"The difficulty of abstract painting has been likened to playing tennis “without the net”. The rule is that there are no rules and so the requirement therefore becomes to “unknow” what one already knows. Instead of producing representations of things that correspond to existing objects in the world, painting becomes the recording of impulse and gesture, that is, a differentiation in focus from the objective to the subjective. If the history of art over the centuries has tended towards the emancipation of form and colour and line and perspective from rote and rule then the complex melding of the decorative forms of pattern from the well spring of the unconscious, mediated through gesture becomes the stuff of art. These paintings exemplify and illustrate this process neatly and purposefully".
"Balbinder Broadbent makes abstract paintings, rich in layers of symbolic colour that reveal and conceal shapes and marks, as though they are emerging from our subconscious or the edges of our vision.
Originally from Leeds, Balbinder graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art, Printmaking from the School of Art & Design in Hull. This was followed by an MA in Fine Art, Painting from the University of East London. She is one of Yorkshire’s most interesting abstract painters and has been a regular exhibitor and prize-winner in the Harrogate Open.
Throughout the last year of lockdown, Balbinder has been creating new paintings which are shown for the first time in this exhibition. She’s chosen to title the exhibition ‘Distillations’ as this period has seen a process of refining and clarifying her signature visual language of distinctive forms and marks. She has also returned to printmaking after a long break, creating a stunning series of monochrome drypoint etchings".
Curator, Harrogate Museums and Arts, Mercer Art Gallery
1996 – 1998 MA Fine Art, University East London, London, UK
1993 – 1996 BA Hons Fine Art, Hull School of Art & Design
1992 – 1993 Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Jacob Kramer College, Leeds, UK
Awards & Nominations:
2021 Painting purchased for the Public Collection, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
2019 2nd Prize Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate
2017 Highly Commended Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate
2010 2nd Prize Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate
1998 UEL Painting Purchase Prize, UEL, London
April 29th 2023 Summer Show Silson Contemporary, Harrogate UK
September 2022 The Mercer Open Exhibiton, Harrogate
June 2022 Leeds Summer Group Show, Leeds Playhouse
May 2022 Summer Show, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate, UK
September 2021 - March 20th 2022 Distillation Solo Exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
August 2021 Showcase Exhibition, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
June 2021 Summer Exhibition, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate
October 2020 Scarborough Art Gallery Curators Choice - showing alongside the New Light Art Prize
August 2019 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK
August 2017 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK
October 2016 Inaugural Show Silson Contemporary, Harrogate UK
August 2014 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK
October 2012 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK
August 2010 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK
August 2008 Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK