Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 13, 2013 -- Debut Exhibition for Artist Allan Renshaw http://www.allanrenshaw.com Artist Allan Renshaw, former psychotherapist & social worker, is having his first solo exhibition, Unconscious Landscapes at the Holy Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 24th February - 8th March 2013. Allan has been working on a body of art work for over 10 years. Although he previously undertook a foundation training in Fine Art and Design, he has remained working completely outside the art world. This is his very first public showing.
Allan made an early decision to undertake a developmental process to nurture an intuitive attunement to his environment and develop a language and narrative for his art. His current work bears the fruits of this process.
Allans paintings are strongly associated with place, they emerge and evolve out of particular places and the experiences of those places. Allan says that his attunement allows environmental influences to imprint themselves in his work as potent unconscious formations. These environmental influences, both natural and psychic, are translated into abstract forms.
The parallel structures that have emerged in Allans work have their roots in natural phenomena land, sea and sky-scapes such as layers of miraged horizon as seen, for example, at low-tide estuary sunsets when remnants of water and land are transformed by changing light.
The underscored surfaces of his paintings transform into patination and remnants. Significantly for him, they express the texture of the unconscious in the landscape allowing Allan to reveal an unconscious story intrinsic to his relationship with the environment. This is expressed in much of the naming of his work.
His paintings are a particular expression of the integration of his unconscious mind and the external environment. Significant intuition and passion are evident in his work.
The exhibition is free admission & will run from 24th February 8th March at the Holy Biscuit Gallery. The gallery is an innovative partnership between Newcastles The Biscuit Factory & the Methodist church & was born out of a shared vision for developing a creative space for cultural and community engagement and collaboration. http://www.theholybiscuit.org Additional information & photographs available upon request: