The Big Picture Show1. Nov - 28. Nov 13 / ended Art Matters
Daily 10 to 5, Closed Wednesday and Sunday
The Big Picture Show
28 artists have produced over 60 paintings in the largest of their usual size range for the Big Picture Show at The White Lion Street Gallery in Tenby. Offering an alternative view to offset the bleakness of November, this exhibition is big not only in size but in the wide scope and variety of subject matter and technical expertise. Well-established artists who regularly show in the gallery are represented, along with a couple of new comers.
Water is a predominant theme, with waves, shorelines, beaches, estuarine and coastal scenes of the Gower, Broadhaven, Amroth, the Cleddau and Lougher being shown by artists including Andrea Kelland, Frank Goddard, Dorian Spencer Davies and Tom Kelly. Buildings follow: Carew Castle by Thomas Haskett, the harbours of Porthgain and Tenby by Bert Evans and Stephen Kite respectively and the mystical ‘lost’ house of Hafod in mid-Wales by Colin Finn. Rhona Tooze’s batik, a tall slice of Tenby from the sand, up through boats to the harbour wall and buildings, then to the sky, combines enormous skill and patience with this technique with impressive draughtsmanship.
Printmakers Ann Lewis , David Beattie and Judith Stroud all use painstaking methods: David etches – he shows two terrifying hares representing war and death, nothing fluffy and cute here; Ann Lewis cuts lino, using the ‘suicide’ method that allows neither errors nor changes of mind, in her version of Tenby Harbour; and Judith Stroud set about learning the Japanese art of Moku hanga, cutting into wood then using ink and watercolour/rice flour to print the images – here of mountain ponies near Merthyr and kites soaring over the Swansea valleys.
Beatrice Williams has painted bold autumn daisies and Penny Timmis shows cornflowers. The ‘Cloisonne’ style of Emma Cownie’s vegetation in country lanes is stark and bright in comparison to the natural rendering of Jon Houser’s meadows and woods. The ethereal mountain landscape of Elizabeth Haines contrasts with the robust coastal painting by Penny Timmis.
People appear usually as figures involved in activities – sailors setting out from the harbour, walkers with dogs or rambling the coast path. A saxophonist of Tenby’s 2012 Blues Festival is shown in one of two abstract works by Andie Clay. Other abstract work is shown in Andrew Snary’s imaginary worlds and in Ruth Sargeant’s multi-layered collages.
The Big Picture Show runs from 1st to 28th November at the White Lion Street Gallery in Tenby and all work is for sale. The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. The whole exhibition can be viewed on the website: www.artmatters.org.uk and for further information telephone: 01834-843375.
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