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Colour Me Happy – An exhibition of paintings by Carmen Veliz

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26 March – 23 April 2015 Monday – Saturday 9.30-12.30pm

Introduction:

Carmen’s work is influenced by her cultural roots in Chile. Her inspiration comes from experience gathered while travelling in many different continents. Where ever she puts down roots, she creates – in her home and garden, using objects collected from far off places; shapes, designs, marks in the earth, patterns in the sand, in the sea, in the sky, – all re-surface in her work.
‘The inspiration for my paintings comes from experiences gathered while travelling in different continents. My garden, the countryside, objects collected from far off places, shapes, designs, marks in the earth, patterns in the sand, rocks, the sea and sky, all resurface in my work. Influencing everything I see and select to paint is my overwhelming love of colour.’
Carmen Veliz was born in Valparaiso, Chile. She has studied in Ohio, USA; LSE; Bristol University and Plymouth University (BA in fine arts). She lives in Bristol and is currently a member of artists 303, Friends of RWA and Clifton Arts Society. She has work held in galleries in Cheshire, Taunton, Watchet, and London. She has exhibited in the West Country, Bristol and London.
“As a painter I’m interested in using colour, shape and design to convey ideas, feelings and experiences. Most of my work is rooted in life experiences. Travel has played an important part in the colours and combinations of colours I use. My garden too is a great source of inspiration and delight. The other side of the coin is a personal and social involvement with death, isolation, exile and the pain of parting. Nevertheless the thread that comes through my work is one of hope, resurgence and growth. It has been said that my roots have a great influence in my work and perhaps this is so. It is up to the viewer to decide.”
Carmen has travelled extensively in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Scandinavia and Australia, and now lives in Bristol.
If you like colour and have an appetite for life then this is the exhibition for you.
Wherever Carmen puts down roots, she creates – in her home and garden, using objects collected from far off places; shapes, designs, marks in the earth, patterns in the sand, in the sea, in the sky, – all re-surface in her work.
Above Carmen’s work reflects her overwhelming love of colour.

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