”EYE CATCHING” i Galerie Knud Grothe Charlottenlund
9. juni - 23. juni 2012
Romhild’s new collection explores the ineffable moods and expressions of the feminine gaze. For the most part framing just the eyes, nose and lips, the artist took on an enormous challenge by seeking to express emotions, thoughts and feelings through subtle variance in colour, tone, ambient light, texture and angling of the subject. Most moving of all is the rendering of light in the eyes, the reflections looking back at us and divulging interior lives that feel real, a set of souls who we feel really do exist in time and space.
Using only brushes and a painter’s knife, Romhild has worked the images into a carnival of hue and line, juxtaposing geometric shapes and an extensive tonal palette to produce images that both seduce and alarm.
By turns sensuous and sultry, then envious and mistrustful, the eyes encompass an inventory of untold stories, frozen in moments that, were they not preserved in oil colour for posterity, might never have been noticed in the first place. Although often alluring, “these painting are not about beauty,” Romhild assures us. And despite Romhild’s own striking visage, “they’re not self portraits. There may be something of me inside some of them, because I know what it is to be a woman. I understand the feelings of a woman. But these are other lives, not mine.”
Joe Cummings, author and art historian, Bangkok
Elizabeth’s Journey, by Joe Cummings
A self taught artist, Danish/Armenian Elizabeth Romhild was born in 1960. Romhild’s unique heritage has instilled her creativity with a distinct individuality.
At the age of 26, she began painting realistic portraits, later moving on to seascapes and landscapes. Romhild’s artwork has travelled through many phases on a continuous road of self development and discovery. Gradually Romhild’s art became bolder and more simplified in her portrayals of the female subject both in the two-dimensional form of her painting and the three-dimensional forms of her bronze sculptures.
Energised by her wide-ranging and international experiences and her artistic endeavours, Romhild has been offering the art world a constantly evolving and fascinating body of work that reflects who she is as an artist and as a person.
Now Romhild’s artistic journey has come full circle. She turns her gaze away from the external subject and focuses her attention to the inspiring calls within herself. She explores her darker underside, reflects on her own soul, and reveals her experience through the light and the dark tones of her palette.
Throughout her long artistic career, Romhild has continued to defy her boundaries with an ever expanding range of work that reflects her quest to deeper self discovery.
Romhild has lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand since 1988. Her artwork is part of private collections in several countries around the world including Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, US, Argentina, Lebanon and Armenia. Her work was exhibited in the Florence Biennale in 2009. Since then she has exhibited mainly in Copenhagen and Bangkok
Fernisering til ”EYE CATCHING ” finder sted i Galerie Knud Grothe Charlottenlund, lørdag den 9. juni 2012 fra kl 11:00-15:00. Udstillingen er åben til publikum fra søndag den 10. juni og frem til den 23. juni.
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