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current show


10th April – 21st May 2018

CAROLINE BAILEY     SUZY FASHT    DEBBIE PROSSER
REECE INGRAM    PETER FLUCK    NORAH KENNEDY
ANNIE HEWETT    HELEN NOCK    LAURA BAXTER

ARDYN GRIFFIN

Spring – with all it promises – sets the scene for the paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mobiles, willow-work, jewellery and puppets in this first exhibition of the season.

CAROLINE BAILEY

Spring Morning   mixed media  66 x 77cm

An artist of many years’ standing, CAROLINE BAILEY now lives on the isle of Skye where the clarity of light  enhances her favourite subjects of flowers and the Scottish landscape, giving vibrancy to the colours she uses.  Although in essence descriptive, her paintings are mainly concerned with shape, colour and the layering of textures, expressed in a semi-abstract way.  Caroline is an elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

CAROLINE BAILEY

Sunflowers in Yellow Jug  mm 70 x 70cm

Jonquils & Tulips by Moonlight  mm 60 x 60cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Pink Lilies mm 66 x71cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Grape Hyacinth mm 23 x 20cm

Hellebores  mm 20 x 21cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Anemones on Red  mm 66 x 76cm

Spring Flowers  32 x 32cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Hyacinth in White Pot mm 46 x 43cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Green Boat, Kyle mm  22 x 22cm

Houses, Ulinish Bay  mm  36 x 36cm

CAROLINE BAILEY

Celtic Moors mm 29x30cm

The Pendeen Watch, West Penwith  mm 25x28cm


DEBBIE PROSSER

Terra Sigillata vessels

DP34  Leaf bowl 20cmd x 10cmh

An enterprising, entrepreneural potter, DEBBIE PROSSER first worked with earthenware at Penhalvean, Cornwall, where she built her own workshop and kiln and set up a printing press, publishing hand-crafted books.  Stimulated by a residency in China after she moved nearer Penzance, she started working exclusively in porcelain.  Now fully mastering this tricky material, she throw beautifully formed one-off pieces, decorated with the medium of ‘terra sigillata’ mixed with oxides and under-glaze colours, giving scope for her illustrative talents.

EBBIE PROSSER

3 leaf vases
DP35-16cmh, DP36 -12cm, DP37-15cm

4 Spring beakers DP16

EBBIE PROSSER

DP15 spouted bowl 16cm d

EBBIE PROSSER

DP26 Shallow leaf dish 25cm d

DP20 Lime vase, DP17 Snowdrop, DP18 striped

EBBIE PROSSER

DP27 Fish plate 25cm d, DP13 Fish bowl 24cm x 7cm

EBBIE PROSSER

DPd Fish Jug


Gardens and her Dartmoor surroundings are the main source of SUZY FASHT’s subjects.
Drawings done on the spot are transformed in watercolour, oil or egg tempera into more imaginative paintings ~ using colour as the Fauves did ~ to convey mood and atmosphere. Suzy studied Painting at the Royal Academy Schools, followed by many awards and commissions. She has been selected for the R.A. Summer Exhibitions over several years.

SUZY FASHT

F21 Digging Deep  oil  100 x 100cm

SUZY FASHT

SF2 Path through a Wood w/c 26 x 28cm

SF9  Harvest Moon w/c  26 x 28cm

SUZY FASHT

SF20 Up on the Moor  oil  60 x 97cm

SUZY FASHT

SF5  View of a Garden  w/c  24 x 19cm

SF13 Garden Bed w/c  26 x 28cm

SUZY FASHT

SF18 Waiting for the Hollyhocks  gouache  32 x 50cm

Suzy Fasht

SF12 Meadow  w/c  23 x 26cm

SF19 Conversation between 3 Trees   oil  51 x 51cm

Suzy Fasht

SF4 That kind of Day  w/c  38 x 36cm


Working with slipware gives ANNIE HEWETT scope to use a drawn line in combination with freely painted colour – a skill attained through her BA in Graphic Design at St Martin’s School of Art in the ‘60s. Her love of textile designs by such artists as Ravilious and Edward Bawden in the ‘50s give an illustrative quality to her ‘retro’ range of tableware.

