An exhibition at the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall in November and December by the Artist Bob Aldous examines the relationship between Painting and Music. It is a celebration of both art forms and recognises the ability of aesthetics and harmony to lift the human spirit.
This exhibition celebrates the long tradition of synaesthesia and how visual art has a link to the auditory senses; a tradition that spans from ancient Greek Pythagoras through to Kandinsky and the birth of Modern Abstract Painting.
The exhibited paintings are interspersed with quotes by Yehudi Menuhin together with philosophical reflections
The paintings by Bob Aldous are on silk and show influences from both western abstraction and eastern ink painting. They are inspired by the effect of light on water. He equates musical harmony with the dynamism and multi-layered perception found in different states of water- from the crashing of waves of the sea to the peaceful reflections found in a clear mountain pool.
“By changing one’s focus and looking through the surface reflection in water you become aware of the river’s transparency. Symbolically, the moving surface relates to the ever-changing present moment and the transparent depths symbolise memory and myth”. Bob Aldous
Yehudi Menuhin was not only a virtuoso violinist but also a dedicated philanthropist and visionary.
“Music creates order out of chaos; for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”- Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin believed that Art and Music can inspire and awaken compassion and heightened spiritual awareness. It is in this spirit of harmony that the Artist Bob Aldous was inspired to create canvases using his unique visual vocabulary.
With the emphasis on the sublime and spiritual enlightenment the exhibition “Dance conducted by Music’s Light” offers an inspiring and fitting end to the Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary Year.