Escape from Reality

January 27th 2020 – March 14th 2020

Grierson Galleries at the Hive, 19 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF


Three established female creators with their own unique visual sense of reality. Three artists include: Brenda Hartill, Adele Love and Kaija Bulbrook in this extraordinary expression of art

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality” Pablo Picasso

Picasso describes his own attitude towards abstract art as an artistic journey. Abstract is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. It is an ‘Escape from Reality’.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else. The term can be applied to art that is based on an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified. It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality.

Since the early 1900s, abstract art in all its guises has formed a central core to modern art. In this exhibition three women artists, who all specialize in abstract art demonstrate their unique and vivid approach to the genre.

Three established female artists, but who all use the landscape as a common thread, something you can witness when you browse from one to the other.

Brenda Hartill’s pictures are full of her rich imagery and energy. Her work explores the texture, pattern and light of the landscape, and ranges from finely drawn figurative works to bold, heavily embossed abstract images. For the past 10 years she has been most interested in drawing abstract imagery from the landscape, rugged mountain erosion, structure of the land and the dynamics of plant growth.

Adèle Love who has exhibited across the UK since graduating in Fine Art in 1999 also reflects the landscape in her paintings. Her fine art training demanded that she give meaning and dialogue to her work but now she focuses on the deeply personal subconscious process of painting allowing the viewer to engage in the way that has meaning for them. Like many abstract painters she paints spontaneously laying colour down, working the surface until forms emerge that inform her of the direction the painting will take.

Kaija Bulbrook makes up our three abstract artists. A Kent established artist who has paintings in collections in Australia, North America and Europe. Kaija’s primary interest is in the play of colours, shapes and textures and their relationship to each other. The painting is an end in itself and the subject matter is of secondary importance.

‘Escape from Reality’ is a highly unusual, cutting-edge exhibition that pushes the imagination and the visual figurative.

All are welcome to an Open Art Viewing on

Saturday 1st February from 4 – 7pm