11th April – 20th May 2017
Tues – Sat 10.30 – 5pm
PV Sunday 9th April 2 – 5pm by:
FIONA MILLAIS’ paintings bring to life her response to the natural rhythms of the land and the way it is shaped by ourselves and our ancestors, leaving marks and echoes through time. From her memories and daily walks, she creates layers of texture, tone and colour, often scraping off and repainting parts of the canvas so traces of the original imagery remain. A Fine Art graduate of Newcastle University, Fiona comes from a family of distinguished artists.
SADIE BROCKBANK enjoys working in a variety of ‘messy’ materials to create her imaginative sculptures. Her ‘Ark’ series are filled with a sense of yearning as birds and animals seem poised on the brink of adventure. The bronzes and cloth sculptures too hint at some other-worldliness which draws us into her realm of fantasy. Since her Fine Art degree at Falmouth School of Art, she has worked in a variety of disciplines and is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
ANDREW WADDINGTON’s new watercolours focus on his love of birds in their natural habitats ~ his light touch catching moments of transience in nature. The gentle landscape around his home in North East Cornwall with its sheep, hares and songbirds, plays upon Andrew’s imagination and often results in floating elements around the stillness of an archetypal image in his painting. A professional painter of many years’ standing, he is a Fine Art graduate of Falmouth School of Art.
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SOPHIE MacCARTHY’s bold coloured slip decoration against the dark background of her pots shows her imagery in striking relief – as well as drawing attention to the beautifully thrown shapes themselves. The juxtaposition of nature with the urban environment in which she now lives is a particular source of inspiration. Sophie’s many solo shows reflect the popularity of her work, most recently exhibited at Ceramic Art London.
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Working in mixed media on paper and fabric, HELYNE JENNINGS combines many techniques and materials, including gold and silver leaf with embroidery and painting. She creates semi-abstract images ranging in scale from miniatures to altar cloths and vast panels for Ocean Liners. Her ingenious use of block-printing, modelling and painting on gesso extends to a collection of laminated paper brooches and earrings too. Helyne graduated from the Royal College of Art with an M.A. in Fine Art Textiles.
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JANE ROBBINS’ career in paper collage stems from a life-long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and objets trouvés. Her imagery tends to follow the seasons. Scraps cut from newspapers, magazines, packaging are transformed into leaves, birds’ wings, petals…an endless mutation! The resulting ephemeral collage is photographed at a very high resolution by a Fine Art Giclée Printer to give an enduring life. Jane graduated in Printmaking and Graphic Design at Hornsey College of Art.
Necklaces and earrings in soft rainbow shades are among this collection of jewellery by DUIBHNE GOUGH, which also includes rings, bangles and silver chains. Intriguingly exotic stones ~ Soochow jade, bezoar jasper, muscovite, phosphosiderite~ are among the many different ones she sources. With a trained aesthetic eye, nurtured by her apprenticeship to her father Breon O’Casey, she juxtaposes them with silver to create jewellery of beauty and sophistication.
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JUDITH ROWE, who first learnt her craft at Winchcombe Pottery under the aegis of Ray Finch, makes earthenware pots for the kitchen, decorating the slipware with finely drawn, long-legged birds or roadside plants. Her palette of blue and green is both refreshing and reminiscent of the sea, which borders her Hastings home. Judith is a graduate of West Surrey College of Art and Design and worked initially with Rupert Spira at his celebrated Froyle Pottery before launching out on her own.
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No Yew Tree exhibition would be complete without a new collection of JOHN MALTBY’s remarkable stoneware sculpture! He continues to delight and surprise us with his endless interpretations of familiar themes and archetypal ‘characters’. Adept at transforming clay to appear like bronze or wood by his skilled manipulation of oxides and glazes, his decorative sgraffito marks are those of a true artist-craftsman.
Complementing these main collections in ‘Pastures New’, also on display are knitted silk and cashmere scarves by ALISON DUPERNEX; gleaming seaglass and silver rings, earrings and necklaces by GINA COWEN; a cabinet full of stunning necklaces by RITA SERES ~ the fruits of her recent months in India, and several browsers full of original prints by MARK HEARLD, BREON O’CASEY, ANGIE LEWIN, EMILY SUTTON, ANGELA HARDING, ROBERT GREENHALF and more.
Teas and coffees, with home-made biscuits (and occasional cakes!) will be available for gallery visitors in the converted Potting Shed.
You are invited to wander through the gardens where MIKE SAVAGE’s stainless steel and copper fish flow through the plants, and to visit the organic potager where herbs and vegetables will be available to buy, as well as eggs with rich yellow yolks from our free-range hens.
If you wish to buy any of the exhibits but cannot visit the gallery, do email Gilly on email@example.com (01736 786425). Purchases can be sent securely anywhere in the country or abroad.
We hope this opening exhibition of the season will give much pleasure! Gilly