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From Three Lines


“[Calinescu’s] paintings have purity and serenity in their tensions and resolutions. They imply the complexities and dynamics of human feeling. Like the musical compositions of Arvo Part……Calinescu’s paintings employ apparently simple means to achieve these highly expressive effects”. Nigel Warburton, 2003 

The Stephen Lacey Gallery is proud to announce Alex Calinescu’s first solo show in this country. From Three Lines comes at an exciting and defining point in the development of her painting. Calinescu has refined the elements of her painting, so achieving an abstract simplicity of image and an articulate language of mark making. 

Calinescu works primarily in series. Each inpidual painting is complete in itself, a work in its own right, to be appreciated alone as well as understood within the extended series. This is equally true whether she is working on a small or large scale; her small paintings inform her large paintings and vice versa. Nigel Warburton writes of the distinctive qualities of her large paintings as having “a profundity and power that resonates in the memory long after leaving the gallery” whilst her small paintings are more intimate, “their marks often suggesting fragility and vulnerability in ways impossible on a larger scale”. 

Calinescu was born in 1967 in Cambridge, England. She studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School and then as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy during which time Basil Beattie and Sandra Blow both played an important role in the development of her work. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Richard Ford Travel Award, the David Murray Travel Scholarship (twice), the Landseer Scholarship and the Vincent Harris Award. Calinescu has exhibited widely since leaving the Academy, in the UK and Japan, and her work is to be found in private collections and in corporate collections such as the Bank of England. 

Calinescu is of Romanian descent, her grandfather was Armand Calinescu the Prime Minister of Romania until 1939. From Three Lines will tour to Romania in the Spring of 2004 beginning at the National Museum of Modern Art in Bucharest in April. The exhibition is sponsored by the British Council. 

The Gallery is publishing a dual English/Romanian text catalogue with an introduction by Nigel Warburton.