Slipstream News: Art


For the second year running,  Finchley-based artist Denise Wyllie will be opening her studio for Manifestampe’s Fete de L’Estampe festival of printmaking. Although it originated in France, it has taken a distinctly non-Brexit stance by opening its cultural borders to artists all over Europe and, indeed, the world. Latest estimates indicate over 300 Open Atelier participants throughout May and June at a time when Britain will be wrestling with a final Brexit deadline. 

Denise says her exhibition will feature three aspects of her work: equivalent to three solo exhibitions. One will be held in her lounge and accentuate the intimacy of a home space. Here you’ll find a few carefully selected rose landscapes paintings on canvas made over of the last 2 years at premier rose breeders David Austin Rose Gardens in Shropshire. The second will be an exhibition in her converted garden studio. This clear simple space perfect for showing her bright, fresh contemporary prints.

She explains: “the prints use drawings and abstractions of the composition together with vibrant washes of warm and fresh colours. There’s an atmospheric and profuse density of flowers taken from reality but simplified. The abstraction invites the viewer to puzzle out the spaces, which are enticing and satisfying a challenge. They make the viewer work rather than the paintings, which gently lull one into a warm feeling of summer calm.” 

“One is forced to examine the work of the invited printmakers from the UK, Europe and rest of the world that lines the walls until one reaches an upper studio where the ‘Being Together’ series of prints are shown.” This particular room is reserved for her distinct feature screenprints, relief, wood and lino-cuts.

Wyllie’s Open Studio Manifestampe Festival of Printmaking 2019. Long Lane, East Finchley, London N2 8JN, 26 May – 23 June