SPRINGTIME ~ An Exhibition at Art Space Gallery : 13 May - 13 June 2014

SPRINGTIME

13 May - 13 June 2014

Ray Atkins
Yves Berger
Jeffery Camp
Ann Dowker
Derek Hyatt
George Rowlett

May sees the opening of Art Space Galleryís group exhibition, a celebration of the seasonís light, mystique and renewal of nature, in landscape, still life and figurative subjects.

Ray Atkins

RAY ATKINS works en plein air and cultivates ambitious virtuoso paintings. His approach to painting, from careful, prolonged observation, is intensely physical and often carried out on a large scale. The enormous boards on which he paints are secured with boulders, cross-bars and guy ropes, as he negotiates and embraces the elements. Thus his paintings are borne out of emotional responses to physical immersion over time. This exhibition features paintings from Cornwall and the Pyrenees, where he currently lives and works.

This exhibition features his paintings from Cornwall and the Pyrenees, where he currently lives and works.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
Fallen Tree, 2009
oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Yves Berger

YVES BERGERís paintings concentrate on the human figure as a solitary subject. Drawn from imagination, memory and feeling, rather than from life or physical intimacy, his figures – a lone man, woman or child – emerge from an inward vision. In their abstraction from the corporeal world, narrative eludes these works, as does any sense of time and place. Human consciousness seems mysterious and intangible. With a vaporous handling, the combination of oil paint and the milky medium of casein renders subjects fragile and spectral, as nebulous watery ‘embryos’ on the verge of disintegration.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
Figure under an Arch, 2012-13
casein on canvas, 80 x 59 cm

jeffery Camp

JEFFERY CAMPís paintings sensuously combine the human form and exotic flower blossoms to evoke nature’s fertility, growth and rebirth. His works often situate the male and female nude within the landscape as subjects of earthly beauty and as potently elemental as their surroundings of flora and sea. Camp’s career has seen an ongoing fascination with Beachy Head, East Sussex, a place imbued with romantic memories, revered by the artist for “its beauty, and the birds and cliffs and sea” and its sublimity, as “spectacular” and “dramatic”.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
Apex, 2011
oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Ann Dowker

DOWKERís works have in recent years concentrated on the life and environs of Egypt.  In and around Luxor, in the Nile Valley, she paints the lush wetlands and their green vegetation, as well as arid uplands. Dowker carefully hones these subjects from life, making drawings in charcoal, pastel and watercolour, before returning to her studio in London where she develops ideas further in oils on canvas and paper, thus introducing her thoughts and encounters into compositions to evoke the sensibilities of the culture, its personalities and their engagement with the land.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
Sand Dunes by the Nile, 2011
watercolour on paper, 29 x 40 cm

Derek Hyatt

DEREK HYATTengenders his landscape Moor Girl, with pink undulating hills strongly suggestive of the female form. For him, she embodies the Rite of Spring, as a primordial symbol of fertility and regeneration, and thus man’s spiritual and mythological relationship with landscape since time immemorial. Hailing from West Yorkshire, Hyatt takes as his subjects the landscapes of home, and in-so-doing draws upon his interests in human geography from the wide-ranging disciplines of anthropology, history, archaeology, poetry and the psychic unconscious.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
Moor Girl, 1989
oil on board, 92 x 111 cm

George Rowlett

 

GEORGE ROWLETT is a plein-air artist who paints with a distinctive language of thick impasto gestures. His approach is direct and spontaneous, and he paints straight onto board, bypassing preliminary drawings or sketchbook memoranda. While he is well-known as a painter of London and the landscapes of his home county of Kent (the ‘garden of England’), he has also harvested subjects from across the British Isles. This exhibition features his most recent works, of the Humber estuary, made during a three-week residency, in which he painted scenes daily from morning until night.

see previous exhibiton

image left:
From Humber Mouth Yacht Club, the Estuary & Haile Sand Fort, Slate & Russet – 3 Nov 201
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oil on board, 77 x 122 cm

Future Exhibitions by artists in this exhibition:

Derek Hyatt :: Sep. - Oct. 2014
George Rowlett :: Oct. - Nov. 2014
Ann Dowker :: Spring 2015

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