Here and Now: New painting exhibition opens in Tenby
‘Here and Now’ is a mixed exhibition of 60+ paintings by 20+ invited artists including regular contributors and some who are showing work for the first time.
Amongst the ‘new’ are Heather Raymond, a young self-taught artist whose tiny tryptich of an orange won the Emrys Art Award in the competition of 2014, who has also brought an unusual collection of monochrome still lifes. Sian McGill, new to the gallery but established as an accomplished acrylic painter, brings Pembrokeshire landscapes. Also well known in the area but new to the gallery is Jan Gregson: her work includes large moody depictions of the Preselis, rough seas and the interior of Dylan’s writing shed.
Brenda Evans returns with sea and surf based work in acrylics, nothing like her husband Bert Evans’ popular populated townscapes. With the same panache and vivid colour Beatrice Williams paints rural scenes, here also including the bustle of Tenby Harbour and the calm around Dylan’s boathouse. Geoff Yeomans returns after a break with some incredibly textured mysterious oil paintings.
Penny Timmis brings the largest works, lively abstracted waterfalls of Brazil, with droplets, sprays and spatters of movement. Also working large scale is Carole King with closely observed green hellebores and purple pansies. Judith Stroud (of Swansea Printmakers) takes up the theme of flowers with new monotype compositions.
For those gallery visitors who like to ‘know what they are looking at’, the watercolours of Graham Hadlow and David Bellamy and the oils of Thomas Haskett provide skilful and accurate representations of town, harbour and landscape. Moving towards abstraction is the pared-down layered work of Damian Dowling, the clever textures of Elaine Graham’s paintings and the soft focus work of Jon Housers’ en plein air oils. Dorian Spencer Davies’ bright Tenby scenes wobble and wriggle under starry skies.
Glenn Ibbitson’s contributions defy easy definitions: he shows the homeless shelters outside Japanese towns but within the outline of a hanging kimono, delicate work in a strong shape. Two other pieces are a continuation of his ‘Consignment’ series which shows naked figures confined in crates, a comment on human trafficking.
With prices ranging from £100 to £3000 the gallery is able to offer buyers the Collectorplan scheme, run by the Arts Council of Wales, enabling payment over 10 months for those wishing to extend their art collection without huge outlay.
‘Here and Now’ brings together work by an eclectic group of artists of the county and further afield. All genre and media are represented and the work includes the socio-political, the pretty and the bizarre.