David Cottingham Broken wings

Get closer to the mystery of life at David Cottingham’s Poetic Liberation of the Spirit show

To artist David Cottingham, art is “a desire to communicate universal truths and to get closer to the mystery of life itself.” He has a solo show – Poetic Liberation of the Spirit, at VC Art featuring a range of work from abstract paintings to large figurative, dance-inspired, works on paper.

David said: “My work is concerned with the two great subjects of art, the human body and the landscape. It draws on many influences from nature to dance, photography, astronomy and music.

“The abstract paintings are inspired by landscapes, cities, spaces, memories and the emotional power of colour and light.”

The exhibition features new works titled Broken Hearts, which grew out of his interest in colour abstraction and mono print techniques. The images – made using inks and acrylics – are linked by accident and designed to create an evocative duplicity, so says the blurb.

The title Broken Hearts symbolizes a moment when an action is torn in two, creating more than the sum of its parts.

The figurative-based works are studies of dance, movement or gesture, inspired by both contemporary and classical dancers.

The Dance Drawings are real-time studies of dancers, movements or gestures. These works are created with contemporary dancers to celebrate the joy of movement and rhythm. ‘Their aim is to express the essence of the body in motion and transform that into a new visionary form conquering it by their continuous rhythmical steps and gestures, taking their places in space and time.’

Poetic Liberation of the Spirit is at VC Art from November 19-25, 2014.