Print.Pot.Paint is an exhibition of affordable and original artwork. It brings together three artists working in different media who share a vision. SK Stevens, David Brown and Sarah Ross-Thompson attempt to capture the essence of the landscapes or objects they portray in paint, clay and ink. Each artist works with their materials in surprisingly similar ways, impressing, carving, painting and peeling back layers to create highly textural pieces embodied with a sense of time and place.
SK Stevens' paintings are both spontaneous and considered. Her sometimes stark landscapes express a visual sense of isolation where the spectator has time to consider their thoughts. Her choice of palette and mark making are direct responses to the landscape, capturing the history of the place as much as the moment. Just as the objects which she paints have a history, so to does her work, as marks are made and obliterated on the journey towards the finished piece.
David Brown's simple vessel forms are a joyous combination of colour and texture. Indirectly referring to his long term interest in the sea, they range from small bowls inlaid with molten glass to large statement pieces that feel as if they have their history written on their surface. The diversity of his finishes and glazes express the contrast in the weathering of the elements and their capacity to erode or smooth with the passage of time.
Sarah Ross-Thompson's collagraph prints are made from collage blocks constructed from materials such as string, lichen, porridge oats and corrugated card. She describes her process as 'drawing with materials'. As with SK Stevens and David, there is a definite feeling towards or journey that goes into the creation of the finished work. Having moved from Dorset to Scotland she has been absorbing the changing light and space of her new location.
Each of these artists works with their chosen materials, exploring layers, depths and surfaces to create exquisite artefacts. The serendipitous connection between their love of texture and harmonious palettes promises to make this an exhibition well worth visiting.