Internationally acclaimed artist Belinda Eaton exhibited her recent paintings in October at Canvas Gallery, Karachi.
For Eaton, her paintings are her world, her fascination for people, plants, animals and colour. They are how she perceives things with all their energy expressed through colour, paint and the power of the brush stroke.
A look at Belinda Eaton’s work shows a magical realism of portraits. In her distinctive artistic style, she shows intimacy, harmony and an amazing expression on her subjects. Her paintings have a unique narrative that is only for the audience to decipher.
Eaton’s interpretation of the portrait demonstrates the new use of the genre that highlights the artist’s own aesthetic concerns. Extraordinary and unconventional, her portraits are alluring to the eye and have a candid feel to them that also signifies the rarity of her paintings.
With attention to body language, the ambiance and the aura around the figures, Eaton weaves striking patterns, motifs and cultural emblems that offer an exceptional description.
There is much emphasis on the face itself. Her renaissance series of a girl and a boy depict clear facial expression that seems to be cognizant with the outer world. She reinstates the character’s personality through appending elements of objects, attire designs and specific colours and motifs that institutes the identity as well.
One of the prominent features in her work is the intricate use of massive tattoo designs that makes the body of the character prominent and an amazing work of art. The tattoos are mostly floral, however a striking image of an animal is visible in some.
Various feelings can be seen on her subjects including loneliness, doubt, anger, desire and confusion. The facial expression she paints is vivid enough to bring out the clarity of the face and links it to its unique characteristic and lifestyle. She places humans in peculiar settings that give a dramatic background details including daily use objects such as table cloth, edible stuff, bottles, glasses, and cutlery and precisely floor patterns and wall textures. All her paintings have a vibrant background with floral and geometrical prints that take inspiration from nature itself.
Belinda Eaton is a British artist born in the Sixties in Mombasa, Kenya. She lived in London, New York, France, Karachi, Barcelona and is currently living and painting between England and Andalucia, Spain. With a B.A. at St. Martin’s School of Art and a post graduate from the Central School of Art in London, Eaton’s magic realism paintings and portraits evoke a world of colour, vivid characters, swirling spaces, uncontained energy that can’t be trapped by the limits of the canvas, images constantly on the move, living life, dancing, drinking, and eating. Within the canvas there are no boundaries of subject, perspective or reality, just the borrowings from all that she has been exposed to.