Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts will launch three exhibitions this Friday, 10 March: Life after NYC, Commitment and Suburban Savagery will all be officially opened at 6pm, with artist talks penned in for 10am on Sunday, 12 March.
Life after NYC, an exhibition by friends Rob Douma and Donna Foley, showcases life drawing techniques the pair studied in the Big Apple last year. And while many may first imagine a small Titanic-esque ‘draw me like one of your French girls’ canvas, Rob reveals that the pieces on display will take it to a whole new level.
“I’ll have four major works in this exhibition, with each one being 1.8 x 1.8 metres,” said Rob.
“There are vast differences between mine and Donna’s styles: she has a more contemporary approach, using life drawing as a basis to make prints, whereas I use life drawing to make life drawing.
“New York had a massive impact on my work – it’s a next level environment, where you’re in close proximity with 30+ other artists of a high skill level. It’s a hard program to get into, catering to people at a Masters-level, technically and conceptually.”
Life after NYC will launch alongside Paul Mumme’s Commitment, which uses videos and photos to explore hand manipulation and highlight issues of the human condition; and Al Green’s Suburban Savagery, being his statement on the scourge of family violence.
“I haven’t had a chance to see much of the other exhibitions yet, we’re all madly hanging our own pieces – but there’s definitely a lot of very different things on display by the looks of things,” said Rob.
Catch the launch of Life after NYC, Commitment and Suburban Savagery at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Art this Friday, 10 March, from 6pm.