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The Sunday Times, Style, 12th July, 2015

Barbara Hoogeweegan - 'Inevitable'




The Crwford Arts Review, 17th May, 2014

Barbara Hoogeweegan - 'Inevitable'

Barbara Hoogeweegen's paintings, based on photographs she has taken of her subjects, seem to deal with the unsaid, perhaps the unsayable.

On the surface, they are well executed, small-sized (average dimensions 32 x 26 cm) works of mothers and their mostly teenage children in the idealized urban setting of Notting Hill. Using oil on board and a subdued palette, the artist shows us the immaculate interiors, the well-groomed Tabithas and Justinians, the light pouring in at well-scrubbed windows, the family dog – and yet.

Underlying all this, written in to the calmly worked brush strokes, there is loss, whether by death (mother or child) or parting (grown up child leaving home, parents getting divorced). 

Hoogeweegen achieves this by overpainting sections of her child figures so that they appear to fade into the background. It suggests too that the mother figure might already be starting to calibrate the days before her child will be wholly gone.

The paintings depict happiness certainly –- mother and daughter holding hands, heads together on a sofa, everything that parental love, Notting Hill and good schools can bestow. But what are we to make of the school satchel on its own, the abandoned toys, the set of Russian Dolls where the final, smallest one of the four has faded until only the pale outline remains? And what of the mother whose arms hold an almost bleached-out baby who seems to be reaching out through a window to the blue sky beyond?
The hang is awkward, a two-tiered arrangement that makes the top tier difficult to see. Perhaps the unsayable here is also the untouchable, the pain of child loss too great to confront directly.

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Notting Hill Post, 25th April, 2014

Barbara Hoogeweegan's New Works

Local artist Barbara Hoogeweegen (Prideaux) has produced a set of new works which continues her series of shows exploring relationships and disconnection between people. Hoogeweegen’s last show was called Face which she says is: “About how people represent themselves on Facebook and the idea that people are reaching out from a place of isolation to connect with people.” Another show was called ‘Eye Am’, a collection of portraits from from stills to illustrate the range of emotions that exist between people and this latest set of paintings is called Inevitable, about children leaving home. It is partly autobiographical as her own daughter is about to leave home and all the images are of  local mothers with one of their children fading into the background.  Hoogeweegen says: “It’s about time passing, nostalgia and childhood.”  She has used old broken up frames to add to that sense of time and history. They are brilliant. Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 5th-24th May.

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BBC News, 2nd September, 2010

Art students transform lifts at Kennington Underground

Panels normally used for adverts are being used to display the art. Two lifts at a south London Underground station have been transformed into a public art gallery. Students from the City and Guilds of London Art School have used 20 A1-sized panels inside the lifts, usually used for adverts, to display their work.

The 'Art Lift' has been organised by art agency Art Below which comes up with new ways to display art in public spaces in London.
The artwork will be on display at Kennington station until 12 September.

Students at the City and Guilds art school are taught the traditions of painting, sculpture and printmaking within a contemporary context.
The public art display coincides with the Cleaver Square-based school's fine art show next week.

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