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Quipus and the Art of Meditation

Added: (Fri Jul 27 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - This September, Collins & Hastie will be flooded with South American colour and vibrancy as the Peruvian artist, Tove Gambetta de Gillham brings about 26 new paintings to the Chelsea gallery space.
A student of meditation with an interest in Gnosticism, Tove's esotericism is reflected in her art. Although explosively colourful, the meaning of the work is far from literal.
This show Quipus and the Art of Meditation makes a connection between the visual language of paint and the Quipus, Inca artifacts comprised of knotted lengths of cord or wool, believed to be ancient communication systems. The stories, laws, messages or figures represented by different colours and intervals have been lost or forgotten; yet their communicative nature still reaches out to modern observers.
Tove feels that this notion is inherent to her art, saying "I paint the feelings that come through meditation but which I can not express as words. Sometimes the meaning is not clear even for myself at first, but always I know that what I have created is from a part of me that speaks a kind of inner language".
Born in Peru, Tove lived in Miami, Buenos Aires and Venezuela before moving to London seven years ago. She exhibited this year at The Art Attack Project in Hoxton Square and she is exhibiting at the 21st Suffragettes show in Brooklyn, New York. This is Tove's first solo exhibition and marks the launch of her highly individual painting style on the international art scene. The show is supported by the Embassy of Peru.
Dates: 6-12 September 2001
Venue: Collins & Hastie, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ    
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. and Saturday 11:00 to 16:00
Tube: Sloane Square
Tel: (020) 7351 4292
Private View: 6th September 2001, 18:00 to 20:00 hrs, in the company of the Embassy of Peru.

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