Astrig Akseralian - 'Living Lines of Colour' Exhibition
‘Living Lines of Colour’ is an exhibition of mixed media and collage artwork by Astrig Akseralian, a local artist based in Cambourne. The exhibition will be on display at Art & Soul in St Neots from 1st-23rd October 2019. Astrig has recently been awarded the Royal Watercolour Society Presidents Award for 2019 by the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists. Her work is both fluid and colourful, and full of imagination.
Astrig was born and grew up in London. Continuously drawing and painting as a child, she naturally followed her desire to study art. She completed her Art Foundation studies at Harrow College of Higher Education (1981-1982). She attended the Central School of Art and Design (1983-1986) graduating with a BA Hons in Ceramics. After leaving Art College she set up a ceramics studio working from the Cockpit Yard Workshops in Holborn, London, selling her work across the country and internationally to shops and galleries.
After some years Astrig had a break from ceramics accepting a job in the film industry working for the Jim Henson Creature Shop in Hampstead, London. This led to a 25 year career working as a freelance painter and art finisher in many Creature Effects and Prosthetic Make-up departments at home and abroad on location. Since deciding to leave the film industry and making her home in Cambridge, Astrig has returned to her own artwork, rediscovering the freedom and pleasure in independent and personal creativity. For many years Astrig has been fascinated by the challenge of drawing the human form, studying the figure and finding different methods to depict the essence of the pose and mood. She favours quick dynamic poses aiming to capture movement and life using bold colours and multiple lines. To achieve this she works with mixed media: acrylic paints and pens, pastels, charcoal, gesso and collage creating lively images.
Astrig works on vintage paper, board and cartridge paper which has been previously distressed as this adds to the underlying energy and often creates unexpected results which can evolve into the final image. For similar reasons she enjoys using collage which is a liberating technique and a starting point to be later combined with drawing and layering.
Art & Soul is a contemporary gallery that hosts amazing work from primarily local artists in the town’s former Assembly Room, opposite the museum. It is open every day from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm, although the Gallery is not open until 10.30am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Entry to the exhibition is free.