The colourful contemporary artist Elizabeth Power will launch her latest exhibition ‘Coastal Calm’ with urban and contemporary art gallery 99 Projects in Kensal Rise, London from the 23rd March - 23rd April 2023.
Formerly living in London Power moved to St Leonards on Sea three years ago and has become well known amongst art lovers and collectors for her colourful and energetic paintings that exude warmth and vibrancy. Inspired by colourists such as Matisse, Hockney and Milton Avery Power’s work has a colour palette rich in coral pinks, forest greens and cool blues.
Inspired by her surroundings, 'Coastal Calm’ is an artistic form of escapism enhanced by a heightened colour palette. As a busy working artist and mother of two, Power's new body of work captures rare moments of calm featuring nostalgic and iconic coastal depictions from striped deckchairs to seascapes and charming seaside architecture. The collection also features natural elements such as flowers and other flora, often pictured in vases made by local artisans against a backdrop of bright light against heavy shadows of a midsummer’s day. Deliberately without figures in the work Power’s paintings depict moments she has had to herself that bring peace allowing the viewer to transport themselves into the scene.
Drawn to the fast drying nature of the paint, Power paints mostly with acrylics but always starting with a backwashed canvas of her signature pink or yellow. Working from her own photography Power creates loose sketches on the canvas followed by expressive painted brush strokes. Raw and organic each piece plays with textures, exposed pencil lines and visible brush strokes to capture the atmosphere for the scene.
Relocating from West London to St Leonards on Sea just before the UK lockdown, Power and her family are just one of the many families drawn to the romanticism of the coast seeking a different kind of life. Filled with creatives and freelancers, more and more former Londoners are starting new lives by the sea, motivated by the confines of the city during lockdown. Proudly bringing the peacefulness and romanticism of the seaside to London, art lovers can visit the exhibition and take home their own piece of coastal calm.
Open from 23rd March- 23rd April 2023 at 99 Projects, Kensal Rise
‘Coastal Calm’ brings seaside escapism and joyful moments of calm to West London.
Prints starting at £200 and originals starting at £2200.
Residing in St Leonard on Sea with her partner and two young children Elizabeth Power is a contemporary artist specialising in vibrant and colourful paintings. Often depicting nostalgic and iconic coastals scenes, and peaceful still life featuring florals and other plants, each of Power’s work provides escapism allowing the viewer to transport themselves into the painting and experience their own calm through the canvas.
Graduating from the UAL in 2018, Power has become well known for her vibrant and joyful artworks and has been featured in British Vogue, The Royal Academy of Arts, Home House, Soho House, Heals, The London Design Festival, John Lewis, Delphian Gallery and Art on a Postcard.
Power is also the founder of ‘Babes in Arms’ a local organisation curating and hosting shows which promote and support artist mothers living in the Hastings and St Leonards area.
About 99 Projects
99 Projects is an art gallery in Kensal Rise, North West London representing a selection of established, emerging, local and international artists and showcases an urban and eclectic, ever-changing roster of solo exhibitions and group shows.
Bringing artwork that will brighten and lift the walls of local and visiting collectors’ homes 99 Projects are passionate about providing a platform for artists with energy and enthusiasm for their practice.
We want the works we show to brighten and lift the walls of local and visiting collectors’ homes and to show artists with energy and enthusiasm for their practice. We exhibit a mix of original paintings, photography, collage, sculpture, editions, and screen prints so that there are access points for new collectors as well as opportunities to invest in major works.
Inclusive, accessible and authentic 99 Projects promotes a variety of artists, focusing on the art they produce rather than where they studied leaving behind any prevention and intimidation associated with the art world.
Director Frances Casey launched the gallery to bring art and culture to her local neighbourhood during lockdown. The growing gallery has become a hub for the community with monthly exhibitions and weekly yoga classes. The gallery offers an art consultancy service and loves curating the homes of their local collectors.
99 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND