Places: Lost and Found

an exhibition by Bet Mishra

About the artist

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Bet is a self taught artist with a lifelong love of art history.  She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and, having worked in the NHS for many years, decided to go back to her passion and has been exhibiting and selling her work for the last seven years. Bet's aim was to begin a fine art degree last year but this has been interrupted due to the current crisis, she hopes to get back to in the next year. 

 

Born in India Bet has lived in England since early childhood. She has lived in London for most of her adult life and says "I love the views across the Thames at almost any point, historical, industrial and rural.  In particular I enjoy the possibilities of layering colour to represent the industrial and modern building heritage along the Thames as at Greenwich and Deptford.  Like many artists before me, I keep coming back to the views across bridges and buildings with the river as a constant."

Bet's work is influenced by expressionist, abstract and gestural artists such as Andre Derain, Odilon Redon and Auguste Macke. She uses colour and form to define every day objects, landscapes and cityscapes. "Working intuitively, I enjoy allowing the accidental to bring excitement to my paintings, often working on several canvases at a time and moving between them to keep things fresh. I use acrylics and watercolour and enjoy the layering afforded by collage and monoprinting."

Places: lost and found

During London's lockdowns there was nothing for us to do but walk the streets of our city and take pleasure in the contrast of our urban and natural surroundings. This was exactly what Bet did and what inspired this exhibition - the paintings depict places that Bet discovered within her own city and also those special places that she could no longer visit and missed. Bet describes the exhibition as a way of 'celebrating the every day in a wonderful city like London.' She also says it's about showing her appreciation for our industrial heritage and one of her favourite privileges that come with living in London - the river Thames. 

Starting with a non-blank canvas Bet likes to lay down a bright and vivid colour first to get her going and lead the inspiration of what is to come. She then creates a rough outline of the cityscape, building up colour and texture using large brushes and paddles and a mix of acrylic and watercolour paints. 

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The additional paintings that can be viewed on the bottom slideshow are also being exhibited at Hatcham House.

A percentage of all sales will be donated towards a charity or charitable cause of Bet's choice. 

If you are interested in viewing the exhibition in person or buying any of the paintings please email info@hatchamhouse.com

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