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Summer at the Yewtree Gallery

In Yew Tree Gallery’s opening exhibition of the season pastels, watercolours and oils of West Cornwall’s coastline by plein-air artist Carolyn White contrast with exuberant acrylics of abundant growth in great Cornish gardens by Janet Lynch. Stylised birds and flowers decorate Jill Fanshawe Kato’s ceramics while the pale blue glazed interiors of Peter Swanson’s domestic pots echo the calmer seas. Lustrous gem-stone necklaces are by actress/jeweller Barbara Flynn and unusual narrative sculpture is by Edwina Bridgeman. A new collection of stoneware sculpture by John Maltby adds to the delights of this show.

Carolyn White Rocks Below Zennor

‘Clifftop Gorse, Gurnard’s Head’ watercolour     Carolyn White

Painting was a lifelong passion for CAROLYN WHITE ever since she graduated from Chelsea and Kingston Colleges of Art in the late ‘60s. She loved travelling to far-flung places, drinking in the atmosphere and culture, and translating this into her paintings. Living in the Cotswolds these past 30 years imbued her with a strong empathy for the rolling wooded valleys which she painted in all seasons. Her spirit yearned also for the sea and in this, Cornwall became her focus. Long periods annually were spent on the Penwith peninsula where she ‘caught the moment’ in pastel, watercolour and oils. Her particular gift was the distillation of landscape into an abstraction of mood, colour and form.
Carolyn died in 2013. This collection of her work covers several decades.
Proceeds from sales of Carolyn’s paintings will go to the Sue Ryder Hospice, Cheltenham.

CAROLYN WHITE

‘Down and Under’, Trevail, Zennor  oil  63 x 115cm 

CAROLYN WHITE

Rocks on Zennor  cliff  watercolour  46 x 59cm 

CAROLYN WHITE

‘Pebble Place’  Porthmeor  
pastel  48 x 60cm

Trevail Cove, Zennor 
pastel   46 x 59cm

CAROLYN WHITE

‘Gale Force’, Porthmeor 
pastel  48 x 60cm

Kynance Cove
pastel   43 x 51cm

CAROLYN WHITE

‘Down on to Blue’, Zennor oil  64 x 84cm

CAROLYN WHITE

Portheras Bracken  
pastel 40 x 47cm

Portheras from Clifftop 
pastel   40 x 47cm

CAROLYN WHITE

‘Cove Curves’ pastel  46 x 59cm

CAROLYN WHITE

Gurnard’s Head from Zennor
pastel  46 x 57cm

Green cliffs, Zennor 
watercolour     40 x 49cm

CAROLYN WHITE

Sennen Cove  pastel  32 x 57cm  

CAROLYN WHITE

Surfing at Sennen  pastel  32 x 57cm

 


JANET LYNCH lives on the moors of West Penwith looking across to the Scillies where last May she revelled in the wonders of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens, which resulted in paintings for her Cornish garden series, Trewidden among them. She writes “The most important thing for me is to try to capture that balance between the exuberant chaos of nature and the order imposed by the gardener. I try to corral the seemingly random splashes of colour into a visual narrative, without losing the uplifting spirit of natural disorder.” Janet is one of those versatile artists who can move easily between abstract and figurative, constantly delighting the viewer with new surprises revealed by her paintbrush. Colour, often used emotively, is one of the most striking elements in her work.

JANET LYNCH

Among the Palms   acrylic on canvas  110 x 110cm

JANET LYNCH

Abbey Gardens in May 1
60 x 60cm

Abbey Gardens in May 2
60 x 60cm

JANET LYNCH

Abbey Gardens in May 3  60 x 60cm

JANET LYNCH

Woodland Garden with Ferns, Trewidden
80 x 125cm

Woodland Garden, Trewidden
80 x 125cm

JANET LYNCH

‘Stellata’  60 x 60cm

All paintings are mixed media on canvas

 


EDWINA BRIDGEMAN’s narrative mixed-media constructions have brought pleasure to many over the years. At the culmination of her M.A. studies, she now introduces new methods of working and concentrates more on individual figures. As she says” the work remains celebratory and joyful. Creating objects using simple techniques and humble materials is somehow life-affirming.” Voyages, as a metaphor for our journey through life, are expressed through her several boat constructions, made from found materials. The figures in this exhibition represent us all. Edwina’s latest solo show was ‘Ship of Fools’ at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath earlier this year.

