Kate Pugsley‘s paintings are naïve and have that outsider, folksy aesthetic. This style, or rather temperament, is something I’m deeply attracted to, it’s almost as if the artist has an innate openness, a willingness and translates that into painting in the most simplest of ways, using the most basic of techniques; flat colours, lack of perspective, the brushstrokes utilitarian. In an age of post-ironic, cynical, overtly clever, inside out and round about art it’s a joy to come across pictures that stand up and proclaim an alternative vision.
Here’s what Pugsley has to say about her work:
In my work I enjoy creating a narrative that is often both specific and ambiguous. Small things, like glimpsing an interesting colour combination on the street or simply seeing something out of the ordinary inspire me to make my art. My favourite mediums are oil paints, watercolours, gouache and cut paper. I am a fan of Iris Murdoch books, vintage postage stamps, knitting and coincidences.
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