Beetles, Bugs and Birds

1 Jul 2015 – 26 Sep 2015

Event times

Open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Cost of entry

Free Entry

Artichoke Gallery

East Sussex, United Kingdom

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From the vast sweeps of land and sea we turn our attention to the detail, to the creatures that inhabit our beautiful countryside, sharing our special view of nature and encouraging us to look closer still.


In contrast to the Plein Air Painter (where speed is of the essence to capture that moment in time, the mood and the light) the Field Painter is about repetition and study, recording the movements, the attitude, the habitat. Sketchbooks become a diary, identifying not just the markings and shape, but the posture and pose.

Birds and Insects have inspired artists for centuries, from the 20,000 year old cricket inscribed on a bison bone through the Dutch Still Life symbolism of the 1600s. Nearby Smallhythe boasts the restored Beetle Dress worn on stage by Ellen Terry in 1888 and insects played a heavy role in the surrealism movement of the early 20th Century. Each artist gives their own interpretation to their patient study.

Darren Woodhead is a pure Field Painter based in East Lothian where he creates his delicate watercolours. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside can give, often in extreme weather conditions.  Beekeeper Matt Underwood describes the quintessential English Summer with his traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Both are members of the Society of Wildlife Artists collecting awards at the Mall Galleries exhibitions.

 Curiouser and curiouser, Boo and the Angel bring whimsical to the Gallery:  mixed media pieces using papier-mâché, stitch, paper and found objects. Mary Johnson is “standing up for earwigs and brussels sprouts, rusting wheelbarrows and decay, as integral parts of the landscape” with her slip decorated earthenware ceramics made at her studio in Derbyshire using traditional craft skills, applied in contemporary and unusual ways. Chris Moss has taken a little time away from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to bring a selection of her little wire birds: wrens, robins, sparrows, blackbirds and thrushes.

Wooden birds, wire birds, ceramic birds and painted birds, stitched birds and woven birds. 
Silver bees, graphite bees, etched bees and painted bees.
Woodlice, ants, ladybirds and beetles, butterflies and moths.


Liz Moys

Louisa Crispin

Vicki Atkinson

Exhibiting artists

Cristina Zani

Jessica Albert

Sarah Grove

Esa Evans

Simon Griffiths

Kerry Hastings

Darren Woodhead

Lorraine Gibby

Susanna Hanl

Lucy Williams

Kate Penoyre

Michele Wyckoff Smith

Emily Thatcher

Peter Clarke

Rachel Everitt

Annie Soudain

Lucy Jade Sylvester

Marion Brandis

Laurance Simon

Vicki Atkinson

Sarah Rickard

Kate Osborne

Jeff Soan

Justine Munson

Stuart Jenkins

Martin Woodcock

Jonathan Chiswell Jones

Kerry Boswell

Chris Moss

Matthew Bayman

Katie Almond

Mary Johnson

Felicity Flutter

Midori Takaki

Roger Hill

Adam Marsh

Cathy Newell Price

Julie Aylton

Louisa Crispin

Caroline Reynolds

Holly Bell

Liz Moys

Matt Underwood


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