Edwina Bridgeman

‘Waving figure’ mixed media 

Edwina Bridgeman

Boat sculpture(ii) – detail

Edwina Bridgeman

Boy with Amaretti hat

Figure with red cap

 


JILL FANSHAWE KATO, a well-respected potter in Britain and Japan for many years, is totally original in her approach, not falling into any specific category as either ‘vessel maker’ or ‘ceramic sculptor’. Instead, she creates all manner of pieces as the spirit moves her. A love of nature ensures that birds, small creatures and plants feature in her decoration, as well as abstract shapes. The influence of travel to foreign countries brings to her work, which is mainly slab-built or coiled in stoneware clay, exotic designs and colours. She has worked in the studios of Japanese master potters and had frequent exhibitions in Japan, as well as Britain, most recently at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Jill Fanshawe Kato

‘Curve Pod’ stoneware

JILL FANSHAWE KATO

Mimistuki Vase

Jazzy Bird vase

JILL FANSHAWE KATO

Flying Fish curve – detail

Lotus Boat

JILL FANSHAWE KATO

Oval Peacock bowl

 


Best known to most as an actress of stage and screen, BARBARA FLYNN is also a jeweller of repute. As excited by colour and form as Carolyn was, she sources striking and unusual semi-precious stones for her very individual necklaces. She delights in such rarities as Roman glass found buried in Afghanistan, the luminosity of unpolished Peruvian Amazonite and the fern-like inclusions of Moss Agates. Barbara first showed at Yew Tree in 2004 and subsequently has had many exhibitions, most recently at the Northsouth Gallery in Highgate. She was a friend of Carolyn’s and admired her Cornish landscapes “which so truthfully evoke Penwith”

YT13  Peruvian Amazonite & Jasper necklace

BARBARA FLYNN

YT20 Turquoise,gold

YT25 Coral, silver squares YT17 Turquoise ovals

BARBARA FLYNN

YT22 Green Magnesite, gold squares

YT1 Jasper, emerald slices

BARBARA FLYNN

YT5 Chrysocolla, hematite

YT8 Roman glass YT15 Serpentine rounds

BARBARA FLYNN

YT18 Kyanite shards, Azurite stone

 


A potter for over 40 years, PETER SWANSON continues to experiment with glazes, clays and firing techniques in the true spirit of an artist-craftsman. Based on a clay dug from the cliffs of St Agnes, he blends and mixes the clay bodies, each with its special properties, for his stoneware domestic pots, the delicate porcelain, for slab building and for the Anagama kiln, which he built in 2004. This is fired with wood, the ash penetrating the pot to produce a variety of interesting glaze effects. A master of the art of repeat throwing, his domestic pots can form complete sets for the table, albeit with the natural idiosyncrasies of the hand-thrown vessel. Peter works in an old chapel in West Cornwall.

Peter Swanson

PS 1 Large Charger, ash glaze

PS3 Bottle vase, celadon glaze

Peter Swanson

PS2 Bread crock

Peter Swanson

PS4 Casserole

PS9 Large and small jugs

Peter Swanson

PS5 Large Teapot, Tea mugs

PS6 Medium and small bowls

Peter Swanson

pS7 Oval oven dishes

PS8 Colander and serving dish

Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson stoneware domestic pots

 


No Yew Tree exhibition would be complete without a collection of John Maltby’s inimitable sculpture – and for this show we have some brand new work to delight you. 
A selection of images follows.

John Maltby

JM9/15 Surprised Fisherman

John Maltby

JM2/15 Fishing Bird

JM4/15 Owl on Fisherman’s head

John Maltby

JM3/15 Ancient foot soldier

John Maltby

JM6/15 Chequered Angels

JM15/15 Greek Angel

John Maltby

JM12/15 Tall Angel

John Maltby

JM18a/15 Red Owl box

JM21/15 Girl with necklace JM19/15 Roosting Bird box

John Maltby

JM16/15 Figure with Leafy Tree

 


There are also cabinets of new jewellery by Guy Royle, Duibhne Gough, Rita Seres, Jane Kennard and Helyne Jennings and Alison Dupernex’s textured silk scarves.  Original prints by Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin, Angela Harding, Breon O’Casey, Catherine Forshall and Robert Greenhalf add to the selection of work available in ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’.

Do let us know if you would like to see images of further works by the exhibitors.  
I can send these to you via email.

We also have a large collection of framed and mounted paintings of the Cotswolds (particularly the Slad Valley), the Scottish Isles, Tuscany, Greece and Turkey, as well as a few Still Life subjects – all destined for CAROLYN WHITE’S Retrospective exhibition in Stroud in June.  These soon will be featured on a separate Web page.

Meanwhile, enjoy the delights of our Spring exhibition, and the gardens and the view!    Gilly

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