Journey sees artist return to her roots

An exhibition of 80 paintings by a Nether Kellet artist focusses on a journey from figurative painting towards abstract art.

The journey started in 1975 at Lancaster’s Storey Institute, and the exhibition is currently on display there until April 23.

Aged 19, Judy Slack, now Trescatheric, began a graduate Fine Art course at The Storey, and now almost forty years later she returns with a display of art work based on aspects of the human condition called Human Elements.

Human Elements shows the four stages of the journey towards abstraction.

The first is Judy’s student years at The Storey with a personal symbolism based on aspects of the female condition from a young person’s stance.

Figures and birds are symbolic elements expressing an internal world of feeling and ideas, experience and imagination.

The second is “The Fractals” where the image has been fragmented and reassembled, sometimes based on social themes of the times such as the miners’ conflict. “The visual power” features beauty and mythology of the coastal landscape of North West of England including Morecambe Bay, while “the late years” of semi-abstraction tells personal human stories with meaning but shrouded in mystery through layers of paint with vital areas revealed.

Underlying any possible disquiet in the imagery is the long held belief that the human spirit will always prevail.

The exhibition runs until April 23 in the Storey Gallery.

All proceeds from postcard sales will go to Animal Care charity in Lancaster.