Monday 22nd October to Saturday 27th October ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily
Peter King came from a humble background. His Mother worked in a sweet factory and his father worked for the council, so it was quite extraordinary twist of fate at the tender age of thirteen that he was given a scholarship to the Hammersmith School Art. He left at sixteen as he felt that he needed to make a living as a commercial artist, so he hawked his portfolio around London. His talent was quickly recognised and he soon made a name for himself as a freelancer designer and calligrapher. In later years his career took a different turn when he became an art director on several feature films.
He never abandoned his love of drawing and painting, and early depictions of London and the river feature faultless draftsmanship with muted tones and a strong use of light. These pictures created a solid foundation for the work that was to follow.
It was on family holidays driving through France and Spain that he was struck by the vibrant colours of the Mediterranean and his passion for landscapes was ignited. These paintings were the beginning of his exploration of the use of intense bold colours, which would be a dominant theme within his work. But it is through his technique and passionate handling of paint, bold brushwork and richness of colour that Peter manipulates the viewer’s emotional response. He had now found his own vivid truthful style.
Far from softening with maturity, the artist’s palette has become increasingly passionate and free. The wild flamboyance of his art stems not from mental anguish but from the world around him that depicts admiration and joy.
His work is also available for viewing on: www.artgallery.co.uk
Monday 29th October to Saturday 3rd November ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily
At the time of year when the veil between the worlds grows thin, Val Jones, Nancy Pickard and Verity Newman present an exhibition taking an irreverent romp around the certainty of death.
Work from these three established West Country artists will range from the profound to the darkly comic.
There will be prints and paintings, mixed media work, jewellery and ceramics.
Monday 5th November to Saturday 10th November ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily
I became interested in art at about the age of 12 when my art teacher marked my homework with an 11/10 and even a 12/10! and art became one of my favorite lessons! Prior to that my art homework used to be a rushed scribble in a book, until one day I decided to spend time doing a proper drawing.
After school I completed 1 year of a 2 year diploma in graphic design, followed by another year a few years later, but I never could see myself doing this for a living.
Art became a random hobby that I got in and out of mainly for pleasure, but selling a piece here and there and doing the odd commission. I also worked with batik and painted mandalas.
The past few years have been spent in a beautiful Victorian walled garden in Totnes, growing cottage garden flowers with a friend of mine, which we sold on Totnes market, as well as arrangements for weddings and other events. We were always in awe of the colour and beauty of the flowers and they have been a big source of inspiration to me.
Lately I've rediscovered the joy of painting in a more free and experimental way, allowing myself to play with colour, texture and style with no particular outcome with some pieces. This has been an enjoyable and therapeutic experience and an opportunity to share another side of myself. This is my first ever exhibition and it came about through the persuasion of an artist friend of mine who pushed me to give it a try. I decided to feel the fear and do it anyway!
Monday 12th November to Saturday 17th November ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily
Maximum minimalism, maximum hygge. Exquisite useable ceramics for eating and displaying.
Human nature. Figurative prints, paintings and other original artworks: earthy and otherworldly.
Seaweed as you've never seen it, stark and beautiful. Pressings of real seaweed specimens; and its art.