Solo exhibition at the Petrovka Studio and Gallery
On a dark Autumn evening, a band of friends and art lovers trekked their way up behind the Monastery on Petrovka to Davina's gallery studio to a welcoming glass of champaign or two. Or three. There were seven paintings about being in Moscow in the night on display in the main area of this amazing studio, and about eight other, older paintings off to the side.
About thirty people came, and seemed to enjoy it, although it is difficult for me to say exactly as I was rather inebriated after about 8 pm. I certainly had a good time. Some sales are apparently happening. What was interesting for me, was that here were people who came to see paintings of the night, at night. People were at first a little surprised to see so many dark pictures, but then as with the real night, there was a space of time whilst the eye acclimatises and all sorts of different tones of dark blue and brown become visible.
There was lots of space around the paintings so they looked completely different in comparison to when they are crammed onto my wall in our flat. Suddenly they came to life.
We talked about the night, how in Moscow, as anywhere, the night can take on a magical quality. People become more open. It can seem as though anything is possible. Colours are different, even the very dark colour between objects where seemingly nothing is going on, the 'negative spaces' becomes charged with energy. Buildings which weigh million of tonnes seem as if they could float off into space. The Master and Margerita can almost bee seen flying off the roof of a block of flats. Here are a few photos from the opening reception.