I went to see Pauline Bewick’s major solo exhibition at the Taylor Gallery in Dublin yesterday. We all know Bewicks instantly recognizable figurative narratives, executed in her very individual fluid graphic style. But I think this time I began to realize how unique she really is, she has such a wonderfully uninhibited and wacky way of visually expressing herself. Her style is utterly eccentric yet beautifully lyrical. Bewick is a brave artist who is doing her own thing and tells her story from her heart. She is to me, a lone voice of authenticity and such a breath of fresh air. And then she goes and takes that breath away with her Fox and Nesting Goose. It reads as mixed media in the catalogue, but Bewick has taken the story telling to its literal conclusion and stuck on goose feathers and grasses onto the paper alongside its painted image!! I went away from her exhibition, feeling light headed and extremely giddy. This is a woman that has pushed her boundaries to the limit and she has inspired me greatly to carry on with what I am doing, and has encouraged me as a painter to be as brave as I dare.
This wonderful exhibition goes on until the 29th September at The Taylor Gallery, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. www.taylorgalleries.ie