Annie is a Member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

ANNIE HEWETT

AH3 Square mugs – earthenware

ANNIE HEWETT

AH12  Gratin Dish

AH10 Large Bowl

ANNIE HEWETT

Plates and cereal bowls

ANNIE HEWETT

‘Retro’ small, medium and large Jugs

ANNIE HEWETT

Shelves of Annie’s slipware pots


Intrigued by shape, movement and form, ever inventive PETER FLUCK has created a series of mobiles which are suspended from the ridge beam in the gallery.  The component pieces are assembled and balanced to create ever-changing three dimensional drawings. These freely connected parts allow multiple freedom of movement as the air wafts through the room. 

PETER FLUCK

PF4  mobile  acrylic 33” x 33”

PF6  mobile  acrylic 36” x 32”

PETER FLUCK

PF9 mobile  acrylic  55” x 37”

PETER FLUCK

PF2  mobile  acrylic  44” x 35”

PF7  mobile  acrylic  44” x 36”

PETER FLUCK

PF8  mobile  acrylic  42” x 42”

PF3  mobile  acrylic  35” x 35”

In similar vein, albeit on paper, are his Calligraphies. These elegant flowing forms without linguistic meaning can be seen as a ‘surreal abstract expressions of calligraphy’. Well known for his founding role in the legendary ‘Spitting Image’ satirical TV programme, Peter has subsequently worked as an artist in a variety of mediums (always with dramatic results!) from his studio on the Lizard.

PETER FLUCK

PF callig. 5  ink on paper

PETER FLUCK

PF callig. 4  ink on paper

PF callig. 7 ink on paper


Equally graphic in style are LAURA BAXTER’s ‘drawings’ in metal.  From her childhood days in the Lincolnshire Wolds, she always enjoyed making tiny objects.
Captivated by the delicate features of plants and nature led her to study and gain a BA Hons in 3-D Design at Manchester University. She subsequently set up the first of her workshops to make intricate mixed metal jewellery for which she is now well-known internationally.  Her detailed observation of plants and birds gives her the skill to abstract and simplify her images without destroying the verisimilitude of their origin.  Most of the jewellery in this collection combines silver with 18 ct gold.

LAURA BAXTER

LB  3 oval bird brooches

LAURA BAXTER

LB36  Large Allium brooch

LB  Honesty brooches

LAURA BAXTER

LB  Bird earrings on twigs

LAURA BAXTER

LB Honesty and Wisteria pendants

LB Bird bar pendants


REECE INGRAM is a sculptor - of wood and stone - whose notable commissions over the years include large sculptures for the Eden project, Grizedale Forest and the Princess Diana Memorial playground in London.  However, in 2012 he acquired a kiln and began to “play with clay” – enjoying its plasticity as an alternative to the obdurate quality of stone.  His chosen themes still stem from nature, and his experimentation with incised line decoration, colour, patination and texture has led to a whole new realm of exciting, work. Reece also teaches Ceramics at Truro College where he delights in “teaching adults and children new skills and sharing my joy in the natural world”.

REECE INGRAM

RI 30 The Quick Brown Fox

REECE INGRAM

RI 7 Brock

RI 19 Red Bull

REECE INGRAM

RI 13  Spitfire Bird

RI 31  Red Spats

RI 33 Spitfire Bird 2

REECE INGRAM

RI 2  Black Necked Grebe

RI 28 Creek Wader

RI 26  Razorbill

REECE INGRAM

RI 36 Blue Bird

RI 29 Fieldfare

REECE INGRAM

RI 5 Thrush

RI 14 Bull finch

RI 3  Gold finch

REECE INGRAM

RI 11 John Dory

RI 27 In the Deep Sea

REECE INGRAM

RI 15 Quail

RI 24  Wren

RI 4 Wheatearl

REECE INGRAM

RI 17 Goldcrest

RI 20 Joker

RI 9 Bunting

~ and staring imposingly around the walled garden is Reece’s Pelican, carved out of Carrara marble. Reece saw him in the creeks near Truro – blown off-route from Canada!

REECE INGRAM

RI.37 ‘Odysseus’


NORAH KENNEDY has been weaving willow baskets professionally for over 30 years, after studying the work of basket makers in England, Ireland and Poland.  This craft appeals to her farming background for its combination of natural materials, traditional skills and for making baskets that are “right in themselves and good for use”.  She sources most of the willow from Somerset, and the more unusual colours from Herefordshire.  Her range includes baskets of many different styles and uses.  Norah lives in Stroud where she teaches day and residential courses, as well as working to commission.

