Saturday, 8 October 2011

Autumn Exhibition round-up 2011

I've seen some great exhibitions recently in smaller galleries; here are the highlights:

If you're in or near Bath next week Akash Bhatt's Urban Landscapes at the Beaux Arts Gallery is well worth a look. The exhibition shows paintings from London and Cuba, but we found them reminiscent of many other places we had travelled to. Bhatt captures the narrative behind street scenes beautifully, his subject matter is not always immediately beautiful but the humanity in what he paints is captivating. Exhibition finishes Oct 15th.

North of Bristol at Prema Arts Centre in Uley a fiend of mine, Karen Mead, is showing her large scale relief prints. Karen's work reflects her constant journeying between the Isle of Wight where she lives and Hong Kong where she used to live and where her husband has been working. One of the constants in her nomadic life is her camper van which features strongly in her work. The scale of these prints has to be seen to be believed and the venue shows them off really well. Exhibition continues until Oct 22nd.

These photos were taken at the private view.

Karen describing her work

The camper van view through the winscreen and mirrors; where she has been, where she is and where she is going

A digital print combining photography and relief printing

 At The Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington, North Devon you'll find a rewarding selection of drawings submitted through their open drawing competition. All artists selected live in the south west and many of the drawings reflect the area.  

I entered this competition and was fortunate to be selected. My drawing was hung on a wall with 3 very large and very strong drawings, and I have to say it was a bit of a wake up call. Its so easy to lose sight of how big your work is when you only see it in a domestic setting. My piece, below - centre,  looked so small in this lovely airy gallery space, and so insignificant beside such dominant works.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the awards ceremony and listen to the judge, Trevor Felcey describing his reasons for selecting work. He made some interesting comments about where he felt successful drawing lay - somewhere between the pencil and the paper. He also expressed a belief that the paper should somehow have been affected by the drawing, if paper had been revered and protected by the artist, could a drawing have the chance of coming to life? Ideas to chew on...

Plough Arts Centre Gallery

Trevor Felcey announcing the awards
Conratulations went to John Sellings who won first prize with a beautiful and sensitive work depicting objects of importance in his studio.
Exhibition continues until 29th Oct.

1 comment:

Mavina Baker Printmaker said...

I'm so glad you highlighted Karens exhibition at Prema in your autumn exhibition roundup, it was FAB! mx