Thoughts triggered by the constant change in the world around us – fragments dispersing and re-forming in different patterns – gave rise to the idea of Kaleidoscope as a theme for this exhibition. The difference here, however, is that the fragments or particles of colour and shape are, in each artist’s case, drawn together in exquisite harmony.
DAVID KEMP is an artist well-known for his intriguing mixed-media sculptures . He is also a painter of talent, and he has spent these past 3 years walking the coast and moors around his West Penwith home, with his paints and dog, in all weathers. His passion for capturing the enigmatic nature of Cornwall’s furthest outpost is revealed in these spontaneous watercolours. His idiom moves from detail to complete abstraction. Both aspects of his work reflect his immediate emotional response to his surroundings.
(more images may be seen on request)
Glass artist PETER LAYTON’s fluid forms encapsulate a microcosm of beach and sea. A Master of the art of glassmaking, now in his 80th year, he has achieved a stream of accolades for his work. From architectural projects to prestigious international exhibitions, Peter’s creative energy and skill have known no bounds since he first started working with glass in the 1960s when hot glass was a revolutionary technique. “Glass is magical and extraordinarily seductive,” explains Peter. “Every piece is a challenge and an adventure and you never know exactly what you have created until you open the annealing kiln….always a moment of surprise!”
Despite studying Sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art, Pottery became CHRIS BARNES’ chosen metier, which he has followed since 1989. For 10 years he made pots and taught at The Chocolate Factory in Hackney, where he developed his glazes and cheerful decoration which soon attracted an enthusiastic following. Restless with urban life, Chris took off to a remote part of Scotland in 2006 where he built a large gas-fired kiln and “a new playfulness and freedom born of having more time and energy” uplifted his work. Well-established and now working from a cowshed in Cumbria, he feels as enthusiastic as ever about his chosen career.
DUIBHNE GOUGH sources rare and unusual semi-precious stones from around the world to combine with silver and 18ct gold in her necklaces and earrings. She learnt the skills of silversmithing and stone carving from her father, Breon O’Casey, and in time-honoured tradition, uses the simple hammer for beating out the silver and gold to form bangles, pendants and earrings. Her intuitive sense of colour and form has led to her success as a designer-jeweller and her jewellery is shown in many specialist craft galleries in Britain.
JOHN MALTBY, now in his 80th year, continues to delight and surprise us with his stoneware sculptures. Amusing and poignant, his imagery stems from a mixture of archetypal figures, (often with symbolic significance), of memories of childhood and “experiences dimly remembered from the past”, and simply springing from his imagination. John is recognised as one of Britain’s finest ceramic artists.
Also in the exhibition are RITA SERES’ necklaces, ALISON DUPERNEX’s silk scarves and original prints by MARK HEARLD, EMILY SUTTON, BREON O’CASEY, ANGELA HARDING, ANGIE LEWIN and others.
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