NORAH KENNEDY

Potato hopper & small basket 

Willow log baskets

NORAH KENNEDY

Selection of willow baskets


Working in a disused stone quarry surrounded by wildlife, HELEN NOCK creates most of her outdoor sculptures, tables and birdbaths from reclaimed slate, inlaid with stained glass and sometimes small pebbles or beachcombed objects. Inspired by ancient standing stones – especially those that emerged during the crossover from Paganism to Christianity, she has carved for PRIMAVERA three tall structures based on Sun Worship. The glass apertures are at eye level and glow with unexpected luminosity at the right angle to the sun. Working in tune with nature, Helen favours slower hand-driven methods of working, rather than modern technologies.

HELEN NOCK

Crucis  slate & glass

Sun worshipper (Primavera 1)  slate & glass

HELEN NOCK

Small Henge table  slate & glass 

Square Henge table  Slate & glass

HELEN NOCK

Spring Regis table & stools

HELEN NOCK

Sun Cup 1  slate, glass

Sun Cup 2  slate, glass


Aspects of the exotic and unusual have always featured in ARDYN GRIFFIN’s work, whether in paintings, ceramics, narrative decoration of tin chests or papier maché sculptures – and now she is weaving stories and characters into puppets which pop up on a stick surrounded by their painted papier maché habitats!  The amusing aspect of these creations, however, in no way belies their artistic merit. After training at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, Ardyn gained a Distinction in Fine Art at Goldsmith College, London, among other awards.  She lives in a C16th cottage with a huge garden with chickens, guinea fowl and peacocks.

ARDYN GRIFFIN

AG1 Sally Sapnose

AG3  Dorelia

AG2  Primrose

ARDYN GRIFFIN

AG5 May Crossway

AG6  Dorothy

all mixed media, with papier maché painted cones

Also on display is ALEX MALCOLMSON’s ‘Rain Goose’ – an elegant Red throated Diver, whose habitat is the northern isles of Scotland

ALEX MALCOLMSON

Rain Goose, side 1

Rain Goose, side 2

65 x 21 x 30cm carved, painted wood

and another Platter by MARK HEARLD, which proved so popular in our last exhibition ‘Northern Lights’ ~

MARK HEARLD

Flying Gull – slipware 38cm diameter


No Yew Tree Gallery exhibition would be complete without an offering from JOHN MALTBY!  We have a delightful new collection from him this month; a few are illustrated:

JOHN MALTBY

JM36 Two Figures and a Tree  23 x 18cm

JOHN MALTBY

JM37  King of England  25 x 16cm

JM39  King with Bobble Earrings  22 x 9cm

JOHN MALTBY

JM46  Flying Swan plaque  25 x 25.5cm

JOHN MALTBY

JM41 Lined Man, Wise Owl

JM20  Serious Wise Man

JOHN MALTBY

JM 47 Lady Gardener plaque 19 x 31cm

JOHN MALTBY

JM10 Guardian Angel 25cm high

JM 8 Curly-haired Angel   25cm high


A welcome newcomer among our Printmakers is MICK MANNING, whose unusual ‘pochoir’ prints are on display in the browser ~ here are a few:

MICK MANNING

MM3 Spring Curlews

MM1 Whooper Swans

MICK MANNING

MM4 Blue Merle Lurcher Pup


Extra jewels have arrived from GINA COWEN and GUY ROYLE and RITA SERES.
Images can be sent as email attachments to anyone interested in their latest work.

And last, but not least, we are supporting through sales and donations in this exhibition the ‘Nomad Return Project’ through the Charity ‘Heart of Asia’.  This is to enable Tibetan nomads who have been coerced into bleak resettlement villages near the edges of towns where there is no use for their skills, to return to the land and continue their self-sufficient lifestyle, moving their herds of Yak from pasture to pasture in harmony with the seasons. Poverty and crime are rampant in the settlements.  To enable families to embrace their life of freedom and self-sufficiency once more, the Project funds starter herds of Dri (female Yaks) for the poorest nomads. The cost of a Dri with baby is £350.

The Charity has for many years helped vulnerable communities in remote Eastern Tibet, working closely with their respected leaders.

 

Nomads return, with Yaks

Nomad tents in high pastures

Resettlement village, Tibet

I hope you enjoy all we have to offer in this first exhibition of the season!  The next at Yew Tree Gallery is ‘In Arcadia’, curated by Miranda Leonard, which runs from 3rd June – 28th July 2018.

Gilly

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