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NoonPowell Fine Art

United Kingdom

NoonPowell Fine Art is a prestigious contemporary art gallery based in London. It focuses on representing diverse award-winning international artists. They provide a platform for talent to showcase their unique and beautiful artwork. NoonPowell curates exhibitions and showcases a wide range of artistic styles and media.

NoonPowell is based in London, a city known for its vibrant art scene and rich cultural heritage, attracting art lovers, collectors and connoisseurs from all over the world. Galleries like NoonPowell play a vital role in fostering artistic dialogue, creating opportunities for artists and promoting artistic excellence. They open up new perspectives and push the boundaries of contemporary art.

At ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 2023, NoonPowell will present works by Rick Stevens and Alexandra Eldridge.

- a collaborative project by Rick Stevens and Alexandra Eldridge

Rick Stevens and Alexandra Eldridge were both professional artists for decades before starting a life together in 2009. This is the first time they have worked together as a couple.
Alexandra's work is full of literary references and allusions to myths, archetypes and fairy tales. She uses symbolic, dream-like imagery to stimulate the imagination, while landscapes run through Rick's work. His compositions range from stylised representations to more abstract images, but always maintain a mystical approach - evoking both the seen and unseen worlds with his vocabulary of forms and vibrant colours.
Alexandra and Rick's works overlap in their adherence to the tradition of visionary art. Here a dialogue with the eternal oscillates between the visible and invisible worlds. The artists live and work in New Mexico, USA.

Rick Stevens

Rick Stevens' painting practice combines his interest in nature and science. His mystical approach to abstraction transcends the boundaries of direct representation to illuminate his own experiences of the natural world.
Stevens' work is influenced by Eastern philosophies, the concepts of uncertainty and fluidity associated with quantum physics, and the 19th-century American writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, whose philosophy of Transcendentalism emphasised intuition over logic while maintaining a deep appreciation of nature.

Rick Stevens is also inspired by a number of British landscape painters such as Fred Cuming and Tom Fairs. Exploring the possibilities of colour, light, texture and space, he describes his work as a process of "projecting an intention and then letting go of fixed ideas". He interprets the landscape with varying degrees of abstraction using a variety of media including oil paint, oil pastel, wax, gold leaf, sand, gauze and burlap. He often works directly in the landscape, en plein air, which he says gives him a particular dynamism.
In his practice he has developed a familiar visual vocabulary of shapes and patterns derived from the natural world, but also suggesting something beyond what is visible to the naked eye.
Through them he seeks to make visible the underlying structure of the world around us, fusing the tangible with the expression of the imperceptible, revealing in colour the transcendent energies that engage us all in what Stevens calls 'an endless cosmic dance'.

Alexandra Eldridge

Alexandra Eldridge explores the great themes of life - consciousness and unconsciousness, fear and love, memory and dreams - through ethereal realism.
The artist is known for working with unconventional materials such as vintage photographs, Venetian plaster, antique manuscripts and other fragments and ephemera - in a recent work, turn-of-the-century glass negatives serve as a stage upon which she weaves meaning. From the sparse imagery of a bygone era, she extracts a recipe of spirituality, poetry, mythology and mysticism. Using zoomorphic tropes, her paintings become journeys of exploration into the innate connection between animal and human. The gaze of our ancestors merges with the dignified and respectful gaze of majestic animals, unleashing a theatre of seduction and endless imagination. But there is also an unsettling duality that reminds us of the transience and fragility of our own lives and dreams.

In a process of mapping and layering meanings, Eldridge draws on a variety of literary and philosophical sources, including C.G. Jung's psychoanalysis, Merlin's prophecy, the writings of the Spanish Counter-Reformation mystic John of the Cross, and the poetry of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Elliot, Rainer Maria Rilke and the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Eldridge uses these literary influences as a starting point to reflect on the supremacy of the emotions and the power of the imagination in creating a higher state of being.

In the early 1970s, Eldridge co-founded Golgonooza, an artists' community in Athens, Ohio, based on the philosophies of the visionary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). Blake's influence is evident in Eldridge's work, particularly in her vocabulary of mysterious visual metaphors: a constellation of personal symbols, often drawn from dreams, including feet, clothes, ladders, houses, swings, hourglasses, eggs, birds, rabbits and deer.
Oscillating between the seen and the unseen, the personal and the universal, Eldridge's poetic and tender images celebrate contradiction, paradox and the abandonment of reason in a place that artist Adam Fuss has described as "on the periphery of knowledge".