In May and June Beaux Arts in Bath offers up its own pre Olympics impressions of the small island that will play host to the much hyped sporting and cultural extravaganza of the summer. Nathan Ford's unsettling streetscapes of London sit alongside David Tress's expressionist slashes depicting rural Pembrokeshire. Bryan Pearce's instantly recognisable conté drawings of St. Ives mix with Andrew Crocker's wonderfully romantic rural idylls. There are still lives, and masterfully painted too-Sarah Gillespie's Quail's Eggs is quiet, considered and beautifully observed, as is, as ever, marauding over a map of the world in an atlas, the toy barbarians of Conor Walton's riotous âHere be Monsters'.
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