Title:  Abstract Landscape 1
Description: Oil on canvas
Artist: Sian Van Driel

Ceramicist and landscape painter Sian was born in the UK and spent her childhood in Canada and Italy, she now lives and works at the centre of the South Downs National Park, West Sussex, England.

Her workplace, in an old barn, is surrounded by ancient fields and woodland with the river Arun flowing through.  Sian is deeply immersed in her environment responding to its rhythms, seasons and sounds beneath wide-open Sussex skies.

Sian says, "What I am trying to do, in some way, is to capture what I feel is just beyond capturing - the sense of infinity, permanence, and space and to then express that feeling on clay and canvas".

And Sian's ceramics, within their simplicity of form, do give a sense of spaciousness, distance, the sky, a chalk landscape, and wind through the grass with her restrained use of mark making and colour pigments.  By keeping it simple she manages to express a great deal.

Last year Sian visited Japan and brought back a selection of Japanese pigments which she has used with her usual sensitivity in this body of work.

Sian graduated in 1982 with BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design & Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design. She has exhibited in Germany, Spain, Canada, Hungary, Japan and the U.K.




Cecilia Colman Gallery 67 St Johns Wood High Street London NW8 7NL - 020 7722 0686