February 17th 1984 Arts Guardian

by Waldema Januszczak

For a complete and welcome contrast, around the corner at the Paton Gallery, Rhonda Whitehead fills the gallery with natural light rather than natural darkness.

A dazzling series of paintings in which yellow seems the dominant colour takes us outdoors into the fields where the light is so bright that the artist appears to be squinting. Specific shapes have blurred. Ploughed furrows divide the fields into bands of pure colour. These delight­ful landscapes are left shimmering in the divide between abstraction and figuration.