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current show

Simon Pooley

‘Hot Swing’  40 x 50cm   mixed media on wood panel

Fluidity of line, combined with a marvellous colour sense, gives SIMON POOLEY’S work a vibrant energy.  Whether catching the moment of birds on the wing or focusing on a patch of field near his home in West Penwith, he creates atmosphere and a sense of place with minimal detail.  His love of dancing and music evolves into subject matter too.  Gyrating dancers are caught in suspended motion through a few perfectly placed brush marks.  Simon draws on the spot as an ‘aide-memoire’, but the paintings are made in the studio.

A member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, Simon moved to Cornwall in 1992 after practising as an architect for 12 years.  He is shown in major galleries in Britain.

SIMON POOLEY

‘A perfect Landing’ 60 x 60cm 
mixed media on canvas

‘Summer Garden with Bees’ 30 x 30cm 
mixed media on canvas

SIMON POOLEY

Morning after the Storm’ 40 x 40cm  
mixed media on canvas

‘November Landscape’ 39 x 39cm  
mixed media on canvas

SIMON POOLEY

‘Take to the Sky’ 19 x 24cm 
mixed media on paper

‘Rook’s Perch’ 19 x 24cm
mixed media on paper

SIMON POOLEY

‘Soaring Rooks’ 60 x 60cm  mixed media on canvas

SIMON POOLEY

‘Wind Surfers’  40 x 50cm
mixed media on canvas

Hunter’  24 x 21cm
mixed media on board

SIMON POOLEY

‘Flying High’ 43 x 35cm  mixed media on panel

This is a selection of Simon Pooley’s work in the exhibition; more may be seen via e-mail by request



Fascinated by people, figurative painter CHARLOTTE LYON observes their expressions, moods and movements.  Drawn particularly to those going about their daily work, her studies of humanity can be poignant as well as witty.  Commissions have led her behind the scenes at hospitals, opera houses and hotel kitchens around the world, leading to insightful depictions in oils or acrylic and charcoal.  She interprets ‘Joie de Vivre’ as simple moments of pleasure, such as eating together, the taste of chocolate, a chord of sublime music, the excitement of a first night at the theatre….and such moments are captured in her paintings.

Growing up in London with her artist parents, Charlotte now lives in Amsterdam and exhibits widely in Europe, as well as London where she recently had a solo show at the Chelsea Arts Club.

Charlotte Lyon

‘Joie de Vivre’ framed size 49 x 49cm: image 29 x 29cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘Coffee’
framed size 38 x 39cm: image 19 x 19cm

‘Rue du Cherche Midi’
framed size 48 x 49: image 29 x 30cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘Party Nights’ framed size 60 x 40cm: image 40 x 20cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘Maestro’
framed 35 x 35cm: image 15 x 16cm

‘Rapt’
framed 41 x 41cm: image 20 x 19cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘Magician’s Assistant’
framed 49x 32cm: image 20 x 12cm

‘Alchemy’
framed 50 x 38cm:  image 30 x 18cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘Juggler’ framed 48 x 38: image 29 x 19cm

Charlotte Lyon

‘November Nights’
framed 60 x 50cm:  image 40 x 30cm

‘Opera Nights’
framed 48 x 48cm:  image 28 x 28cm

If you wish to see more of Charlotte’s paintings from the exhibition, images can be sent by email.

As Charlotte’s paintings are selling so well, there are some new arrivals
to add to her collection:

charlotte-lyon

‘Gusto’ framed size 41 x 41cm

charlotte-lyon

‘Zeal’ framed size 40 x 39cm

charlotte-lyon

‘Affinity’ 15 x 21cm Image size (unframed as yet)

 


ESTHER SMITH’s sources of inspiration stem from her passion for nature and love of stories.  She is both jeweller and automata maker.  Dreams and pleasurable aspirations are manifest in some of the automata, which she makes out of patinated brass and copper, embellished with metal leaf and accents of reclaimed printed tin. Elements in some are wrought from silver.  Her techniques were learnt through metalwork training at Birmingham School of Jewellery and a subsequent Degree in Art and Design. Since the early ‘90s Esther concentrated solely on jewellery, capturing the subtle texture of seeds and leaves in silver.  Cutting metal silhouettes of wild creatures to create brooches or pendants led her into the field of automata.  These now form a predominant part of her studio work.

