Silence: Solo Exhibition by Duncan Stewart in Cape Town

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. – Francis Bacon”

Silence, a solo exhibition by Artrooms London 2018 selected artist Duncan Stewart, will open to the public tomorrow, from 11am.

The exhibition will run until the 11th of December at Art in the Yard, 38 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

We live in a noisy world where it is challenging to hear above the din, and almost impossible to step off the treadmill long enough to discern what path to take.
This exhibition, simply called SILENCE, has become the embodiment of that struggle for me.
Silence is free of talking or the need to think about words and thoughts.
Silence is about being. And about being still.
Silence is the cathedral in our souls, which, if incessantly occupied leaves no room to hear the divine whispers.
As I set about creating work for this show, it was this desperate need to create from a place of stillness and silent listening that led me to explore a range of paintings that at first glance appear monochromatic. I wanted to create visual spaces that were calm, quite and removed from noisy colors and energetic angles.
By exploring subtle shifts of hues and tones I have intentionally ‘bleached’ the noise out, giving the viewer permission to dwell in silence – to search for detail on what at first glance appears to be a subdued canvas… yet ultimately is alive with colour waiting to reward those who push through the veil into the quite resonance of the work.”

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