2014 - DIANA RATTRAY

>Time Passed By Unnoticed<

 


        Diana Rattray, "Lavender Blue", Pastell, 117 x 169 cm
 
      Private View: Thursday Sept. 11. 2014, 7:00-9:30pm
      Exhibition Dates: 
Friday Sept. 12. – Saturday Oct. 25., 2014
      Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 2pm–6pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, 


Contemplate a Diana Rattray picture and something quite odd happens. In the first few seconds, one fancies one is looking at an old photograph and, in turn, being catapulted by it into another world, a different time, another context. Rattray’s style is quite her own, a blend of tradition, individuality and objectivity drawing its inspiration from the 1950s to the 1990s as transmitted through snaps from English and German photo albums. The artist’s own reading of this historical pictorial matrix is highly realistic and she interprets it in the same vein. With the requisite pinch of irony, however, she lends for example, the positivism of the 1950s a twist with situations as the outcome that may be comic, awry or eccentric and quirky.
The world of Diana Rattray’s pictures is peopled by figures the types of which will be familiar to everyone – people at family celebrations, children in their Sunday best, families on day-trips – events recorded in order to have remembrance of this special day or that one moment on tap at any time. But it is not the idyll of the family that interests Rattray. The fascination lies in the people depicted, their situation behind the picture and their lot after the picture. Some of the people in Rattray’s pastel works seem to be adopting poses. They suspend what they are doing, face the viewer and lay on a smile in the knowledge that it will be recorded. The smile conditioned for the purpose is a preoccupation in this artist’s work. It is a smile that only takes place on the surface and reveals nothing about a person’s inner being.
 
out of Diana Rattray  , "I See You In Far Away Places"