Exhibition Trappings,


Jonathan Smart Gallery

Within this exhibition, Le Lievre presents four slightly different threads of visual research – bodies of work related via their maker’s wonderful feel for colour and her equally admirable control of touch. Though, to call her touch controlled is perhaps misleading. In the Interior Motifs works for example, Le Lievre pours oil paint, then trails graphite lines with an intent that is both careful and full of play. The combination can be breathtaking. The result: a series of seemingly random meetings between pigment and casual line within the visual field which comprises each painting. That field is quite contained – contained within an oil medium carefully prescribed on a ground of Le Lievre’s signature duck-egg blue. The base is quiet and flat. Line and colour sing upon it, laced variously into, over and around the other within shallow space.