I’m delighted to have Through Dark selected for the Penwith Gallery’s Spring Associates Exhibition which opened its doors on 12 April.
Through Dark was the first of my winter 2020/21 series that has heralded a darker phase to my work – a clear contrast to the sunny brights of the preceding summer and autumn.
Through Dark is acrylics and mixed media on canvas board, mounted and framed, 60cm x 60cm (image is 40cm x 40cm) – £500
The show runs from 19th March – 22 May 2021
Winter 2020/21 has heralded a darker phase to my work – a clear contrast to the sunny brights of the preceding summer and autumn. My art has taken a more reflective and personal – indeed visceral – turn.
I’m creating a largely monochrome set – some of which have crimson pulsing through them. I’m enjoying the direction this solitary time is taking me in and am hoping the artworks will be on show in the coming months.
Detail from two of the works is shown below:
I’m delighted to have Sanctuary 1 selected for the Penwith Gallery’s Winter Associates Exhibition. I helped to set up the show and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Sanctuary 1 is from my recent Vessels series inspired by boatworks in St Ives Harbour. The artworks meld the natural and man-made landscapes I encountered on my daily walks at that quiet, strange time in lockdown 2020. They reflect what remains of the fishing industry and the almost eerie sense of stillness and calm that descended upon St Ives. This one is the first entitled Sanctuary and is an abstraction of weathered boats in the Harbour. By the time I painted this, the town had filled up with tourists over the summer and was just starting to empty again as the second wave of Covid-19 began to strike. St Ives was becoming my sanctuary again.
It is acrylics and mixed media on canvas board, mounted and framed in white frame, 60cm x 60cm (image is 40cm x 40cm) – £500
The show runs from 7th November 2020 – 9th January 2021
Late summer was taken up with me taking on a space in the centre of St Ives for my new studio, and preparing it for its new use.
Whilst I’ve got a great studio at the top of my house – with great views over St Ives Bay, I was running out of space. My tendency to do series or larger paintings was being hindered so it was time to venture out. It also means I can escape the house and concentrate on my painting with few distractions.
The studio is now fully functional and I’ve already created a new series. I’m delighted that I made the move. It’s something that I’ve been planning for about a year now. I just needed to find the right space. I can now much more readily turn the ideas, photographs and sketches created en plein air or in my studio at home into big, bold paintings and series.