JOY WOLFENDEN BROWN 'THE STILL POINT' - 20/7 TO 21/8/12


At the still point of the turning world... at the still point, there the dance is”

T.S. Elliot



Millennium presents 'The Still Point' an exhibition of new paintings by Joy Wolfenden Brown opening on the 20th July.

This exhibition in particular connects the artist to what she describes as "a need to slow down and be still as the world appears to be overtaking and speeding by". She cites in particular in conversation the hearing of a prayer; 'God of Snails and Tortoises' (listed at the end of this introduction) - as having a profound effect on her one which helped her to realise a way forwards.

Joy Wolfenden Brown’s paintings possess immense raw emotional honesty and as such feel hauntingly familiar. She captures fragments of experiences and moments in time where the inherent vulnerability of the figures depicted , often a lone figure, is palpable. These are beautifully yet spontaneously executed reflections on the human condition, which have an unnervingly yet comforting unmasked quality.

So much contemporary figurative painting makes cultural references, analysing the society that we live in, often taking an external vantage point or ‘third person’ perspective. What is rarer is to see work that talks so truthfully, of what lies within in such an unguarded way, and the integrity of the work seems to break down the adult constructed emotional barriers that we all put up. As Joseph Clarke the Director at Millennium says, ‘The German expressionist Kathe Kollwitz once urged us to ‘look at life with the eyes of a child’. For me the power of Wolfenden Brown’s painting is to remind us of the child, with joy and vulnerability, who lurks within all of us.’


Prayer:

God of snails and tortoises and of those things that move slowly in the world,
give us courage
to slow down,
to be still,
to inhabit each moment more fully.
Help us to know when to travel slowly,
so that others may overtake us,
going at their speed, not ours. God of the seasons,
unhurried in their rhythm of change and renewal,
retune our pulse to your beating heart that we might know ourselves fully alive
in your unchanging love. Amen.




ARTIST STATEMENT

When I start to paint, time as I know it outside of my studio ceases to exist. My studio is my safe home and in its stillness the ‘truths’, the ‘memories’, the essence of what already exists within, are stirred up.

T.S.Elliot said “At the still point of the turning world... at the still point, there the dance is”. I am learning to tune and retune myself to the rhythm of this dance. At times it can take courage to slow down and be still when the world appears to be overtaking and speeding by.

I return to painting day after day because I want to be there to record the moments when truth breaks through.


JOY WOLFENDEN BROWN. 2012



The Quiet Child - She Seeks with Her Eyes Closed
oil on board . 121 x 104 cm





Known
oil on board . 30 x 40 cm





The Blissful Loneliness
oil on board . 17 x 33 cm






To See a Butterfly
oil on paper . 12.5 x 17 cm





Homesickness
oil on board . 38 x 60 cm





She Blows on Her Nails
oil on paper . 26 x 20 cm





Her Resting Place
oil on paper . 15 x 30 cm





The Lacemaker
oil on board . 122 x 104 cm





Tortoise I
oil on paper . 11.5 x 20 cm





Tortoise II
oil on paper . 11 x 18.5 cm





The Stillness
oil on board . 121 x 69 cm





Slow Steps to Love
oil on board . 37 x 40.5 cm





Sneaking Home
oil on paper . 33 x 13 cm





She Loves to Hide
oil on paper . 11 x 20 cm





Two Mothers
oil on paper . 20 x 19 cm





Children’s Secrets
oil on paper . 9 x 16 cm





Teenage Secrets
oil on paper . 15 x 16 cm





Untitled
oil on paper . 24 x 21 cm





Untitled
oil on paper . 23 x 10 cm





Empty Nest
oil on paper . 9.5 x 14 cm





Carrying the Rat
oil on paper . 10 x 15 cm





Cat in the Nursery
oil on paper . 10 x 15 cm





The Handover
oil on paper . 27.5 x 15 cm





Saying Nothing
oil on paper . 19 x 21.5 cm





The Treat
oil on paper . 29 x 14 cm





God of Snails and Tortoises
oil on board . 69 x 121 cm





Coral Dress
oil on board . 67.5 x 38 cm





Girl Sitting
oil on paper . 62 x 15 cm





Snail I
oil on paper . 21.5 x 20 cm





Snail II
oil on paper . 13 x 11.5 cm





Fallow Land
oil on board . 16 x 41 cm





A Boys Hope
oil on board . 8 x 32.5 cm





The Still Point
oil on board . 17 x 61.5 cm





Ebb Tide
oil on board . 23 x 61 cm





The Slow Road
oil on paper . 13.5 x 19 cm





The River
oil on paper . 27 x 16 cm





Echoing Childhood
oil on paper . 19 x 29 cm





Laughing Sisters ( A Simple Life)
oil on paper . 28.5 x 19 cm





Conductor
oil on paper . 25.5 x 9.5 cm





Musicians
oil on paper . 25.5 x 9.5 cm each (diptych)





Winter Coat (Waiting for the Kingfisher)
oil on paper . 25.5 x 9.5 cm





Fledged
oil on board . 138 x 60 cm





Trust
oil on paper . 18.3 x 28 cm





Turtle Neck
oil on paper . 11 x 30.5 cm





Home Made Girl
oil on paper . 10 x 18.5 cm





Tortoise Girl
oil on paper . 8 x 12 cm





Blanket Stitched Blouse
oil on paper . 12 x 13 cm





She Loves to Hide II
oil on paper . 12.5 x 25 cm





Untitled
oil on board . 61 x 37 cm