Yvette Colton's SALA exhibition, 'Timeless Beauty' will be calling Lake Breeze home until September 5.
Here's an insight to the very talented Yvette...
Having been immersed in art by her art teacher mother since childhood, Adelaide-based artist Yvette Colton specialises in figure studies and portraits. Her preferred mediums include acrylics and charcoal.
Using expressionist and impressionist styles of painting, Yvette portrays the beauty of the female form in classical dramatic poses, and captures the glamour and classical beauty of women of a bygone era in her portraits.
She adopts a more realistic painting style in her fruit still life paintings, exploring their colour, tone, form and texture through intensive studies of her own photographs.
Yvette regularly attends life drawing classes for inspiration and has honed her skills attending a number of short and intensive courses at the Adelaide Central School of Art including courses in expressionist portrait painting and figure painting.
Yvette has previously exhibited at exhibitions including the Greenhill Gallery (held at Penny’s Hill Winery), Blackwood and Victor Harbor Rotary art show, cafes in Angaston and Port Adelaide and was a resident artist with her sister Julia Colton at the Chilli Art Design Gallery in Blackwood.
Timeless Beauty Exhibition - themes
As my first solo exhibition and part of this year’s SALA festival, I have developed a collection exploring the theme of “Timeless Beauty”. To me “Timeless Beauty” includes beauty in classical and natural forms which I have portrayed in my paintings of classical nudes, sultry portraits and tantalising fruit.
I have drawn inspiration from feminine muses, glamorous vintage film stars, and the fresh produce around me. In my figure studies, I have painted with a paper towel, sponge and used brushwork to create texture and a “looseness” in capturing the essence of feminie curves. Using an expressionist style, my portraits aim to depict the glamour, style and grace of classical beauties. My fruit still life paintings are a new approach for me where I have adopted a more realistic style but have enjoyed melding this with techniques such as dotting and splattering paint to capture tone and texture.
Further to the theme of beauty withstanding the test of time, my colour palette is inspired by the hues of rust and tarnished copper (green oxidisation) in many paintings as well as regal colours of gold and royal blue. I have framed a number of my nude and portrait paintings in ornate rustic frames, a number of which I have painted myself to have an old world feel.
The exhibition includes over 20 paintings, as well as limited edition wood prints of charcoal drawings and cards featuring my paintings.
Charities of choice:
10% of my earnings from the exhibition will go to:
Support Act – Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief and mental health and wellbeing services to artists, crew and music workers who are doing it tough.
Backpack Bed - Giving dignity to homeless people without shelter by supplying backpacks with storage that roll out into an all-weather protected bed.
This is to do my part in assisting the suffering arts industry that brings an intangible but immensely valuable contribution to our joy and wellbeing.
Being a city worker, I see homelessness increasing and feel for them deeply, particularly given the recent severe weather. For those that fall outside the net of support services, these backpacks provide critical shelter and dignity.