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Imagined Women - Posk Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Imagined Women will be on display at the Posk Gallery (The Centre for Polish Arts and Culture) from May 28 to June 8, 2007; and some 30 pastels on paper by Lorraine Fernie will be for sale, priced between £650 and £800.

Obsessed with the female form, Fernie presents her subjects as human beings, who have a powerful presence and who happen to be nude. She is influenced by medieval, African and twentieth-century art.

The subjects are full of energy and celebrate all the imperfections and femaleness of a woman’s body. Fernie works with pastels, pencil and charcoal combined with lines incised into the surface of the paper.

Her initial inspiration is often a pose seen in a work of art or felt from within herself. She works and reworks each image, changing the layout and the balance of forms while retaining the atmosphere of her first drawing, to achieve a clear, human structure.

The focus always remains on the figure outlined by dark lines which both strengthen and confine it. The apparently simple backgrounds are calculated to throw into prominence the monumental masses of the figures and to echo their movement.

Venue: Posk Gallery, 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF.

Telephone: 020 8741 1940.

Times: 11am to 9pm daily.