28 September to 17 November 2013
A solo exhibition of recent original paintings by David Inshaw opened here 28 September 2013. At 70, David Inshaw is in full pyrotechnic form, invoking the powers of the night, the moon, trees, bonfires, the sea, birds, men, women and ancient landscapes to create his intensely personal paintings.
A fully illustrated 48pp catalogue with foreword by Rachel Campbell Johnston, Art Critic, The Times, is available at £10 + £2 UK p&p. Please call +44 (0)1308 459511 to order. The exhibition included new paintings, never before seen, and a number of radically repainted works never before seen in their present form. A slide show of the exhibition can be viewed below.
‘Following the visionary traditions of such quintessentially English predecessors as Samuel Palmer (in whose Kentish “valley of vision”, he used to picnic with his mother), or Stanley Spencer (at whose Cookham home he once called as a knock-kneed boy scout) Inshaw’s paintings discover the mystical in what could just as easily be overlooked as mundane…
‘His landscapes are haunted. You tap into their strangeness on a sensual level: you can feel it in the mood, in the poise, in the light. It pervades the atmosphere as surely as the smell of dew pervades the dawn. The familiar is made, at the same time, so alien, so otherworldly.’ Extract from the catalogue foreword by Rachel Campbell Johnston, Art Critic, The Times
Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ recently by Andrew Lambirth in The Spectator, David Inshaw grew up in Biggin Hill, close to Samuel Palmer’s Shoreham. He studied at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, with a six month scholarship to study in Paris, before he started to teach painting and printmaking at the West of England College of Art in Bristol. In 1975, with Peter Blake and five others, he formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists, who devoted themselves to painting subjects drawn from nature and English mythology and literature. The following year Inshaw’s most famous painting, The Badminton Game, was exhibited in Bath and Edinburgh and was bought by the Tate.
One of Inshaw’s seminal places is West Bay, and in 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the extensive then very new Sladers Yard art gallery. Now he returns with another exceptionally powerful show, bringing together the themes of a lifetime.
The exhibition will also include a selection of high quality signed, limited edition giclee prints of David Inshaw’s paintings.
The paintings in the exhibition are shown below. Hover over an image for its title or click for enlargement and details. For further information please contact Anna Powell on +44 (0)1308 4589511 or firstname.lastname@example.org