Love and Memory | Michael and Tracy Rees

18th October to 22nd November 2014

** Exhibition extended to Saturday 22nd November **

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This autumn New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives present an exhibition of paintings and assemblages by husband and wife Michael and Tracy Rees, two of Cornwall's most original artists.

Self-taught artist Michael Rees has lived and worked in Cornwall for the past thirty years. His psychologically provocative images of nameless figures in nondescript landscapes are brooding and bleak, yet at the same time suggestive of a darkly subversive wit. Created using a gritty mix of oil paint and substances such as wax and clay grog, these richly textured bas-relief works on wood, card and board have much in common with the primitive and naïve traditions of Art Brut.

Tracy Rees's animal 'portraits' of our favourite companion creatures in everyday settings are brimming with personality and wry humour. Painting imagined snapshots of the domestic dogs, cats and birds with whom we share our lives and homes, Rees employs the empty backgrounds and spare compositions of classic ancestral portraiture, a technique which lends her paintings a comical grandeur. Her quirky and light hearted acrylic on board paintings are also deeply touching and sincere, and speak warmly of the unique and ancient relationship between man and animal.

Please click here to view the exhibition or click here to view our online catalogue for Michael Rees or click here to view our online catalogue for Tracy Rees.

Breon O'Casey Jewellery

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Our current collection of Breon O'Casey jewellery will remain at the gallery until the end of December. These beautiful pieces are from the O’Casey estate, many of which have been held in the USA and never seen before in the UK.

Relighting the Leach Pottery Fire

New Craftsman are proud to be the main contributor to the Leach Pottery's campaign to bring their historic fireplace back into use. Well done to all who have pledged funds to relight the Leach fire and put the heart back into the old pottery workshop. The Fire will be lit as part of a celebratory gathering on 24th October. Click here to find out more.

Leach Fireplace Appeal

Leach Tableware

Available throughout the year

New Craftsman proudly continues to be the Leach Pottery’s nominated town centre stockist of the new Leach Tableware. Handmade and fired in St Ives, each piece is made with local clay and is designed for function and beauty. Available throughout the year.

Leach Tableware in St Ives

Latest News

Paul Preston Jewellery

We are pleased to announce that New Craftsman will now be showing the work of celebrated jeweller Paul Preston. Prestons exquisite and highly collectable work has been shown in the UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and the USA and is held as part of the National Collection at the V&A, London.

Tate St Ives Commission Designer Range from Artist Emma Jeffryes
to Commemorate their 21st year

In celebration of Tate St Ives’ 21st birthday, longstanding New Craftsman artist Emma Jeffryes has been commissioned to create artwork for a limited edition commemorative mug and birthday bag. Emma’s gorgeously quirky images of St Ives bay have become synonymous with the town and have made her one of West Cornwall’s most popular painters.
The mug will be available from the re-opening of the gallery on 17 May 2014, exclusively from the Tate St Ives shop. The 21st Birthday bag, which will be given away exclusively to visitors buying a combined ticket, will be available from 20th June while stocks last.

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