Duarte Sequeira is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Portugal by English painter Nell Brookfield, Real Plastic Roses opening on 13 May at HQ, Braga.Brookfield’s work considers imagined and metaphorical states in relation to themes of love, tenderness, anxiety and pain.
Real Plastic Roses will feature a new body of work exploring imagined situations drawn from Brookfield’s personal experiences, memories, and emotions. Centered on body language, her compositions encourage viewers to imagine what might lie beyond the edge of the canvas and include a consistent colour palette that creates a feeling of movement and texture.Completed through a layering of natural pigments mixed by Brookfield herself with acrylic paint onto linen or cotton canvases, each work has an individual texture and patterned surfaces.
The exhibition will feature 11 paintings of varied scale and a number of small watercolours that are created from visual research or initial sketchbook ideas. Evoking an uncanny, yet warm and inviting feeling, Brookfield creates scenes based on both real-life observations and imaginary scenarios creating moments of stillness in potentially chaotic moments. Within each of the paintings, Brookfield invites the audience to find a space in which they are able to insert themselves in the moment and see their own world within the work, recognising something about their life and seeing and thinking about it from a new perspective.