An exhibition of work by the late Manijeh Yadegar (1951-2016). Manijeh Yadegar was born in Iran and lived and worked in London since 1964. Yadegar trained at Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell and is known for her completely abstract canvases that are appear to be visual sublimations. While not based in any particular physical reality, they are all unique visual poems formed by the assisimilation of the most serene visual experiences, memories, and travels.
Physically the canvases are the realised through the subtle and carefully controlled layering of paint. A carefully modulated ground of intense colour is built up and then carefully overlaid and partially obscured by veils of white – as mist might envelope a mountain. The paintings bear no visible reference to spatial readings of land and sky and yet they evoke moments in the landscape and our emotional reactions to them.
Yadegar came over to England from Iran when a child, and greatly admired Chinese painting. Like her husband, the scultpor Nigel Hall RA, she is interested in pure abstraction, and her work has underlying interest in landscape. Yadegar describes her approach to painting as intuitive and one particular influence on her work over the years has been Switzerland and its landscape - the mountains were a regular favourite destination for her and Nigel.