11th September – 9th October 2021
Sarah Woods makes work that achieves a pure and perfect translation of Cornwall’s special light, wide spaces and low-key colour, and that captures not just the visual beauty, but the feeling of being beside the vastness of the sea. Her new collection is created from studies of the West Cornwall coast “from the changing landscape of the summer months, when the colours are soft with warm air and the land is at its most gentle” and includes both paintings and etchings that focus on the simple but beautiful shape of the Cornish coastline.
Each work follows the edge of the land, balancing, through simple marks and subtle changes in colour and tone, the topography of the coast against the wide-open space of sea and sky. Important to Sarah is the handmade nature of each of her works: the mixing of colour and the application of paint is slow and intimate, meaning her images share a connection to the land, sea and coast in that they are created slowly, over time. Simple marks and subtle colours are a distinctive aspect of Sarah’s work. She describes them as ‘minimal observations’ that have a major impact on the viewer. Her paintings are created with immediate marks, showing movement with a single brushstroke, and similarly each etching is made with simple marks that come together to create the impression of the soft motion of water against the land.
11th September – 9th October 2021
Rowena graduated with a degree in design from central St Martins in London. After having spent two years living in Palo alto, California, where she began her ceramic sculpture career, she returned to the uk graduating with a masters in fine art from Bretton Hall (university of Leeds) within the Yorkshire sculpture park.
Rowena works from her studio on the Isle of Iona working with heavily pigmented clays to construct evocative sculptural and architectural forms, Rowena was drawn initially to the motif of the abruptly abandoned building following environmental or manmade disaster; a vessel for reminiscence and an object implying a human presence by its absence. Over time these distinctive buildings have become more archetypal and allude to the dichotomous themes of isolation and community. They exude stillness and a diffident solitude intended to prompt contemplation and to provoke recollection, each piece has its own temperament with individual surface texture, marks and features. Rowena’s approach to surface decoration with its multiple layers of slips and glazes creates a visual interest that draws the onlooker in.
ST IVES MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY
St Ives Modern and Contemporary exhibition brings together artists working in St Ives from the late 1920s
11th September 2021 – 25th September 2021
St Ives Modern and Contemporary exhibition brings together artists working in St Ives from the late 1920s.
These artists include Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Terry Frost, Patrick Hayman, Barbara Hepworth, Roger Hilton, Matthew Lanyon, Padraig MacMiadhachain, Denis Mitchell, Paul Mount, Breon O’Casey, Tony O’Malley, John Anthony Park, Bryan Pearce and John Wells.
Many of them ‘explored the sensitive zone between representation and abstraction: testing the expressive potential of the material of paint itself, and of the mark and gesture, while retaining semblances of subject matter, external references or imagery’ – Chris Stephens