Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex
Adele Gibson’s exhibition ‘Elementa’ brings together a collection of work from a three-year period, inspired by the Amazon rainforest, forest fires and volcanic activity, stormy seas and Arctic ice, and the airiness of the South Downs.
Adele has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton where she specialised in painting and research into the Anthropocene. Her work is inspired by the natural world and her paintings reflect her love for spending time in raw, un-tamed and sublime nature. In 2017, Adele was awarded a place as artist-in-residence on the International Arctic Circle Art and Science expedition and spent 3 weeks aboard a masted Barquentine sailing vessel exploring the Svalbard Archipelago. This was a life-changing trip: she witnessed first-hand the profound beauty of the region but also saw the huge changes happening due to the changing climate.
Resulting from this experience, in 2018 Adele was awarded an Arts Council grant to lead a residency for 8 artists together with an exhibition she curated at the University of Brighton entitled ‘Let’s talk about the Anthropocene’.
In 2019, Adele fulfilled a lifetime ambition to visit the Amazon and spent time at the Tambopata Scientific research centre deep in the rainforest. The lushness and magic of the forest was overwhelmingly beautiful but like the Arctic, the area is facing the grave threat of climate crisis.
Adele paints in oils in her studio in Berwick and she aims to evoke an emotional response in the viewer rather than provide a representation of the landscape. She paints largely using her visual memory and hopes to convey something of the awe and wonder she experiences in her life as an artist.
Adele has exhibited in galleries across the county and is currently represented by the Maze gallery in London and Kevis House gallery in Petworth. Her work is collected across the UK, Europe, and the US.
28th May – 13th June 2021
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm
Star Brewery Gallery, Lewes