"When the mind is silent the heart begins to speak."
Awareness of the breath is key to stilling the mind. Whilst painting, each brushstroke is made with a conscious breath. Empty of self it is both an assertion and a negation. An assertion through the very act of making a mark, yet a negation through the conscious breath. Building layer upon layer, each brushstroke cancels out the previous one. A cycle of being and becoming, one conscious breath after another.
Whilst attention is placed on the breath, it is the interaction of the natural materials that determines the outcome of the painting. This changes depending on the choice of canvas/ linen used, the particular dilution of paint and the type of brush applied.
Working only with natural materials- wood, cotton canvas, linen, and oil paint, these works will naturally decompose and return back to the earth.
These are meditative works, a place to come back to ourselves, to our true nature."
Lulu Manasseh, June 2021
Lulu Manasseh is a British artist/maker living in London, England.
Lulu studied at Wimbledon School of Art and then went on to Leeds Metropolitan University completing a Bachelor of Arts in 3-Dimensional Design.
She was awarded ‘Young Designer of the Year,’ by the Royal Society of Arts in 1992. With the travel bursary she travelled and explored the art and cultures of South America, India and parts of Asia.
In 2016 Lulu's paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for the Summer Exhibition, and was shortlisted in 2019. In 2018 Lulu had her first solo show at Gallery Elena Shchukina in Mayfair, London.