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Image: Plastic Ray 2020 Oil Acrylic and Oil Sticks On Canvas, 132x106x4cm, by Juliet E P Gibbs

The relationship between humans and the natural world has been a creative stimulus for countless generations, but for artists like Juliet E P Gibbs, viewing the world through the lens of a global pandemic provided new levels of inspiration.

Fascinated by the conflict of man vs. nature, she was chosen as the winner of The Biscuit Factory’s Contemporary Young Artist Award in 2019, and her latest exhibition at the venue explores the exotic and highly curated environment of glasshouses. Inspired by English garden estates, Gibbs says the recent health crisis has heavily influenced her latest work: ‘’I often look at the push-and-pulled effect occurring between man-made architectural forms and the dominance of nature. I think it’s safe to say with the past few years we have all had, nature has shown itself to be the more dominant force.’’

Showcasing her characteristically bold use of colour in oils and acrylics, the exhibition features close-cropped botanical paintings, the lush and vibrant greens contrasting with steely man-made structures and architecture.

Running until Friday 26th November, the exhibition is free to attend and offers a window into the development of Gibbs’ work over the past three years, including a painting shown at her degree show in 2018.

Juliet E P Gibbs’ exhibition is at The Biscuit Factory until Friday 26th November

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