Wednesday, 16 August 2017

David Fawcett: Painter, Notary Public and Ted Baker Collaborator...


Painting is David Fawcett's antidote to the daily commute to London.
"I try to paint every evening," he says. "After a day commuting and working in London, it's just what I need."



He is self-taught and works in acrylics.

"Over the years, I have developed a style that I'm happy with," says David, who has worked in London as a Notary Public since 1988.

Most of his paintings are based on his observations of people and reflect his day-to-day life - at home with the family, commuting to and from London, using the Tube and working in an office.

"I often try and look for a humorous element in my paintings - a situation which can be identified with or related to," says David. "To convey this idea, I have found that the title is often particularly important. If the title strikes a chord, it really enahnces the image."

Here's the perfect illustration of this.....

.........titled "Discussing Brexit".

Amongst the many David Fawcett fans is Ted Baker founder and CEO, Ray Kelvin, whose purchase of David's work led to an unusual collaboration.

"Ray Kelvin has bought my work and recently used three images for a holdall, wash bag and phone case design."

David regularly exhibits in London galleries and his work as been shown at the Royal Academy.

"A British Summer" continues until 2nd September.










Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Emma Bird...welcome back!


Regular visitors to the gallery will know that Emma Bird has exhibited with us many times before. We can always rely on Emma for a witty interpretation of the exhibition title and this time is no exception.



With their clear, simple lines her tenderly observed wire sculptures evoke nostalgic memories of summers past and perfectly capture scenes familiar to all of us.


"Can We Share"


"Carousel"


"May All Our Dreams Take Flight"

"A British Summer" continues until 2nd September.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sophie Mutter: "We Are Mountain"

After graduating from a photography degree at Notingham Trent University in 1997, Sophie went on to have a successful career on the picture desk of OK! Magazine.

She loved the celebrity world but was always drawn to the sea and so in 2013 she finally took the plunge, leaving London for Sunny Worthing.



She set up "We Are Mountain", a group of family and friends creating original seaside-influenced original screen prints and linocuts, cards, fridge magnets and tea towels.



Sophie still freelances at magazines in The Big Smoke but having the space to create in her workshop by the sea means she feels she has the very best of both worlds.



"Living by the seaside, I cannot help but be inspired by all things nautical," says Sophie. "But there are a few garden birds and the odd dinosaur thrown in for good measure!"


"A British Summer" runs until 2nd September.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Introducing...Ashley Jones

As is common with many artists, Ashley was drawing before he could walk.


"Pen, pencil and brushwork have always been part of my working day - not always appropriately," he says. "Many long staff meetings in later life were eased by marginal drawings on Important Bits of Paper."


He attended Farnham School of Art for Foundation year, Exeter for Graphic Design and worked initially in marketing and advertising, before taking a career change to work in Learning Disabilities.

"I later qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse and worked in acute psychiatry and then specialised in Addictions and Substance Misuse therapy."
"During this time my art took a back seat but my interest in pen- and ink-work and illustration had a role in therapy with my patients."

Ashley is now a full time artist and also has his own range of greetings cards and prints.


"The paintings I do now are a new and surprising development as I always considered my self an illustrator," he says. "The theme of the coast, beach and figures in a sometimes semi-abstract setting seem to have a resonance with my earlier work in therapy and often strike an emotional chord in the viewer."


Whilst many of Ashley's paintings are traditionally peopled, he is also exploring "the idea of space, horizons and spirituality within these small canvases".

"A British Summer" continues until 2nd September.




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Robert Eadie: inspired by the natural world



Robert Eadie just loves painting! As a full-time painter since 2010, he enjoys painting in a variety of styles and mediums, including painting and drawing from life (still life, landscape and model) and also abstract work.

He has a BA in Painting and Drawing from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, where he was awarded the Bateson Mason Drawing prize but pursued a career in the antiques trade before returning to his art seven years ago.



The inspiration behind the paintings in this exhibition comes from the natural world: the meadows, fields and landscape of West Sussex and the South Downs.

"The paintings are quite abstract and are not intended to depict specific locations or to 'copy' or 'illustrate' nature," says Robert.

"Rather, from a multitude of visual memories, I create an impression of the colour, light and movement that I find in nature."



Robert likes to allow accident and spontaneity to be part of his paintings, allowing greater expressivity and creating a feeling of surprise and movement, just as in nature.

"I like to think of these works as visual equivalents to poems or musical compositions."



"Some show a build up of paint layers, which lends a textural element," he continues. "This emphasises the painting's presence as an object, rather than a window through which you look!"

Robert's paintings form part of our exhibition, "A British Summer", which continues until 2nd September.





Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A British Summer: from beach huts to Brexit and Wimbledon to wild flowers!


Just as Henley Royal Regatta was drawing to a close and Wimbledon was preparing to open, we launched our Summer Exhibition with a party on Saturday and a heady mix of sunshine, prosecco, nibbles and, of course, Pimms!


Entitled "A British Summer", our exhibition features the work of eight artists: five painters, a print-maker, a wire sculptor and a photographer who between them cover subjects as iconically British as the seaside, Brexit, Brighton, wild flowers, funfairs, beach huts, Wimbledon and seagulls!


Artists Emma Bird, Robert Eadie, Jo Hodder, Ashley Jones, Sophie Mutter and Julain Sutherland-Beatson all called in to the launch party to see their work displayed.


Drinks were enjoyed and old friendships renewed...



Special thanks to talented florist Eva Hall, for her spectacular flowers!


"A British Summer" showcases the work of Emma Bird, Gill Copeland, Robert Eadie, David Fawcett, Jo Hodder, Ashley Jones, Sophie Mutter and Julian Sutherland-Beatson and runs until 2nd September.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Introducing...Mike Cheetham

The last of our artists exhibiting in "To Linger in a Garden Fair" is sculptor Mike Cheetham.



Mike painted in a variety of media for more than 25 years before returning to stone-carving five years ago.

He originally attended a short course in Streat with Helen-Mary Skelton, daughter of the sculptor John Skelton and has been attending the Skelton Workshops' courses ever since.

Initially producing figurative pieces from his workshop in Hurstpierpoint, Mike soon moved to more abstract forms and is particularly influenced by Barbara Hepworth.



"I often choose unusual shapes and varieties of stone and just 'see what emerges' until I am satisfied with shapes and textures that please me," says Mike.



"To Linger in a Garden Fair" ends on Saturday 6th May.