Waves, caught in the moment of gathering or breaking, like the moment between two breaths; dark and light and deep and mysterious. Canvass after canvass by Chloe Elliott, a new addition to our gallery, convey the sense and experience, not just of the sea, but of an entire ocean stored within a single wave. Her aerial paintings seem so powerful and real that they force you to stop and look again – and then again.
Of course, from her Cornish home, Chloe Elliott enjoys an almost unlimited opportunity to study the waves that form and break along the coast. And as a surfer, she actually enters physically into the moving, elemental forms which she then translates into fixed pigments and shapes. Both those things might go just a little way to explaining her unique ability to say, through her painting, something uniquely compelling. But the true explanation, as always, lies in the remarkable talent of the artist herself.
All of which explains why we are so thrilled to include her work at the St. Mawes Gallery.
Elliott is not simply a seascape artist. It isn’t that her paintings appear to move, so much as that they appear to have captured the power of an ocean in a single, frozen moment. And you sense an immensity of movement behind and within them. Time and again they really do achieve the hugely ambitious goal that drives this artist, that of showing, in the artist’s own words, “how a wave can be stopped in time”.