ANNA CALLEJA 

‘On Hold’

 

23rd October – 5th November 2021

 

 

 

We are very pleased to present a beautiful collection of diminutive paintings by rising young Maltese artist Anna Calleja. Anna graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Falmouth University in 2020. Her current body of work relates to the comfort of home and quiet moments of introspection, and the small scale of each work – just 20cm x 25cm – is tied to the intimacy and domesticity that each work conveys. Her work is autobiographical and draws from a variety of personal sources, including her return to Malta after 3 years of living abroad, and the more universal experience of the global pandemic, in which our domestic space has become both a haven and a cage. Her paintings look back to her own notions of comfort, confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future, exploring the link between domesticity and warmth, the duality of comfort and uncertainty, and how the online world has become a metaphysical space for us to escape to. Anna has exhibited in Malta and abroad, at the Wignacourt Museum in Malta and at Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries in London.  In 2020, her painting, Alone in Quarantine was awarded a Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

View Anna’s complete collection here

 

 

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SARAH PURVEY 

‘Glimpse’

 

23rd October – 5th November 2021

 

 

 

Sarah Purvey has produced a body of work which explores the relationship between her drawings on paper and her clay practice. Her large vessels bring together ideas of mark and form, and are known for their visceral, tactile quality. The way that a figurative artist repeats drawings in order to interpret their subject, and the way that a landscape artist interprets the details of the land, are all apparent in the shape and texture of her strikingly powerful works. Sarah Purvey completed a BA (Hons) and later a Masters Degree in ceramics at Bath Spa University and is currently Artist in Residence at the Corsham Court Campus of Bath Spa University. She exhibits widely in the UK and abroad, and her works on paper and in clay are held in collections at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the Chippenham Museum in Wiltshire, and as part of the Bath Spa University Art Collection.

“The vessel carries thoughts and ideas revealing glimpses of self during the making process. The vessel is an autobiographical, meditative place, a place to hide in plain sight.

Through my practice on paper and in clay, I expose raw emotions without ever having to use words, I hide in plain sight. Sometimes I look at the pieces made and there’s pure joy, sometimes there’s sadness, but all of the time there’s me, the whole of me carried by the vessel.”

 

 

View Sarah’s collection here