Sonja Benskin Mesher

Visual Artist for Art & Design

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Artist Statement

My work is now abstract. I use a dialogue of shape and colour to create ideas about the landscape and inherent memory.

Using acrylic mediums as a base, I incorporate found media, such as wool from the fences, rust, earth etc to create texture and a sense of place.

Memory and music plays an important part in moving the process into an intuitive area, where striving ends, and the work naturally flows.

The work has been in solo exhibitions throughout Wales and England, and in selected shows in the UK, USA, Poland, France , Ireland and Canada. I show regularly in London galleries. Much of the work is now in both private, and public collections, and has been featured in several television documentaries, radio programmes and magazines.

Early design work received an award from BAA and the Sunday Times, and since then more prizes have been awarded for landscape painting, drawing, and abstract images.

My inspiration comes mainly from my environment, but also from my early years spent living in St Ives. The artists there also have impressed ideas into the work, John Krcma, Bob Devereux, Barbara Hepworth, and Ben Nicholson.

A new studio is allowing me to produce bigger, more energetic work, and the intention is to produce is new body of abstract work, exploring my relationship with the landscape.

Sonja Benskin Mesher

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