Finding Pathways: Anne Davies, Andrew Bird 4 March to 17 April 2017

Finding Pathways

Andrew Bird  Anne Davies new paintings

Petter Southall furniture

4 March to 17 April 2017


Anne Davies London Docks 18 x 25 cm acrylic on board

We are pleased to introduce two artists, new to Sladers Yard, both of whom have strong track records for painting and showing their intriguing, distinctive and appealing paintings.

Anne Davies and Andrew Bird both grew up in the Peak District and draw their inspiration from the landscapes of the Industrial Revolution which they find in the north and the west of England. They are fascinated by old mills and warehouses, ships and rows of worker’s cottages decaying now and embedded into dramatic rugged landscapes and harbours. In different ways, both love to paint the combination of architecture and coast or countryside, focusing on texture, pattern, space and light, the compound impressions of place.  Petter Southall’s furniture also has a mind for ship shapes, streamlines and boatbuilding techniques creating a design language all his own.

All paintings can be viewed further down this page. Anne Davies’ works are shown first. Scroll down to see Andrew Bird’s paintings or click the links below. We regret that John Maltby’s exhibition of ceramic sculpture has been postponed to later in the year.  Please let us know if you would like to be informed when when we have images of his new work.

Paths of Light  Andrew Bird  86 x 86 cm  acrylic on canvas  £2500

Paths of Light Andrew Bird 86 x 86 cm acrylic on canvas

ANNE DAVIES  works from memory and imagination to make her fascinating small paintings. The west country, the north of England and for this show the Docklands of London are the places her mind goes to when she works. She loves the idea of walking around in a picture rather like a map, discovering the different aspects of place. Read more…

Anne Davies was born in Lancashire and grew up in the Derbyshire Peak District.  After studying fine art at Newcastle University, she worked on art projects with adults and children with special needs. She now lives in London where she focuses on painting and exhibiting her work, showing mainly in St Ives, London and Norfolk.  This is her first exhibition at Sladers Yard.


Anne Davies  The Orchard  18 x 25 cm

ANDREW BIRD paints abstracted landscapes, often based on dramatic, rugged and impressive coastal areas or working harbours where the natural landscape has been shaped by industry.  His paintings are a composite of impressions seen from different angles, including closely viewed textures and implied forms with wide open skies. His clear clean use of colour and expressive mark making combine in energetic works of clarity and sensitivity. Read more…

Andrew Bird lives in Derbyshire but often visits the west country.  He studied Graphic Design at Sheffield and later Fine Art at Bradford.  He has worked as a garden designer and has a keen sense of thinking in three and two dimensions simultaneously.  His compositions are unusual and captivating while his paintings express a wonderful sense of space. Andrew has shown his work regularly in Cornwall, Norfolk, Derbyshire and in Bournemouth.  This is his first exhibition at Sladers Yard.

Ashore  Andrew Bird  76 x 76 cm  acrylic on canvas  £2100

Ashore Andrew Bird 76 x 76 cm acrylic on canvas

PETTER SOUTHALL has been making his distinctive furniture in his studio outside Bridport since 1991.  Sladers Yard is his showroom which he has sensitively converted into an art gallery and cafe. He learned traditional boatbuilding in Norway before turning to furniture design and cabinet making which he studied with James Krenov in California and with John Makepeace. His first commission was a dining room for the sculptor Elisabeth Frink and he has gone from there making work for artists, academics and financiers, public spaces and private houses, always with flair and originality. Read more…


Petter Southall  Gallery Table 210 x 100 x 74cm high

Anne Davies’ paintings are shown below. Please do click on an image to see it large with caption, price and a scroll button. Please call 01308 459511 or email or reply at the base of this page to enquire about a painting.

Andrew Bird’s paintings are shown below. Please do click on one of the images to see them enlarged with captions and prices. To enquire about a painting please call Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email or reply at the bottom of this page.

4 Responses to Finding Pathways: Anne Davies, Andrew Bird 4 March to 17 April 2017

  1. Lindy Dickins says:

    Please could you let me know when you have images of John Maltbys new work , thank you .
    Lindy Dickins


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