Rabley Gallery is delighted to welcome Sarah Gillespie to its fold with meticulously detailed studies of moths, highlighting the diverse and mysterious beauty of these night creatures. From her mezzotint prints the shimmering moths emerge humming from the darkness. The velvet black of the inked paper releases their luminous spirits.
“Misunderstood, overlooked moths are deeply unloved by most humans. Unseen in the dark and dismissed as ‘dull’ in favour of their flashier, diurnal cousins, the butterflies. Moths are in fact more numerous and more varied, are a major part of our biodiversity and hold vital roles in the wildlife ecosystem” Sarah Gillespie
It is the moonlight refracting in the dusty scales of the moth’s wings that reveals their iridescent and intricate patterns. The making of the Mezzotints is synonymous with the surface of the moths. Through this slow and painstaking method, Gillespie draws each moth from the toothed surface of the printing plate by burnishing the light, trapping the detailed pattern, tones and shape into the surface. There are no hard outlines as gradual tones edge to the darkness surrounding them.
Recently larger scale images have emerged, but our introduction is this small and intimate collection of Wessex moths. Like reading Thomas Hardy, you do not have to live in Wessex to love and collect them!
Sarah Gillespie was born in Winchester in 1963. She studied 16th & 17th century methods and materials at the Atelier Neo-Medici in Paris and then read Fine Art at Pembroke College, Oxford (BFA Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art). On leaving She was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation International Award for figurative art and has had a successful career as a painter. In 2016 she was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy.
Her work is held in public and private collections including: Victoria Gallery, Bath; Government Offices for the South West, UK; Royal West of England Academy; Sharpham Trust; Chatsworth House; Museum of Fine Arts, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Note- All prices are for unframed prints unless otherwise stated and subject to availability, some prints are now rare with single or very limited numbers. Inclusive of tax in the UK where applicable.