Artist in Focus: Cynthia Poole

Examining consumerism with nostalgia
March 9, 2016
Displaced Mints II by Cynthia Poole
Displaced Mints II by Cynthia Poole

Quick Review
Born: 
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Work: 
Striking and bold, many of Cynthia Poole’s paintings take food packaging, sweet wrappers and chocolate bars as their subject matter; often with a warm nostalgia for the 70s and 80s confectionery.

"I love the strident objects and carnival colours of everyday things in our riotously competitive urban environment, and celebrate them in my work."

 

- Cynthia Poole.

Cynthia Poole examines the forms, surfaces, and signage of everyday objects in their normal contexts and environments. She seeks out brands which are contemporary and iconic. The products depicted - a tin of beans, a bottle of vinegar, Nestle chocolate bars - are mass-market consumer items, recognisable to everyone. 

Domestic objects are richly informative about their pictorially absent owners. The pyrex jug is a good example of one of her speaking objects: much more than a container for liquid, the markings imply some strenuous culinary activity, the shape indicates lifting and pouring, and the logo shows it to be a mass-produced, commercial item. Its transparency is also informative and transformative on objects behind, refracting their substance. In some of her paintings, the narrative possibilities of such objects are extended towards allegory. 

 

'Wickedly Smooth Chocolate' - Acrylic on canvas 56 x 72cm

 

         

'Foil Seadled' - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120cm                           'Shards' - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76cm

 

'Kitkat Chunky' - Acrylic on linen 91 x 75cm

 

For more information on any of these artworks contact us on 020 7730 7656 or email Rosie at rosie@plusonegallery.com.

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