SONG - 10TH SEPTEMBER – 6TH OCTOBER 2018
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‘Song’ brings together new work by a range of contemporary artists working in painting, mixed media, printmaking and ceramics.
The exhibition includes artist’s currently represented by Churchgate Gallery, along with artist’s who will be exhibiting here for the first time.
‘Song’ is open until 6th October (open Monday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5:30pm)
REBECCA BROMLEY – SUE CALCUTT – ANN FARLEY – VAL GEORGE – MIRANDA JOHNSTON
JOE LAWRENCE – GAVIN LOCKHEART – SALLY MUIR – CORNELIA O’DONOVAN – LOUISE WAUGH
Rebecca’s inspiration comes from many places, but often it is stories and people from her own imagination which are infused into her depictions of the real world around her. Capturing her environment is the starting point for her paintings, which are then inhabited and transformed. She works in layers with crayons, oil pastels, acrylic paint and tissue paper, scratching through to reveal colours and light. Rebecca graduated with a BA in Illustration having studied at Chelsea College of Art and Kingston University.
Miranda Johnston takes animals and objects out of their natural context, isolating them in flat, vividly coloured spaces, to intensify their beauty and fascination. She is inspired by the landscape of Exmoor, where she loves to walk and explore.
“I love the sense of isolation and space of Exmoor and the fast changing weather patterns and light. Often on my walks I have fleeting interactions with animals and birds where momentarily our paths cross and for only a brief moment we might stand and watch each other before going on our way. I try to capture these moments of intense mutual scrutiny.”
Gavin Lockheart was born in Staffordshire in 1961 and studied at Stourbridge College and Central St Martin’s School of Art. He has exhibited widely in numerous group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in London and Italy.
“I use multiple layers of photographs from varied sources to create a past or part hidden history in my paintings. The paintings draw on landscape references, partly from growing up in the Black country between heavy industry and countryside, and from long cycle rides. The results are from within as much as from the reality of being outdoors.”
Sue Calcutt’s work embraces emotions of trust, honesty, care and loyalty, and celebrates the relationships and bonds that we create with animals and the natural world. Most of the influence for her work is from her teaching career in Early years and Special Needs as well as the 18 years that she spent in Finland, surrounded by a strong sense of design and craft, forest and fauna as well as extreme weather conditions! Her small ceramic sculptures are made from textured clays. Her current collection is predominantly Raku fired. Sue enjoys the spontaneous process of Raku and enjoys the rich depth and texture that it imparts to her sculptures.
Cornelia O’Donovan studied at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is held in private collections in the U.K. and overseas. She lives and works in London.
“Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth. Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. Roughly rendered yet delicately arranged, she creates patterned compositions reminiscent of old tapestries into which she plants naïve pre-Modern motifs. Outlines of old figures, ancient heralds, esoteric herbs and familiar animals all appear like inherited objects worn smooth by the touch of innumerable hands. They retain the homespun quality of medieval rustic artworks, flowing across the canvas like a stroll through a country garden.”
At the age of 15 Rachel got the taste for silversmithing when accompanying her Grandpa to an evening class which she continued going to until leaving home to study 3D crafts at Brighton University. After graduating in 1999, Rachel set up a workshop at Cross St. Studios in Hove where she worked for the next 11 years. She started her business producing a range of silver charms and creating Polaroid drawings. Rachel’s work has developed over the years with a strong illustrative theme running through it. Her jewellery has gone from miniature kitchen utensils to the intricate miniature drawings on coins. She is inspired by the simple day to day objects in our homes and likes to bring life back to things that have little purpose in the way we live our lives today.
Ann has been making art since she was a child, making her first paintings in one of the out islands of the Bahamas, where she painted the Bahamian ladies in oil. Her first sculptures were made even earlier from iron rich ditch clay from her family’s farm in Sussex, and fired in a dustbin full of sawdust.
Her work is a continuous series, a flow that mirrors the strong sculptural lines that characterise her work. Her work is always made in response to an event or moment in her life, whether it be internal, external, place related, or about something she has read or seen. She works either directly from life or from her imagination and often one becomes the other. Ann’s work is sought after and collected internationally, she has exhibited widely and won several award and prizes including the Dorothy Fielding Prize for Anatomy, the Edward Fawcett memorial prize for Anatomy, a Distinction in Anatomy at 2nd MB CHB and the Anatomy Illustration Prize.
All of Louise’s work begins with direct observation and is either finished on site or back at the studio. She travels widely, drawing inspiration from her surroundings, from the hills and lanes of West Somerset, to the landscapes of Spain and Morocco, where she tutors on art holidays. Louise has exhibited widely across the UK and abroad, with her work held in private collections including the House of Lords. Her work has been exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition on numerous occasions, as well the the RWA in Bristol (Royal West of England Academy).
Joe studied art and design at Suffolk College and then undertook training at the Old Piggery Pottery. He works primarily in ceramics, sometimes incorporating wood, metal and salvaged materials to sculpt figures, animals and objects imbued with a sense of history, character and stories.
Each piece is sculpted in clay and allowed to dry for about a week, then painted with underglaze colours. Following this the sculpture is fired in an electric kiln. After cooling it is ready for glazing and the raku firing process. The now biscuit fired pieces are heated to roughly 1000 degrees celsuis before being removed and placed in sawdust, and then quenched in water.
Val George trained in Fashion and Textiles, with a BA degree from Gloucestershire College of Art and design in 1973. After working as a fashion illustrator and studio manager, she also freelanced as a cartoonist, including covers for the Oldie magazine. Moving down from London to Somerset, where the family has a 3-acre wild meadow, she began painting animals at night, and working in papier mache.
Hares, foxes, wolves, tigers, lions, hounds and other creatures are sculpted in an expressive, elongated style. As well as quirky painted finishes, she also creates sculptural animals with sweeping lines, combining papier mache with a fine traditional gesso. Her work has been shown at several Battersea Art Fairs, the Glasgow Art Fair, the RWA and Devon and Kent galleries