Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
With the arrival of March and spring in the air, its great to get out and be inspired! This week we have lots of news on new exhibitions and shows that provide a great opportunity for viewing inspirational art and meeting other artists.
This spring, Emily Ball at Seawhite is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by two artists connected to the Seawhite Studio. Ann Cook and Ann O’Daly have been attending courses at the celebrated studio for several years now, but this is their first major exhibition.
A Forward Step Back
Paintings by Ann O'Daly and Ann Cook
The Atrium, Seawhite of Partridge Green, Star Road, West Sussex RH13 8RY
Special Exhibition Opening Saturday March 24th 10am - 4pm
The exhibition continues until August 17th 2018
As an exhibiting pair of artists Ann Cook and Ann 'ODaly, complement each other well as they are both abstract painters interested in exploring the human form. However, their starting points and finished work are hugely different.
Ann Cook’s work is characterised by sweeping brushstrokes and dashes of colour, often without a distinct form. They conjure sensations of movement and dancing, of the figure extending beyond its physical space:
“These paintings arise from my involvement with the body, both as an osteopath and also through the practice of Qi Gong. I work in a physical way and my paintings are to do with the body within its environment without boundary. I see the physical body as fluid and dynamic, and am interested in the interface between the body and its environment: the space in between. Subsequently my references are indirect and non-visual as I am responding to a sense of what is felt.” (Ann Cook)
Whereas Ann Cook’s paintings explore the way in which the human form extends beyond the body, Ann O’Daly’s paintings are concerned with embodiment and contain uncanny abstract forms that evoke a variety of emotions within the artist and viewer:
“I am interested in what it feels like to occupy my own body. My paintings are about isolation, a lack of connectedness, the discomfort of having a body. They are also about coming into consciousness, breathing, sensing the world about me and enjoying the freedom of movement. My starting point is the paint itself and I respond to it until I find an image that gives me back a sense of something I have experienced or which simply interests me and seems to have some meaning yet to be understood.”
A Forward Step Back’ is a significant landmark for both of these artists and a celebration of what artists attending the Seawhite Studio can accomplish. Now in its 13th year and under the dynamic leadership of director Emily Ball, the Seawhite Studio continues to go from strength to strength. ‘A Forward Step Back’ is yet another example of the energy and drive that all artists associated with the Seawhite studio demonstrate, having become an art space associated with inspiring tuition, dedicated students and exceptional artwork.
This year the studio is offering an exciting mixture of short courses and year-long programmes, delivered by a team of tutors with renowned reputations. As well as courses based in the spacious Seawhite Studio in West Sussex, the Studio also tours abroad, offering courses in Portugal and South Africa. If you would like more information about the exhibition or about the studio itself, please contact:
Join us at the Special Opening of this exciting exhibiton on Saturday 24th March, and meet the artists!
PRIME at POW! Thanet Festival 2018
Viking Gallery, Margate
Sunday 11th March and Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March.
Preview event: 6th March 5.00 - 9.00 pm.
Launched with the preview event on Tuesday 6th March, this is an exciting and thought provoking group show of paintings by four female artists: Jacky Bellamy, Jane Cattlin, Philippa Paterson,Juliet Robertson. All of whom are artists we know well and who have joined us on courses at Seawhite Studio over the years.
Your Turn to Wash Up 75 x 100 cm oil on canvas.Juliet Robertson.
The overarching theme for the exhibition is that each could proudly be described as an Older Woman Artist. This title has been applied to a growing number of women artists – Rose Wyle, Phylida Barlow and Gillian Ayres – who are producing perhaps their best work and receiving much deserved acclaim in their later years. Viewed in this light Prime is an apposite title because it is a show that recognises the positive place these artists have reached in their creative lives: producing stunning, self assured work and painting in a way that is personal and true to them individually.This exhibition is curated by local artist/curator Sally Childs. www.curatorattransientart.weebly.com
Gallery opening hours. Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm Bank Holiday Monday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Please note the gallery is open Mon - Wed by appointment only. www.vikinggallery.co.uk
Join us for the preview and meet the artists!
The Beaumont Paintings
Simon Carter at Messum's London
28 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NG
Opening hours Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 11am - 4pm
The exhibition runs from the 7th March to 6th April.
Private View on on Tuesday 6th March. Please contact the gallery for an invitation.
V1. Beaumont Spring Tide. Acrylic on paper.
Simon Carter, artist and Seawhite tutor, has his next exhibition of wonderful paintings and sketches in March. They are based on his story of walking and working in the tidal landscape between Beaumont Quay Sluce and Landemere in Essex. The exhibition starts on and is well worth a visit.
Towards Landemere, Winter. Acrylic on paper.
Click on the link below to view a fascinating new short film about the work for Simon's March exhibition at Messum's in London. It gives a real insight into the background, inspiration and artistic processes of these works:
The Beamont Paintings
"PLEASE DONT LOOK AWAY"
Cafe Plenty, Circus Parade, Northen Quarter, Brighton
9th March - 6th April
'Please Don't Look Away' is an exhibition of new works by artist, writer and life model, Olivia Hancock. Focusing on the importance of femininity and it's relevance to us all, regardless of gender.
PRIVATE VIEW Monday 12th March 7-9pm
ARTIST'S TALK Monday 19th March 7-9pm
TUTORED WORKSHOP - LIFE DRAWING IN ABSTRACTION Monday 26th March 6:30-9pm
"To celebrate the feminine in it's vulnerability and powerful emotion. It's universal home, not just in women, but in all of us; I am trying to marry the political and the sensual.
I want to paint bonds, the bonds traumatic events make. I will not shout. I will not point fingers. I will ask gently, for you to keep your eyes open. I will say please".
More event details to follow and I hope to see you there.
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