Fluidity of line, combined with a marvellous colour sense, gives SIMON POOLEY’S work a vibrant energy. Whether catching the moment of birds on the wing or focusing on a patch of field near his home in West Penwith, he creates atmosphere and a sense of place with minimal detail. His love of dancing and music evolves into subject matter too. Gyrating dancers are caught in suspended motion through a few perfectly placed brush marks. Simon draws on the spot as an ‘aide-memoire’, but the paintings are made in the studio.A member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, Simon moved to Cornwall in 1992 after practising as an architect for 12 years. He is shown in major galleries in Britain.
This is a selection of Simon Pooley’s work in the exhibition; more may be seen via e-mail by request
Fascinated by people, figurative painter CHARLOTTE LYON observes their expressions, moods and movements. Drawn particularly to those going about their daily work, her studies of humanity can be poignant as well as witty. Commissions have led her behind the scenes at hospitals, opera houses and hotel kitchens around the world, leading to insightful depictions in oils or acrylic and charcoal. She interprets ‘Joie de Vivre’ as simple moments of pleasure, such as eating together, the taste of chocolate, a chord of sublime music, the excitement of a first night at the theatre….and such moments are captured in her paintings.Growing up in London with her artist parents, Charlotte now lives in Amsterdam and exhibits widely in Europe, as well as London where she recently had a solo show at the Chelsea Arts Club.
If you wish to see more of Charlotte’s paintings from the exhibition, images can be sent by email.
As Charlotte’s paintings are selling so well, there are some new arrivals
ESTHER SMITH’s sources of inspiration stem from her passion for nature and love of stories. She is both jeweller and automata maker. Dreams and pleasurable aspirations are manifest in some of the automata, which she makes out of patinated brass and copper, embellished with metal leaf and accents of reclaimed printed tin. Elements in some are wrought from silver. Her techniques were learnt through metalwork training at Birmingham School of Jewellery and a subsequent Degree in Art and Design. Since the early ‘90s Esther concentrated solely on jewellery, capturing the subtle texture of seeds and leaves in silver. Cutting metal silhouettes of wild creatures to create brooches or pendants led her into the field of automata. These now form a predominant part of her studio work.
A member of Cornwall Crafts Association, Esther exhibits at galleries in her native Scotland as well as England and teaches at the University in Falmouth where she now lives.
Images of other automata by Esther can be seen via email, so do ask us!
A selection of Esther’s jewellery
Wire is MEL DAY’s favoured medium. Initially working with line through illustration, she was keen to extend drawing into 3 dimensions – resulting in her career as a wire sculptor. “Man as a natural being and our relationship with the natural world” are her predominant themes, though she is also stimulated by circus and dance. Through her deft manipulation of fine wire, she also ‘writes’ poems and sayings as wall-pieces. As well as working for frequent exhibitions, Mel enthusiastically passes on her skills through art workshops. Sometimes this involves collaborative large sculptural images in wire for festivals and schools in the West Country. She lives with her family in Frome.
Do ask if you would like to see larger-scale individual images of the 4 Parade figures.
Working for many years as a painter and potter after her Fine Art Degree at Goldsmiths and the Ruskin School of Drawing, ARDYN GRIFFIN now enthusiastically embraces the malleable material of papier mâché to create painted sculptures and automata. Her love of animals and birds, coupled with a vibrant imagination, leads us into a world of exotic parrots, jungle creatures and fantasy boat voyages. Ardyn exhibits in Wales and the South West and lives in an old cottage in Gloucestershire with a huge garden filled with peacocks, guinea fowl and chickens – and wonderful plants!
DEREK NICE has been immersed in the Arts since College days, both as practitioner and teacher. A world-wide maritime traveller, he has always been drawn to ships and the sea. These past 20 years he has been making sculptures from found materials, mainly shipwrecked wood, where layers of paint have been leached and scoured by the sea and weather. Malta, his home for many years, offers a rich source of such material and it is from pieces of storm-broken fishing boats that his latest collection of winged figures has evolved. Initially exhibited at Worcester Cathedral, these deceptively simple shapes create a moving group of benign angels, suspended on the walls and free-standing.
Derek and his artist wife, Mary now live in Somerset.
There are five more Angels in Derek’s collection – soon to be photographed and available to be seen via email!
Another material gathered from the sea and given a glowing new life is the sea-glass which GINA COWEN combines with silver and gold in earrings, rings and necklaces. She seeks out unusual coloured glass, some derived from the spoil of C19th glass works on the North East coast, some from ancient wrecked trading vessels around the Scillies. Her silver and gold-smithing skills were learnt at Sir John Cass College, resulting in the graceful swan-neck hooks which form an integral part of her earring designs. Gina’s studio is in Oxford and she shows in specialist craft galleries in London and elsewhere. Her jewels have been featured in many publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Country Living and The Times Magazine.
In the gardens, metalsmith MIKE SAVAGE shows his versatility in manipulating copper, aluminium and steel in shoals of fish and flying and roosting birds. He also sculpts and welds aluminium into large seed-heads and patinated copper into garden pots. Following his M.A. at the Royal College of Art, Mike now works in Hampshire and exhibits at specialist sculpture galleries across the country, including ‘Fresh Air’ at Quenington in the Cotswolds.
As well as these main exhibitors, there will also be new work available by JOHN MALTBY, CHRIS BARNES, JUDITH ROWE, DUIBHNE GOUGH, GUY ROYLE and RITA SERES.
We hope to raise funds through sales and donations in ‘JOIE DE VIVRE’ for the Cornwall-based Charity ‘UK Action for Refugees’. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. GillyLast but not least, another date for your diary! Our next exhibition ‘TRUE TO FORM’ is from 4th September – 29th October when we will be showing studies of the figure in pastel, ink and oils by ROSE HILTON, bronze sculpture by BREON O’CASEY, lustrous ceramics by SUTTON TAYLOR, silver and gold jewellery by GUY ROYLE and in the Glasshouse ~ abstract landscapes by JENNY RYRIE and tableware by DAVID GARLAND.