An eclectic winter exhibition featuring stately interiors painted in watercolour by Hugh Buchanan, landscapes by Ben Lowe, still lifes by Julia Cooper & Diana Matthews, etchings by Trudy Montgomery & Ann Gover, snow landscapes by Nick Tidnam. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of stoneware ceramics by Christine Feiler.
Hugh Buchanan studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has been commissioned to paint many interior scenes by the Royal Family; The House of Commons and the National Trust. This mixed exhibition shows a taster of Buchanan’s work for the gallery’s exhibition in the New Year.
In Julia Cooper’s latest series, each still life observes a simple beauty of everyday kitchen object, exploring colour and rhythm.
Ben Lowe’s work uses layers of abstract forms to capture atmosphere and emotion through landscape painting. One of six finalists in BBC2’s ‘School of Saatchi’ – a significant achievement considering that he his largely self- taught, but yet he has developed a unique and powerful style.
Diana Matthews trained at Bath Academy of Art under William Scott, Antony Fry and Peter Lanyon and went on to teach fine art herself. The work of William Scott is still an ongoing influence and, indeed, her work brings a fresh approach to the subject of still-life and has the confidence of a lifetime of painting and being immersed in this environment.
Christine Feiler trained in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and Cardiff Art College in the late 1960s. She went on to teach ceramics at Oxford College of Further Education, Oxford Brooks University and in Cornwall where she still lives. She has exhibited in London, Oxford, Bath, Cornwall and Wiesbaden, Germany. Working in stoneware, Christine creates bowls, vases and vessels with a distinctive and delicate use of colour.