33rd Annual Exhibition

Totnes Art Society

Sunday 17th June to Saturday 23rd June ~ 10am - 4.45pm except

Sunday 10am - 3pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm

 

While the optional theme this year for exhibitors is "Light and Shade", the exhibition will as always feature artworks covering a wide range of subject matter and styles - last year's exhibition featured more than 80 artworks from more than 20 painters. All the works on display will be available to buy, with cards for as little as £2.

 

New for 2018 is a "wall of smalls" - small paintings, which will sell for just £25. Nearly 20 members have accepted the challenge of producing an image to fit a frame measuring 250 x 200mm. Chairman Mike Bonney comments "This is an opportunity for visitors to pick up an original piece of art, or for those on holiday to take something inexpensive home with them. We hope this will provide something a bit different and inspire interest."

 

Totnes Art Society welcomes artists of all levels of experience. The Society runs a programme of workshops and demonstrations, and encourages members to develop their artistic ability and to show their work. There is a popular untutored weekly painting session at the Totnes Boat Club. More information can be found at the Totnes Art Society's website, www.totnesartsociety.co.uk.  

 

Illustrated:

"Cornish Caves II" by Colin Drew, winner Best in Show 2017

"Ruddycleave Farm Revisited" by Rosemary Bonney, winner of the Themed prize

FOLIL (Roots)

Oil paintings by Paz Treuquil

 

Monday 25th June to Saturday 30th June ~ 10am - 5pm daily

 

Paz Treuquil was born in South America, in the territory that is now known as Chile. There she began to paint pictures in a totally intuitive and self-taught way, inspired by the precious symbolic universe, the rites and traditions of the indigenous culture to which she belongs. For the Mapuches, the deep respect they feel for nature is inscribed in the meaning of their own name as a people, composed of the words Mapu (land) and Che (people), that is, people of the land. This cultural premise is present throughout the pictorial work of Paz, marked by a predominance of bright colors that further enhance the strength and power of human representations next to trees, vegetation or wild animals.

 

    The dreamlike and symbolic landscape that most of his paintings present always has indigenous spirituality as a backdrop, reflecting sacred concepts directed at the hearts of the people of her own people, but that also manage to transmit to the uninitiated spectator emotions that reconnect them with the cultural universe of their most remote ancestors. Thus, there are constant images related to maternity and fertility, ancestral archetypes that express the concept of renewal and cyclic regeneration of LIFE, since the first human cultures began to paint with red ochre on the walls of the paleolithic caves.

 

Paz treuquil, an indigenous and feminine look that embraces, envelops and submerges us in the indomitable and wild world of the Ñuke Mapu (Mother Earth).

www.paztreuquil.com

Nutopia plus

Raw Art Forum

 

Sunday 1st July to Saturday 7th July ~ 10am – 4.45pm daily except

Sunday 2pm - 4pm,  Saturday 10am – 4pm

 

Raw Art Forum came together as a group in early 2016 - four artists with separate and diverse practices. They have worked closely together since the beginning with a view to creating installation pieces for exhibition alongside work from their individual practices. Working together however requires a different approach. Egos are set aside, familiar materials are discarded, and new ways of working are quickly learnt.

 

The Nutopia installation consists of eleven elements each made up of individual items housed in white display units mounted on cardboard delivery boxes. The Nutopia print suite is produced as a complementary piece to be shown alongside the main installation. The prints are based on the original graphics used on the installation labels.

 

The concept of Nutopia was that it would investigate the obsessive nature of 21st century consumerism, through an imaginary company fulfilling the expectations of people who want everything and more.

This first collaboration is one that has surprised them, inasmuch that it bears little or no resemblance to their own work - it has its roots in every day consumerism, within which they have created their own ‘medicinal’ product models - their mutual sense of fun has informed this particular collaboration; humour seemingly connects things. They investigate the every day - small things that may, or may not, affect us all.

 

Alongside Nutopia the four artists will show new work from their individual practice.

 

Raw Art Forum artists are: Aidan Cooper, Steve Neill, Jennifer Jayarajah, Fergus Cooper

www.rawartforum.co.uk

Sunlight in Your Eyes

An exhibition by Totnes based artist Ben Whittles

 

Sunday 8th July to Saturday 14th June  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

That blissful moment when, with sunlight in your eyes, you look at the endless, ever-changing sea and your heart lifts. The uniqueness of that moment; those key elements of sea, sunlight, land and the people around you combine and connect in ways they never have before, and never will again. In that moment you have the space to stop thinking and start feeling.

 

In these paintings I have tried to capture and preserve those moments.

Metro & Moor

Susan Williamson and Mei Lim

 

Monday 16th July to Saturday 21st July  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

This duo are returning after their exhibition of art – SPACES & PLACES in April 2017. This year after a several trips to Spain, Portugal and London, Sue returns with a whole new body of paintings rooted in the places she has travelled to – of urban and metropolitan landscape, past and present. Her technique, through the juxtaposition and layering of her subject matter recreates the residual memories and sensations of moving through architectural spaces. The perpetually changing play of light and colour on the array of surfaces she encounters is her continuous challenge.

Mei will be showing some photographs but she has also spent the last 12 months honing her new found printmaking skills and has come up with a body of reduction block woodcuts that portray her love for the landscape nearer home – The West Country, particularly South Devon and Dartmoor. She will be showing some highly complex prints that friends think she is insane to attempt. Each new print is meant to be simpler than the last. But it never is.

Changing Landscapes

Vicky Emby

 

Sunday 22nd July to Saturday 28th July  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily except Sunday 10.30am - 3pm

 

Since returning to the south West of England I’ve visited, drawn on location and painted in the studio, many areas around Totnes, Dartington, Little Dartmouth, Dartmoor and Sharpham.

These drawings inspire the canvas painting and the exhibition is part of an on-going work in progress exploration of the changing landscapes that make up the South Hams.

I'm fascinated by the vast sky, the structure of the fields and rocks, the layers that piece together to build texture and colour. My career started in illustration and textile design but now includes watercolour and acrylic painting onto canvas and board.

Dean Prior Life Drawing Group

Summer Exhibition

 

Sunday 29th July to Saturday 4th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

Now in its ninth year, this exhibition celebrates the creative talent of the Dean Prior group of artists. Centred on studies of the figure produced throughout the year, the work on display represents the individual artist’s responses to the live model.

The variety and originality of work produced by the Dean Prior artists makes this an exhibition not to be missed.

 

 

All work will be for sale.

 

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