currents: ways of seeing water
new paintings by Julian Bailey, Luke Elwes, Vanessa Gardiner, Janette Kerr PPRWA RSA Hon
ceramics sculpture and craft by leading artists and makers
22 September to 11 November 2018
Luke Elwes will give an informal talk about his work on Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Entrance is free but please let us know if you are coming as numbers are limited. The talk will be on the first floor unless numbers make that impractical and seating will be provided. We are sorry that there is no wheelchair access to the first floor gallery.
Since the beginning of this year, Luke Elwes has been working on a series of paintings based on the experience of travelling by boat along a stretch of the river Ganges. The Ganga paintings draw on the power of this sacred river flowing through the precarious lives of the people and cultures that have thrived throughout history on its banks. His method of working gives rise, he says, to a mood of reverie. Thinking about climate change, water shortages or floods, the power of the river to give and to take, he makes his gentle marks with rich colours and areas of emptiness. These he dissolves and floats, sometimes with river water or oil paint thinners which he allows to trickle or flow across his paper or canvas. The results seem to reflect light, inviting us to look into them quietly as if they were pools of water. There, nothing is permanent but everything is connected.
Luke Elwes studied history at Bristol University and painting at Camberwell Art School, followed by an MA in Art History at Birkbeck College, London University. He travels extensively, discovering and revisiting remote locations in India, Asia Minor and North Africa. In 1998 he was artist in residence on an expedition to Mount Kailash, a holy mountain in western Tibet. Since 2000 he has worked for long periods on an island off the East Coast of the UK. In 2011 he gave an ‘Artist’s Eye’ talk at the National Gallery. He also writes about contemporary art for journals including Modern Painters, Royal Academy Magazine, Galleries Magazine and Abstract Critical.com. In 2013 he was awarded a grant to study at the Vermont Studio Center and in 2015 he was resident artist at the Albers Foundation (USA). His work is in collections in the UK, USA and Europe. He exhibits regularly in London and internationally.
Luke Elwes’ paintings in the exhibition are shown below. Click on one of the images to see them all in larger scale. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01308 459511 to enquire about any of Luke Elwes’ paintings.