If you get a chance to visit, Anita Taylor’s major solo show at the Customs House Gallery in South Shields has just opened, and will run until November 12th.
‘Anita Taylor makes figurative paintings and drawings that explore identity, emotion and narratives. For her, drawing is a fundamental discipline for creative development and it is used as a means to encounter and examine the world. DRAWN provides the opportunity to view the range of Anita Taylor’s drawing practice and includes work spanning the last two decades, from Seeing Something Else  to her most recent works, the Witness series .
These charcoal drawings have formed a continuous strand within her practice for over 30 years. Often using herself as the model, they are not self-portraits in the traditional sense, but use the figure as a vehicle for evoking complex and universal feelings; the viewer becomes complicit in each piece as it mirrors their own mood or preoccupations. The ink drawings explore more expansive themes of mythic narrative and support the development of her large-scale painting, for example, the tale of Tristan and Yseut in the A mon seul desir: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and Sixth Sense [2005-6] series.
This exhibition is presented in two parts; the ink drawings exhibited in the Upper Fusion Space whilst the main Gallery will present an extended series of monumental charcoal self-portrait drawings.’