A member of Cornwall Crafts Association, Esther exhibits at galleries in her native Scotland as well as England and teaches at the University in Falmouth where she now lives.

Esther Smith

‘Passing By’ metals & mixed media

Esther Smith

‘Hare Wood’
silver, patinated copper

‘Apple Tree’ (and Piglet)
mixed metals and wood

Esther Smith

‘Midnight Ramblers’
mixed metals and wood

‘Wild Ducks’
mixed metals and wood

Esther Smith

‘Sunflowers’
mixed metals, metal leaf

‘Silver Fritillary’
silver, brass, metal leaf

Esther Smith

‘Ancient Mariners’
patinated copper, metal leaf, wood

‘Silver Hare’
silver, mixed metals, wood

Images of other automata by Esther can be seen via email, so do ask us!

 

A selection of Esther’s jewellery

Esther Smith

Hare pendant, silver

Snow Geese pendant, silver

Esther Smith

Honesty necklace, silver and peridot

Esther Smith

Whale brooch, silver

Sycamore drop earrings, silver

Esther Smith

Cat Walker brooch
silver, patinated copper

Dog Walker brooch
silver, patinated copper

Mel Day

‘Parade’   Mel Day

MD2 'White Horse’
50 x 50cm

MD1 ‘Black Swan’
50 x 40cm
MD3 ‘Mas Man’
62cm h
MD4 Hatching Plans’
50cm h
iron wire, mixed wood, porcelain and other media

Wire is MEL DAY’s favoured medium.  Initially working with line through illustration, she was keen to extend drawing into 3 dimensions – resulting in her career as a wire sculptor.  “Man as a natural being and our relationship with the natural world” are her predominant themes, though she is also stimulated by circus and dance. Through her deft manipulation of fine wire, she also ‘writes’ poems and sayings as wall-pieces.  As well as working for frequent exhibitions, Mel enthusiastically passes on her skills through art workshops.  Sometimes this involves collaborative large sculptural images in wire for festivals and schools in the West Country.  She lives with her family in Frome.

(MD4 ‘Hatching Plans’) – detail

(MD3 ‘Mas Man’) – detail

Mel Day

(MD6) ‘Lullaby’
19 x 22cm mixed wire, wood, porcelain

Mel Day

(MD7) ‘Blackbird’ mixed wire

(MD10) ‘Silly Birds’ mixed wire

Mel Day

‘Hoola Hoop Dancer’ iron & reclaimed wire, porcelain 46cm h

Mel Day

‘Joie de Vivre’

Do ask if you would like to see larger-scale individual images of the 4 Parade figures.


ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG4) ‘The Potter’ 32 x 26cm

Working for many years as a painter and potter after her Fine Art Degree at Goldsmiths and the Ruskin School of Drawing, ARDYN GRIFFIN now enthusiastically embraces the malleable material of papier mâché to create painted sculptures and automata.  Her love of animals and birds, coupled with a vibrant imagination, leads us into a world of exotic parrots, jungle creatures and fantasy boat voyages.  Ardyn exhibits in Wales and the South West and lives in an old cottage in Gloucestershire with a huge garden filled with peacocks, guinea fowl and chickens – and wonderful plants!

ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG 8) ‘Hare and Bracken’
35 x 33cm

(AG9) ‘Leaping Hare’
37 x 28cm

ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG7) ‘Dancing with Parrots’ 28cm h

ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG2) ‘The Folly Rosebush’
36cm h

(AG6) ‘Greeting the Sun’
52cm h

ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG3) ‘Release’ 43cm h

ARDYN GRIFFIN

(AG1) ‘Yaffle
49cm h

(AG5) ‘Leaping Streams
42cm h

DEREK NICE has been immersed in the Arts since College days, both as practitioner and teacher.  A world-wide maritime traveller, he has always been drawn to ships and the sea.  These past 20 years he has been making sculptures from found materials, mainly shipwrecked wood, where layers of paint have been leached and scoured by the sea and weather.  Malta, his home for many years, offers a rich source  of such material and it is from pieces of storm-broken fishing boats that his latest collection of winged figures has evolved.  Initially exhibited at Worcester Cathedral, these deceptively simple shapes create a moving group of benign angels, suspended on the walls and free-standing.

Derek and his artist wife, Mary now live in Somerset.

DEREK NICE

dn1 ‘Orange-blue angel’
47 x 17cm

dn2  ‘Redwing Angel’
53 x 21cm

DEREK NICE

dn41 ‘Blue Stripe Angel 1’ 51 x 42cm

DEREK NICE

dn34 ‘Angel of the Spring’
61 x 23cm

dn32 ‘Swift Angel’
51 x 18cm

DEREK NICE

dn31‘Blue Wing Angel’
54 x 27cm

dn11 ‘Oar blade Angel’
57 x 33cm

There are five more Angels in Derek’s collection – soon to be photographed and available to be seen via email!


GINA COWEN

Multicoloured seaglass ropes

Another material gathered from the sea and given a glowing new life is the sea-glass which GINA COWEN combines with silver and gold in earrings, rings and necklaces.  She seeks out unusual coloured glass, some derived from the spoil of C19th glass works on the North East coast, some from ancient wrecked trading vessels around the Scillies.  Her silver and gold-smithing skills were learnt at Sir John Cass College, resulting in the graceful swan-neck hooks which form an integral part of her earring designs.  Gina’s studio is in Oxford and she shows in specialist craft galleries in London and elsewhere.  Her jewels have been featured in many publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Country Living and The Times Magazine.

GINA COWEN

GC10 Aqua seaglass necklace with frosted glass beads & fluorite

GINA COWEN

GC33, GC30, GC35 swan-neck earrings
Red/pink; 
Blue/turquoise; 
Eau-de-nil seaglass

GC61, GC53, GC39 rings
Sea-blue, 24ct gold;
Deep emerald, silver;
Swirly turquoise, silver, gold balls

GINA COWEN

GC22 Blue/aqua double drop on 18ct gold swan-neck hooks

GINA COWEN

GC63, GC62 cufflinks patterned seaglass, silver

GC6 Summer rope necklace
multi-coloured seaglass, pearls, turquoise,
antique glass, semi-precious beads

In the gardens, metalsmith MIKE SAVAGE shows his versatility in manipulating copper, aluminium and steel in shoals of fish and flying and roosting birds.  He also sculpts and welds aluminium into large seed-heads and patinated copper into garden pots.  Following his M.A. at the Royal College of Art, Mike now works in Hampshire and exhibits at specialist sculpture galleries across the country, including ‘Fresh Air’ at Quenington in the Cotswolds.

Mike Savage

Shoal of Fish, aluminium


As well as these main exhibitors, there will also be new work available by JOHN MALTBY, CHRIS BARNES, JUDITH ROWE, DUIBHNE GOUGH, GUY ROYLE and RITA SERES.

We hope to raise funds through sales and donations in ‘JOIE DE VIVRE’ for the Cornwall-based Charity ‘UK Action for Refugees’.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  Gilly

Last but not least, another date for your diary!  Our next exhibition ‘TRUE TO FORM’ is from 4th September – 29th October when we will be showing studies of the figure in pastel, ink and oils by ROSE HILTON, bronze sculpture by BREON O’CASEY,  lustrous ceramics by SUTTON TAYLOR, silver and gold jewellery by GUY ROYLE and in the Glasshouse ~ abstract landscapes by JENNY RYRIE and tableware by DAVID GARLAND.

 

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