Midlands-based artist Sarah R Key is exhibiting a new series of paintings at Tarpey Gallery from September 7-October 5.
Titled Wealth of Ages, the new work marks a departure from her recent shows, both in uses of imagery and media.
“We are thrilled to be able to give our followers at Tarpey Gallery the first opportunity to view this exciting new series of work by one of the most talented and sought-after painters in the region”, said Luke Tarpey, director of the Castle Donington-based gallery.
The show will comprise works on panel, including media of tempera and gold leaf. This new body of work draws on imagery gleaned from ancient and medieval sources, referring to armoury and military equipment; using historical motifs to reflect on contemporary mores. This work also sees a development and blurring of the way that figurative and abstract elements are employed; areas in painting that Sarah has shifted between in prior bodies of work.
Sarah R Key said of the work: “This is a marked departure for me. Smaller scale pieces exploring a more intense approach to process, and developing a particular type of imagery that explores further ambiguity in working with figurative and abstract forms, mixing up contemporary and historical motifs”.