Ptolemy Mann

Intuitive Colour (Red, Yellow, Blue)

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Year 2020
Medium Liquid watercolour and acrylic gouache on Arches watercolour paper
Dimensions 31 x 23 cm
Nominated by Zoe Whitley

About the work

Intuitive colour is an ongoing idea I have become increasingly interested in. Colour takes on an extraordinary edge when it comes from the act of ‘doing’ rather than thinking. These paintings have become a ritual of making, capturing a gesture and the feeling of a specific moment in time.

About the artist:

Born 1972 New York, Ptolemy Mann lives and works in the UK. Graduated from Central Saint Martins (1995), and the Royal College of Art (1997).

Mann’s unique approach to hand-dyeing and weaving wall-based art works has become the basis for a modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of art making underpinned with intelligent colour theory.  Her time consuming and unique approach to creating these art works has evolved over a twenty five year period. Exquisite dynamics of colour move across their fine surface creating a painterly sweep. The term CHROMATIC MINIMALISM has been applied to her work and she is heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism and architecture. More recently he has begun painting on paper and exploring the relationship between paint and textile. Mann makes large scale, emotional work which expresses a deep sense of craftsmanship and precision through an abstract narrative.

Selected exhibtions include The Most Real Thing, Roche Court at the New Art Centre, Salisbury (2018); Lasting Impressions, NDCG Kilkenny, Ireland and Ruthin Craft Centre (2018); Solo Show with Gallery Lau, Literature Haus, Munich (2017); Crafted, Royal Academy, London (2014); Crafted, Somerset House, London (2013); and Chromatic Minimalism, Gallery Lau, Munich (2010).

Awards include three grants from Arts Council England.

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