Pandemic, The Light Therein
Colour and light are used to emphasize a vanishing world of wildlife and wilderness that implores one to take notice, appreciate the rare and raw beauty about us, and allow our imagination to roam about the abstract compositions symbolizing the unsettled and unsettling world in which man alters nature.
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Oenone Hammersley was born in England in 1957 and studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art, followed by printmaking at the City Literary Institute. She is a member of Artists for Conservation, the National Association of Women Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Oenone is married and lives in Virginia, U.S.A.
Deriving inspiration from her extensive travels on expeditions to Southeast Asia, India, Africa and Latin America, Oenone is committed to furthering the cause of conservation through her work and involvement with organizations such as The World Land Trust and Fauna and Flora International.
After returning to the United States in 2008, Oenone began working on a collection of semi-abstract oils on canvas. These paintings are unique in style and retain the intense colour of her previous work. The focus of her paintings is our natural resources in particular water. Her recent water paintings are visually stunning and capture intangible moments in time and space. Water in all its depths, complexity and purity is gracefully and elegantly orchestrated. Museum and private acquisitions of Oenone's work include the Shell Museum on Crete, the private collection of the Guggenheim families and HRH Princess Fatima Bint Mubarak of the UAE.
Recent Exhibitions Include:
The Arts Club of Washington DC, Magnificent Trees, May 2013.
Studio Gallery, Washington DC, Mixed Show, November to December 2015.
Watergate Gallery, Washington DC, Mixed Show, January to March 2016.
Saphira and Ventura Gallery, New York, Water Paintings December 2016.
Patrick's Gallery, Washington DC, Water and Wind, November to December 2018.
Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, Water Paintings, April to May 2019.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC, Chroma Art Awards, November to December 2019
LA Art Show, LA USA, Walter Wickiser Gallery booth, 5th to 9th February 2020.
Art on Paper Art Fair, NY USA, Walter Wickiser Gallery booth, 5th to 8th March 2020.