January 16th – February 14th, 2021
Haven Gallery is pleased to present Craww for his second solo show at the gallery entitled, “Woven. “Woven” will consist of nine oil paintings that metaphorically chronicle the passage of life and time for all living things. Poetically painted passages and interconnectedness grace each composition as the artists quintessential females dance and twist à la the Mannerism period, fluidly amalgamating with their environments. An acceptance of the phases of life, spaces we fill and leave, and relationships we create, are highlighted in Craww’s inclusion of the natural world as well as imagery of death and relic. Time in all forms is nodded to as a motif to connect us to the past, present and future, and serve as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all living things, even after passing.
Artist and habitual doodler Craww lives and works just outside of Sheffield, on the edge of the Peak District.
His work plays with the beauty to be found in contradictions and ambiguity – life and death, beauty and decay, strength, fragility, the interplay between conflicting and complementing forces of nature.
It’s an ongoing exploration of a natural world, where his muses are surrounded by flowing lines and natural forms, and where he works to uncover their ambiguous connections and hidden narratives.
Each piece is a story, or an aspect of an unfolding story that writes itself as he works on it. What has happened? Who are these people? What is their story? He aims to create work that is open to interpretation, asks questions and invites involvement rather than providing answers.
Craww’s work creates narratives that are drawn from the beauty to be found in contradictions and ambiguity – life and death, beauty and decay, strength, fragility, the interplay between conflicting and complementing forces of nature.
Weaving together imagery drawn from the natural world, classical architecture and sculpture, the nine new paintings create a world full of intrigue, drawing together different threads of a narrative that explores our connections with nature, the relationships we build and the spaces we create in our passing.