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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Into the Light

Arthur Glendinning

 

Monday 6th August to Saturday 11th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

An exhibition of acrylic on canvas paintings by Arthur Glendinning.

Tor to Shore

Clare Jenkinson, Alan Gregory, Chris Pitman

 

Monday 13th August to Saturday 18th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily (4pm Saturday)

 

Following last year’s successful “Power of Three” Exhibition at the Artizan Gallery, Torquay, the “Teign Three” artists, Clare Jenkinson, Alan Gregory and Chris Pitman, present a second exhibition together.

The theme of this year’s exhibition owes much to local poet Alice Oswald’s Dart collection, as they are exploring the life of a river as it flows from source to sea, from Tor to Shore:  moorland; river banks; pebble-beds; estuary; cliff-edge; and shoreline.  Individually in their work there is often a focus on boats, jetties, the particular buildings that have evolved along the water's edge, the effects of light on water, sky and sea, and the shapes and patterns that water creates.  This joint project brings their different responses to the subject together. 

These responses vary from Clare’s expressionistic colourist approach to the subject, which shows a fascination with the reflections created in the water by the surroundings and movement along and through the river, through Alan’s impressionistic explorations of the dramatic interactions between sky and landscape, through to Chris’s “painterly realist” style with it’s particular interests in boats and waterside architecture.  These different interpretations of a unified theme should provide interest for art lovers of different persuasions.

Universal Language

Charles Somerton

 

Monday 20th August to Saturday 25th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

In the modern age we consider our race to be ultra-connected; through the sharing of an unfathomable quantity of information over the internet, but how much of that communication can be understood by every human being?  How much of that information is bound by the culture within which it was created?  On a basic level, verbal and written language inhibits mass comprehension and translation is a sophisticated but slow form of Chinese whispers.  Loneliness is an epidemic and few of us even know our neighbours names.  We have allowed our sense of community to be wrung out of us by the capitalist machine.  Furthermore we allow the machine to give us a false sense of our connection to each other.

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words; however if a representational painting or photograph is symbolic or intended to illustrate a narrative then that is not necessarily communicated by viewing alone.  An abstract image that has been created to an elusive intellectual concept can prove to be even more difficult to discern.  Likewise, the lyrics of a song are also a locked box to anyone who does not know the language in which it is sung.  However, instrumental music is universal and could wash over a crowd of people that are completely incapable of communicating with each other verbally and unite them in rhythm.

In the visual arts I believe that abstract painting also has the highest potential to be a universal language.  True abstraction is beyond description in words, have you ever heard a plausible description of Love?  The critique of abstract painting is often reduced to a soulless analysis of colour and compositional relationships or it is regarded that the concept behind the work is more important than the artwork itself.

I paint intuitively and spontaneously with geometry as my shepherd; in the hope of creating works that people can connect to in a silent conversation, regardless of their cultural heritage.  Art should be universally inclusive.

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