The tradition of the still life goes back hundreds of years and has been used by countless artists as a means to hone their skills and to cast an inquisitive eye over the everyday objects that surround us. It is also a subject that is imbued with historical, socio-political, religious and symbolic undertones. And yet, all too often these underlying messages are overlooked and the genre unfairly and simply labelled 'unexciting.'
‘Life Stills’ redresses this misconception through the presentation of modern still life works which reinvigorate the genre and acknowledge both its persistence and it's potential as an engaging subject.
Through a variety of approaches - drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics - this exhibition will reframe the still life as essential to artistic study, and will offer a mixed media interpretation of an important aspect of art history and practice.
The minutiae of daily life will be transformed, reinvigorated and re-presented by artistsMichael Kirkman, Amy Rose Clyfan, Alex Leadbeater and Becky Adams along with ceramicists James & Tilla Waters and Kathryn Sherriff. Works by celebrated British artists Edward Burra (1905 – 1976) and Ivon Hitchens (1893 – 1979) will also be exhibited.
Amongst the works in this new exhibition, Lotte Inch Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting a selection of new ceramic pieces by husband and wife collaboration James & Tilla Waters.This duo are well known figures in the world of ceramics and their simultaneously beautiful and functional stoneware and ceramic pieces are coveted by many. Maker Kathryn Sherriff, whose work will also feature in this exhibition, openly admits that she treasures her James & Tilla Waters mug and is a huge fan of their work.
After setting up their studio in 2002, James and Tilla Waters are today, prize wining studio potters having won the Wesley-Barrell Craft Award in 2011 and the Homes and Gardens Design Award for Ceramics and Glass in 2013.
Kathryn Sherriff makes fine porcelain work from her studio in South London. After a career in teaching and a background in fine arts, Sherriff joined the London Potters in 2014 and has never looked back. Today she carries out her own work whilst fulfilling large commissions for the likes of McQueens florists. Every piece she makes is handmade, wheel thrown porcelain, designed for everyday use in the home.
Work by James & TIlla Waters and Kathryn Sherriff will be accompanied by ceramics from Gallery regulars Rebecca Callis Porcelain and The Leach Studio Pottery.