Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA

Five Exhibitions To See In London In February 2024

Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA
10th January 2024 – 17th February, 2024
Flowers Gallery
21 Cork Street

Flowers Gallery is delighted to present Irish painter Diana Copperwhite’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. This selection of new paintings marks an extension of the artist’s lauded use of abstraction to explore notions of memory and perception against the visual chaos of twenty-first century life.

Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA
Diana Copperwhite, Onomatopoeia, installation II, Flowers Cork Street, 2024, (c) Diana Copperwhite, photograph by Antonio Parente

The exhibition shares its title with Copperwhite’s touring show that took place at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick and Galway International Arts Festival between March and July 2023. Painting for Copperwhite is a means of systematizing information, which she describes as “giving the unseen world visual form.” Derived from her lifelong interest in chemistry and physics, she visualises the canvas as a kind of “notational system”. Her distinctive, undulating, kinetic streaks of colour appear at once autonomous, like light through a prism, and diagrammatic, as if mapping and charting forces invisible to the naked eye.

Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA
Diana Copperwhite, Nora, (Notes on Lightness, Notes on Darkness), 2023, Oil on linen, 24 x 18 cm,
(c) Diana Copperwhite, courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Four large new paintings Disjointed Entropy, Neural, Morocco and Seclusion (all 2023) are expansive, theatrical manifestations of these ideas – at three metres wide they constitute, Copperwhite reflects, “their own environments.” Her lyrical and dynamic textural forms are articulated with a brush or knife, giving the surface of the work an almost architectural quality. In part a reaction to the grey weather of her Irish home, her approach to colour is equally expressive, demonstrating her proclivity towards bold hues in the pulsating rainbows of Seclusion, moody blues of Neural and dynamic pinks of Morrocco.

Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA
Diana Copperwhite, Disjointed Entropy, 2023, Oil on canvas, 223 x 335 cm, (c) Diana Copperwhite, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, photograph by Antonio Copperwhite

A series of accompanying smaller paintings titled Notes on Lightness, Notes on Darkness feature faceless figures, painted with colour bands across their faces, both reflecting the dematerialisation of individual identity in an increasingly technological world and stressing the persistence of human presence.

Diana Copperwhite: ONOMATOPOEIA opens on the 10th of January 2024 until the 17th of February, 2024 at Flowers Gallery

©2024 Diana Copperwhite