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The arrival of spring brings a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ to Byard Art in Cambridge’s King’s Parade.

The exhibition, from March 19 to April 17, is dedicated to introducing four new contemporary artists to Cambridge residents and visitors: Melanie Goemans, Donald Macdonald, Greg Pearson, and Lucy de Sautoy.

“One of the things we enjoy most about what we do at Byard, is offering a new platform to artists, helping them display their work in such an exceptional location, and helping them reach new audiences,” says Jess White..

Melanie Goemans

Church Lane (CA3) by Melanie Goemans (55573545)
Church Lane (CA3) by Melanie Goemans (55573545)

Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy before studying Florentine Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (BA and MA) followed by fine art amd painting at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire (MA). After a series of residencies and teaching posts, she relocated from London to Cambridgeshire and now works from her studio in Ely.

Fenland II by Melanie Goemans (55573537)
Fenland II by Melanie Goemans (55573537)

Melanie says: “In the early morning I walk between the railway line and the river. Small seasonal shifts, incidental things we might rush past usually, become more noticeable walking the same paths like a ritual. I look at what is permanent and fixed, and what is transient and temporary, and conclude that everything is changing, even in this moment. What I photograph and paint is not there now, and the painting becomes like a ghost, a trace of a memory of something that inevitably will never be exactly the same again Working from projections of photographs I’ve taken, I trace the lines loosely with a fine square ended brush, and the marks build up the complicated patterns of the whole. Using traditional materials and composition, my work gives these fleeting moments status and draws attention to their value.”

Donald Macdonald

Family Walk by Donald MacDonald (55573560)
Family Walk by Donald MacDonald (55573560)

“I have always been fascinated by photorealism, even as a child I would sit for hours meticulously drawing images from encyclopaedias and copying my siblings’ school photographs, desperately trying to capture every detail to capture their likeness.

“It was not until studying painting at Grays School of Art that I really discovered expressive art and working loosely from memory, the contrast between these two very different methods of working immediately appealed and I have been studying and trying to push its boundaries ever since.

Rose by Donald MacDonald (55573565)
Rose by Donald MacDonald (55573565)

“I create three-dimensional scenes using sketches and folded paper which I have previously drawn from memory and place them in compositions and scenarios which are then painted.

Cat Waiting by Donald MacDonald (55573547)
Cat Waiting by Donald MacDonald (55573547)

“I like to use this method to convey feelings, emotions, all the while recreating and copying life’s events in some way.”

Lucy Du Sautoy

Cambridge Muse II by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573541)
Cambridge Muse II by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573541)

“I have spent a lot of time in my life staring out of windows. For me it provides a space to lose track, to daydream, and to remember. For me, the window captures a special vision of the world – combining an external reality with our own internal experience of it.’

The window as a subject has become a platform for Lucy to explore the mechanics of painting and to register human experience.

Candy Crush II by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573532)
Candy Crush II by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573532)

Lucy likes to consider her paintings as contemplations of the changing surface of everyday window panes, acknowledging random moments in time and space helped by changes in weather, the season, or the light of the day - and how the experience of gazing out of a window can be touched by memories, hopes, uncertainties, and daydreams.

Candy Crush I by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573543)
Candy Crush I by Lucy Du Sautoy (55573543)

Lucy regularly exhibits in group and solo shows. She is frequently commissioned, and her work is held in private and corporate collections across the UK, and in Europe and the US.

Greg Pearson

Colourful Companion #18 by Greg Pearson (55573552)
Colourful Companion #18 by Greg Pearson (55573552)

In 2016, Greg first began experimenting with steel, creating sculptural gifts and furniture for friends and family using a range of techniques.

His passion quickly ignited, and he formed an expanding range of original outdoor sculptures and garden ornaments each made uniquely by hand.

Colourful Companion #23 by Greg Pearson (55573558)
Colourful Companion #23 by Greg Pearson (55573558)

Now Greg’s passion focuses on further exploration of the limits of his medium and ideas, particularly focusing on interior work. He chooses to view art as a platform for question, not for answers being inspired by simplistic and direct designs that explore and incorporate multiple themes including natural beauty, presence, geometry, character, individualism, family, pattern, contrast, colour, and 3D engagement.



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