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De LeÃ³nâ€™s work spans ten years and showcases the artistâ€™s evolution from the figurative to increasing levels of abstraction, and his most recent foray in the world of photography.
Playful, twisted, fragmented and sometimes even tortured, de LeÃ³nâ€™s earlier figurative works explore the human form, but as a linear point of departure for a deeper and personal exploration of consciousness and the nature of time.
De LeÃ³nâ€™s later abstract work, while still drawing on a similar concept, is characterised by intense layers of colour, often applied directly by hand and then vigorously reworked on the surface of the paper, creating a sense of restless movement, while the constantly shifting and overlaying figures represent the fragility of time.
In his most recent photographic work, de LeÃ³n joins abstract and figurative, exploring nature, mirrored quite literally in a reflective surface or membrane. These highly painterly images, at first playful and then unsettling, look at the ecological consequences of mankindâ€™s actions and examine how a ripple or small distortion can affect every element residing in a specific ecological system.
Annabelle Brotherton is a painter known for her gestural, expressive paintings and drawings that capture the sensation of immediacy combined with emotional depth.
Brotherton searches for the internal rhythm in a subject, particularly in the human form, while suggesting a deeper narrative about the lives of her subjects.
â€œWhen a picture develops a â€˜lifeâ€™ of its own and starts to lead the way, that is where the real challenge begins; often the greatest battles on canvas can lead to the most successful pieces. Knowing when to stop and capture the energy on the canvas is just like netting a butterfly - holding on to something magical without crushing its wings.â€