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Open to visit from Wednesday 17 June until Sunday 12 July 2020
Recent paintings by Julian Bailey, Martyn Brewster, Vanessa Gardiner, Anthony Garratt, Frances Hatch and Alex Lowery, sculpture by Clare Trenchard, woodcarvings by David West.
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This is a selling exhibition of work by painters and craftspeople who have spent their lives celebrating the wonders of the landscape and the natural world, communicating through their work the deep effect these much-loved places have upon us all. Each artist has a particular way of seeing and of painting or creating and these painters and makers are widely diverse, yet each one evokes memories or observations we recognise with a flash and never want to lose. Each work brings a breath of fresh sea air with it.
Whether it is the eroded texture in a particular patch of colour on a Vanessa Gardiner painting that transports us to a glorious coastal ravine, or the luscious brush strokes of impasto oil in one of Julian Bailey’s paintings of pure pleasure, the paint itself is a joy in these works. Martyn Brewster’s compelling translucent abstractions draw us into his lyrical world of colour and light in the wordless way of classical music. Just as Alex Lowery’s compositions bring together harmonies, rhythms and chords in silent visual symphonies that never fail to engage your eye. Anthony Garratt’s work is also full of music and the sounds of nature conveyed through colour, texture and brushstroke. Whereas Frances Hatch’s mixed media renditions of place are created from materials gathered and applied there in the spirit of the moment when freedom and play coincide with a lifetime’s skill and artistry.
Working in three dimensions, David West is fascinated by the patterns in nature which he conveys by carving, painting and sometimes gilding wood. Clare Trenchard captures the individual essence of the animals she sculpts whether they are real dogs or birds or metaphorical hare people. Petter Southall makes furniture with lines that please the eye as well as the hand, giving comfort and strength with texture and pleasure. His most recent creation is the Eco-pod, a perfect retreat for the garden, available now from Sladers Yard.