25 April – 12 May 2018
An exhibition at The Minster Gallery will feature new paintings by Winchester professional artist Caroline Hall. Inspired by the music of Ravel, Exploring Harmony opens on 27 April with a Private View at which former BBC Young Musician of the Year semi-finalist Ian Flint will perform the composer’s famous Pavane.
It was a chance conversation with Ian Flint, who was her piano teacher, that inspired Caroline to create the series of paintings. She explains: ‘I was captivated by the fact that Ravel was doing the same with music as the impressionists were doing with painting, challenging traditions and pushing their art in new directions.’
Caroline decided to produce a collection of paintings exploring one particular Ravel piano solo ‘Pavane pour une infante défunte’. The work was to be on small bespoke birch panels and the colour palette would be based on a painting by Renoir.
‘I wanted to echo the piano music with small intimate paintings,’ says Caroline. ‘The colour palette gave me continuity but beyond that I had no idea where the work would take me. All the time I was trying to balance my emotional response to the music with some sort of academic rigour.’
Caroline Hall’s work is in public and private collections worldwide. She has recently been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize at The Mall Galleries. She graduated from Winchester School of Art with a first class honours degree in visual art in 2004, completing a Masters in Painting in 2007. She has exhibited extensively and held several solo shows in London. She worked as a television presenter for the BBC for 15 years.
Caroline describes herself as ‘a restless artist’. ‘I have a fundamental desire to find new ways of expressing myself with each and every subject that I paint. Each new painting or drawing is an exploration of colour, mark and surface. The one constant is my struggle to find the right balance between control and expression, energy and calm.’
The exhibition will also bring together a selection of Caroline Hall’s Hampshire landscapes and a recently published series of drawings exploring the biblical account of the Annunciation.