Life in lockdown has been an exercise in resilience, patience and strength and while isolation has not been easy, it has been incredible to see the dot-art community adapt and overcome the many obstacles caused by COVID-19.
From teaching art classes online to creating unforgettable new bodies of work we are excited to share some of the new collections, exhibitions and projects created during lockdown.
120 Days in Isolation | Hilary Dron | Acrylic on Canvas | £2,900
dot-art member Hilary Dron documented her experience of lockdown through colour, expressing her thoughts and emotions each day to create a poignant image of her time in isolation.
“This painting is my record of 120 days in isolation. Back at the beginning of March when I decided to start shielding I wondered if I would ever feel like painting again. I really wanted to capture the pandemic in some way, so thought about what I really loved about painting, and that distilled into colour in its purest form.
I decided to paint a square of colour for each day spent in isolation – the first days were very dark and fearful, then nothing much seemed to be happening, the colours became brighter. After that we heard daily of friends being seriously ill, friends of friends dying and the death toll rising, and 11 days of dark and muted colours followed.
Spring arrived in the garden and I began painting again, the painted squares became brighter, more hopeful, but still, there were days that I heard of bad news. Towards the end of isolation, I met the family in the garden, joyous colour, my son’s socially distanced birthday, pure cadmium yellow and when Liverpool football team won the Premier League – that square had to be bright red.”
Keeping people connected through art and creativity is important now more than ever. We have put together a collection of work created over the last few months to help lift your spirits and remind you that despite the uncertain situation find ourselves in, we can always find solace and inspiration in art.
Keep your eyes peeled for our new exhibition launching in September showcasing some of the best works created over lockdown from our dot-art members.