There is a real contrast in the paintings being shown by Mendham artist Rhonda Whitehead at in exhibition opening on February 18 at the Grapevine Gallery on Unthank Road in Norwich. The flat water scenes she has painted of Norfolk compare with sunburned rocks of Australia and giant anthills, which are seen in the Northern Territory.
Jagged texture and rich colourings create vivid interpretations, which are produced by using oil, applied by card which is then dragged over the work. Sponges are also rolled during the process which gives a softer response on the finished piece.
An Australian by birth, Rhonda has always managed to find time to spend in Norfolk away from her base in London.
With her husband being a keen sailor, it is not surprising that water and some of the wetlands of Norfolk feature in her work. The couple were also instrumental in preventing the 70 acre common at East Ruston from being turned into a golf course.
The exhibition will run from February 18 until March 15 at the gallery which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5.30pm and from 11am to
5pm on Sundays.
|Green Hundred Stream is one of the paintings by Rhonda Whitehead from a show opening on February 18 at the Grapevine Gallery In Norwich.|
Mary Rudd, Eastern Daily Press, 2003, February 10th