Land Use: Alex Lowery and Richard Batterham 7 March – 26 April 2020

Land Use

Alex Lowery recent paintings

Richard Batterham pots from his private collection

Petter Southall furniture

Saturday 7 March until Sunday 26 April 2020 (or as long as stock remains)

Alex Lowery’s recent landscape paintings reach further afield with new colours and new energy. Paintings of river estuaries, bridges and buildings in Barnstable and Topsham add to the artist’s vocabulary of subject matter refreshing also the Portland and West Bay paintings so many of us know and love. His subtle and surprising colour combinations, dramatic tonal differences and the manmade structures set against luminous sky and water work their magic as ever.

Acclaimed as the foremost living maker of domestic stoneware in the world, Richard is very sadly not now able to throw more pots. However, throughout his long career, he has put aside pots in a private collection which he used for his own reference and as a record of his work. Some he chose because they marked a significant development that he wanted to replicate and others because they were ideal versions of a form. With the help of his son, the potter Reuben Batterham, Richard has decided to release a good number of these pots, some from the final firings of Richard’s kiln which Richard managed last year with Reuben, and some dating back as far as the 1960s. The exhibition includes phenomenal pieces of all shapes and sizes.

The furniture of Petter Southall completes the exhibition of understated superb examples of craftsmanship, art and design. Made with uncompromising workmanship and a flawless eye for detailing, Petter Southall’s furniture and his larger garden structures, are a joy to look at and to use.

All three artists are masters in their artform.  All three eliminate anything unnecessary from their work to reach the essence in timeless, masterful pieces. Simple repeating forms, whether they are rows of bollards in a painting, or a repeated curved component in a chair or a line of cuts around the edge of a jar, create resonant simple statements in the work of all three.

More details and images will follow. Richard Batterham’s pots will be available to view in person from 12 noon on Saturday 7 March. They will go up online during the following week. If you would like an email notification when the images of each artist’s work becomes available to view online and buy over the phone please let us know on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk