin Beneath it glowing through everything is the colour Loving the world she conjures up a whole spectrum Rainbows reach down into the darkest corners of human life Feeling the need for a flash of emerald gold or amethyst she strokes it in And her pictures glow with a radiance that comes from within scintillating blues baking reds and troubled greys But those are just the hues the sunset club lit night time air that breathes through her subjects What are they Tough people surviving at the rag end of comfort Yes but herself really and everyone wanting to be hugged Her art is a profound excavation into the wounds of loneliness and fear and a glorious celebration of the sealing heal of love McCartin herself wrote as an artist from a working class background I have always felt somewhat of an Outsider in the contemporary art world

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