Contours & Contrasts

18 Apr 2024 – 5 May 2024

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:00
10:30 – 16:30
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30

Free admission

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Ad Lib Gallery is delighted to present a duo exhibition of works by artists Sam Peacock and Hannah Ivory Baker. The juxtaposition of their two artistic styles will be a viewing experience at the gallery that you won’t want to miss.


Sam Peacock, inspired by rural and costal landscapes, has challenged the traditional notion of landscape painting in every aspect of his work. His unique interpretation involves the use of non-traditional oil based paints, varnishes, coffee grains and raw materials, all composed on steel sheets by exchanging the traditional paintbrush for a roller, scraper and a blow torch. This technique allows Sam to create abstract textures and marks that echo ancient constructions, geographical features, and the remnants of human and natural activity. The colour palettes that he uses are inspired by the colours of the landscape, both natural and man-made, with each pallet borne out of his direct observation and note taking in specific locations.

Hannah Ivory Baker reflects on the unpredictability of nature, emphasising the non-uniformity that defines it - from sudden weather shifts and the sea's changing tides to the unexpected onset of a cloudy sky, and the distinctive scent of rain on dry earth. Her works, semi-abstract in nature, celebrate the asymmetry and earthiness of the natural world.

Each of Hannah's paintings starts with a plein air sketch that aims to capture her emotional response to the landscape, fleeting moments of light as well as basic form. The sketches are then used as the inspiration for her larger oil paintings in which she aims to capture and expand on the sense of energy and movement. She use large brushes and palette knives on each painting building up the texture which is so much a feature of her work.

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Hannah Ivory Baker

Sam Peacock


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