ROSE HILTON celebrated her 85th birthday this summer – and six decades as a painter. Well-known for her distinctive colour palette, Rose finds the female figure the most compelling of subjects, and this show concentrates on recent pastels and drawings as well as two oil paintings where the figure in various poses reigns supreme. Abstraction mingles with her assured figurative line, giving her lyrical work a tension and balance.
The rest of Rose Hilton’s collection may be seen via email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Painter and jeweller BREON O’CASEY (1928-2011) came to sculpture through his youthful apprenticeship with famed St Ives sculptors Denis Mitchell and Barbara Hepworth in the early 1960s. Through working with them he absorbed “the passion for getting it just right, step by patient step, at whatever the cost.” This dedication led to the individuality and brilliance of Breon’s own sculpture, recognised long before he died. Birds and the female figure were prime subjects for his hands and, luckily, several bronzes are still with us – to form part of this exhibition.
Unique among contemporary ceramicists, SUTTON TAYLOR has followed his own path since the 1970s, tackling challenging techniques and – with the touch of an alchemist – creating lustrous pots that seem to defy the limitations of the kiln. The iridescence and rich hues arise from incorporating silver, copper and gold in the glazes and heating to critical temperatures through multiple firings as the precious metals volatise at different degrees.
Cornwall-based GUY ROYLE etches, incises, inlays and carves precious metals and semi-precious stones to create silver and gold jewellery which is bold in scale and presence. Bangles with bird and leaf motifs, brooches inlaid with yellow, white and red 18ct gold and drop earrings of many designs form part of his current collection. Necklaces are rich with amethyst, carnelian and many-hued agates, linked by beads of gold and silver. Essentially contemporary in style, albeit with echoes of a distant past, Guy’s jewellery displays the hand of a fine craftsman ~ justly recognised by his many collectors.
DAVID GARLAND grew up in an artistic climate in New Zealand, where his mother was a sculptor and his first art teacher a Maori woodcarver who encouraged his love for surface decoration. Working initially as a painter on his return to England, David became seduced by the attraction of clay. Soon attaining the skill of throwing, he started making simple pots for the table, which still form a major part of his production, alongside the more dramatic studio ceramics which earned him several prestigious solo exhibitions over three decades.
Unusual shades of orange, yellow and pale green enhance the sinuous forms of his slipware cups, jugs and bowls, drawn through with sgraffito marks or painterly brush strokes. Joanna Bell commented in Vogue: “Garland is a rare combination: a skilled thrower and instinctive artist.”
A descendant of four generations of watercolourists, JENNY RYRIE echoes her forbears in the recognition she has received for her painting. Handling the medium with confidence, she conveys through her semi-abstract landscapes and interpretations of music, her passion for “the subtle richness of watercolour”. An MA at Edinburgh College of Art and University in 1980 led to solo exhibitions in London and Edinburgh before she embarked in the ‘90s on several trips to America where New Mexico in particular inspired her work ~ “a mystical place where the landscape feels alive with its own magical presence.” West Cornwall, however, is a persistent source of subjects for Jenny in all weathers and moods, well suited to her fluid, intuitive style. Most of the paintings here emerge from recent periods on the clifftops of the Penwith peninsula and in St Ives.
All the images above of the exhibitors’ work are a selection; more may be seen via email: email@example.com
A new collection of stoneware sculpture by JOHN MALTBY will be available during the exhibition; here are a few ~
In the gardens are bronze sculptures by JANIS RIDLEY. Several of her larger works are in the cathedrals of Exeter, Winchester and York Minster. There is a sense of mythology in some of her contemplative pieces, and often a whiff of humour!
I do hope you enjoy ‘TRUE TO FORM’, our last exhibition of the season ~ so make sure you don’t miss it! YEW TREE GALLERY, near Morvah and Pendeen, TR19 7TS firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who contributed to our Charity appeal in the previous exhibition ‘Joie de Vivre’. We donated £600 to the invaluable work by volunteers for UK ACTION FOR REFUGEES who undertake dangerous missions into Syria to deliver medical supplies to hospitals in Aleppo and elsewhere.