22 September – 4 October 2020
Hastings Arts Forum, 20 Marina, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0BU
Private View: None due to the Covid-19 Situation
Two Worlds, an exhibition by photographer Brian Rybolt and artist Jean Davey Winter.
This exhibition brings together artists from two different cultural backgrounds, UK and USA, with a lust for travel.
In 2017 Davey-Winter spent two weeks in Cuba, an experience which proved to be a turning point in her work. ‘ Conjuring up words like poetic and magical there is something seductive about Cuba. It draws you in, the constant awareness of vibrancy, colour and energy which conflicts with reminders of a much darker past’. The inclusion of photographic collage evokes a level of ambiguity in the images; adding to the tension between abstraction and representation allowing the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the work.
The photographs in this exhibition come from a brief stay in Las Vegas which provided Rybolt with a rich source of photographic imagery and a strong desire to return. ‘I wasn’t sure what to expect from Las Vegas other than the glimpses I’ve had through film and television. Weirdness is everywhere in the lives and architecture of the place; it is creepy and amazing all at once. It is ironic or surreal to me. This work is my response to these incongruities’.
Originally from Los Angeles, Brian Rybolt worked for many years as a commercial photographer, frequently working to commission involving editorial, portraiture and architectural subject matter. He now concentrates exclusively on his personal work, which has taken him to many diverse locations including Antarctica, Iceland and Greenland. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and the USA.
Mixed media artist Jean Davey-Winter, born in the UK, has an ongoing desire to ‘get away’ and to travel and it is this which provides the stimulus for her work. For many years Davey-Winter combined her personal work with lecturing, exhibiting regularly both nationally and internationally. Her work is in numerous private and public collections in the UK, Japan and USA.