An exhibition of work by Mary Rodriguez Thomas and Nanette Greenblatt
Mary Rodriguez Thomas and Nanette Greenblatt met at a life drawing class in South London through which they discovered they shared a common process of using drawing from life as a starting point for new images to emerge and hence this show came about.
Mary Rodriguez Thomas studied Fine Art at Birmingham, Coventry and the Royal College of Art. She works in a variety of media, including printmaking in its many forms – etching, linocuts, lithography, monoprints, drawing with charcoal, paint and work on textiles. Her recent work involves collaging together elements of her work from these different media, combining life drawings with monoprints, blurring the boundaries between the different practices and playing with the shapes and colours that are thrown up. Drawing is the backbone of her artistic process, from life drawing to observational sketches of the urban environment, and she enjoys working these into more abstract imagery and compositions.
Nanette Greenblatt studied at Wimbledon School of Art, specialising in painting. Since leaving college she has been engaged in painting to commission. From murals in public spaces such as Center Parcs and Brasserie Blanc to backdrops for bands, including for Prince, to scenic art for Lords Cricket Ground and Hard Rock Café. In the last six years she has been exhibiting her paintings in self-curated shows under the Carleton-Greenblatt umbrella. She is interested in colour and its effect on wellbeing, natural forms and movement. She allows her images to emerge through a process of drawing and painting on paper. These are collaged together to discover shapes, forms, textures, light and space. She then paints on canvas using these as working drawings.