New Zealand artist Claudia Jowitt’s sculptural paintings are mesmerizing in detail and subtle application of color. There are whites that become roseate, lemon yellow, mauve, pistachio green, recalling spun-sugar, marshmallows or sorbets fit for the tables of Versailles.
Jowitt uses a variety of techniques to create her works. Aside from an achingly delicate and subtle palette, the application of the materials is unique. Acrylic and oils are not only applied with a brush, but they are also manipulated with cake-icing sets, spatulas, tile-grouting combs, and an expanse of other tools. The result of her process is painting as sculpture. An intricate filigree is formed in delicate and bewildering webs of paint. Cloud-like shapes fan outwards, their growth patterns forming intimate landscapes. Expressive gestures with lilting rhythms are captured as a testimony to abundance and generosity. Such confections with their floating, delectable multitudes can only invite enjoyment.
Jowitt has exhibited widely in New Zealand and is gaining attention internationally for her intimate, yet audaciously textured works. Her work is held in public and private collections and is exhibited internationally.
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