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Madge Gill retrospective starts at Orleans House Gallery this week
Mazy ink paintings with glittering, hallucinatory qualities by Madge Gill will go on display Orleans House Gallery this month.
With no training or aspirations of fame and glory, Gill produced thousands of paintings before she died in 1961.
The major retrospective exhibition, starting on October 6, will feature more than 100 original and contextual photographs and documents.
She worked mainly on paper, card and textiles with her work ranging from the size of a postcard to more than 10 metres long.
The focal point of the exhibition will be the Crucifixion of the Soul, which has not been on display in the UK since 1979.
The calico is inscribed with the artist’s doodle-like drawings and is testament to Gill’s commitment to creativity.
Gill’s work has been included in previous Orleans House Gallery Outsider and Visionary art exhibitions, the Tate Gallery, and most recently at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Museum of Everything and Nunnery Gallery.
Coun Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council cabinet member for environment, said: “It is a truly breathtaking exhibition I urge as many people as possible to come along and enjoy this wonderful artwork.”
The exhibition is supported by the council and the Wellcome Trust, a global human and animal health charity.
Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary; Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham; October 5, to January 26; open Tuesday to Saturday 1pm-4.30pm, Sunday 2pm-4.30pm; admission free.
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