Ptolemy Mann has been creating work from her studio since 1997 creating architectural and chromatic wall based artworks for private, public and corporate clients using her signature hand dyed and woven technique. She has worked as a commercial textile designer producing a range of furnishing fabrics, cushions, bed linen and throws with various brands and retailers. In 2005 Ptolemy launched an architectural colour consulting service. A modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of product and art making combined with intelligent colour theory underpins all of her work both creative and commercial.
Throughout her long career, Ptolemy has been exploring the relationship between colour and white thread and this process she is now translating to working on paper.
The aim is to capture the same immediacy and energy generated in the dye lab as intuitive, colour saturated paintings looking at the relationship between transparency and opacity. Inevitably the language of warp and weft penetrates this work too: bands of vertical and horizontal colour intersect whilst suspended above floating colourfields.
Ptolemy says 'For a long time I've been interested in two specific things: accidental colour and unconscious colour. It transpires that these two ideas; when filtered through the act of painting, reveal a surprising vivacity and capture a dynamic colourful moment. Over the last three years I have been generating these new works whenever (and wherever) I can, using the act of painting as a personal meditative process. These paintings are about how I feel within a certain place at a specific moment. In complete contrast to the exquisite slowness of the woven artworks these paintings are punches of spontaneous, emotional colour.'
We are pleased to present a collection of original works on paper. For framing information and advice please contact us.
** All works are not available to view online - please contact me to receive a PDF of all available works.