Charles Nodrum Gallery has shown a number of Janet Dawson’s works in group exhibitions over the years, and this marks the artist’s first solo show with the gallery. Dawson has been painting clouds since she was a child. She looks at clouds with the interested eye of the collector or the searching gaze of one looking for a friend in a crowd.
It’s difficult not to think of Hamlet poking gentle fun at Polonius’s ability (and ours) to interpret shapes so variously.
… yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
…. tis most like a camel, indeed.
… Methinks it is like a weasel.
… It is backed like a weasel.
… Or like a whale?
… Very like a whale.
Tempting though this may be, it should never distract from the deftness of the graphic touch and the almost mesmerising fascination we all experience when gazing at clouds.
Exhibition opens: 4–6pm Saturday 7 March 2020