Richard Tuff: Harbours & Houses

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Paintings and drawings by Richard Tuff

We are very pleased to announce the opening of a wonderful new collection by Richard Tuff at Beside The Wave Cornwall. This spectacular collection visits some of Cornwall’s most loved harbours and more hidden beaches and valleys. His beautiful use of colour evokes emotional responses to his charming compositional pieces.

Richard Tuff was born in Manchester in 1965. He completed a Foundation Art Course at Mid Cheshire College of Art in 1985 and went on to gain a Degree in Textile Design at Winchester School Of Art, showing his final year work at the Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden. After a highly successful time working as a textile designer, with his designs used for the textile industry in America, Europe and Japan, Richard moved to Cornwall at the end of 1988 and since then has concentrated on his paintings.

Richard Tuff’s paintings have a unique almost child like charm to them. His jewel-like colours are rich and strong with many subtle changes of light and tone capturing so well on paper the Cornish harbours and towns. He carefully studies the subject matter to be painted and then captures the essence and the feeling of a place, often disregarding the natural order of things.

Richard Tuff has been represented by Beside The Wave since 1989 where he has developed a strong following of collectors from across the UK. His work is shown in solo exhibitions in both Beside The Wave Cornwall and Beside The Wave London.

‘Richard Tuff: Harbours & Houses’ runs at Beside The Wave Cornwall from today until 26th May 2016.

The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades

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Charcoal, pencil, oil and ink drawings on paper by Hector Trend

Now on display at Beside the Wave London, our biggest exhibition in our Primrose Hill gallery so far, ‘The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades’ (7th May – 9th June 2016) celebrates our artists’ connection to the acclaimed Falmouth University.

Established in Falmouth in 1989, Beside The Wave has always been in the perfect position to keep a close eye on the impressive talent coming out of the town’s distinguished specialist arts university. A key player in the national and international creative scene, Falmouth University was founded in 1902 as the Falmouth School of Art, developing into Falmouth College of Art and Design until it received university status. Through its history, the school has received support from leading artists such as Dame Barbara Hepworth, worked with renowned artists as lecturers such as Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost and produced award-winning alumni including Turner-prize nominee Tacita Dean.

The exhibition at Beside The Wave features fourteen painters that have studied at Falmouth University, in its various stages over the last six decades, including: the highly acclaimed Cornish artist Robert Jones who graduated from the Falmouth School of Art in 1964, award-winning artist Miles Heseltine who studied there for his Foundation Diploma in 1985 – 86; and the increasingly collected painter Jon Doran who graduated with a first-class degree in Fine Art in 2014.

One third of the Beside The Wave’s represented artists studied at Falmouth University and the group will also be added to by work by two new artists to the gallery, recent graduates Nina Brooke and Hector Trend.

The exhibition, ‘The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades’, will be on display at Beside The Wave London until Thursday 9th June 2016.

‘PAUL LEWIN: SHORE LIGHT’

We are pleased to announce that our solo show of new work by Paul Lewin, Shore Light’, is now open at Beside the Wave Falmouth. This breathtaking collection features 31 pieces in Paul’s classic and unique style, with an impressive range of captivating and powerful large scale pieces, perfectly depicting the overwhelming landscape of the Cornish coast, along with more reflective, smaller works, that show the charm and beauty of the Cornish seascape.

The show will be on display until 17th September 2015 and can now also be viewed on our website.

‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott & Tuff’

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Now on display at Beside the Wave London, ‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott & Tuff’ is a group exhibition featuring four established artists whose paintings, drawings and ceramics are sparked by or strive to capture transitory moments.

The show includes a handpicked selection of paintings by Amanda Hoskin from her latest collection ‘St Michael’s Way’, inspired by her recent walk along the Cornish pilgrimage walk. A testimony to Amanda’s masterful ability to capture the essence of the place, this new body of work expresses the landscape in such a way that we can feel the clouds rolling in over the moors or delight in the simple pleasure of pink foxgloves in front of a summer’s blue sea. Born in Cornwall, Amanda studied at Falmouth and Chelsea Colleges of Art and, over the past fifteen years, has emerged as a leading exponent of Cornish landscape painting.

Painter Richard Tuff’s work also aims to capture the essence and feeling of a place, rather than an exact representation. Taking inspiration from the harbours and towns of Cornwall, Richard enjoys working with the great contrasts of scenery from his home on the rugged north coast to the peaceful creeks and sailing waters of the South. His landscapes go beyond the traditional and demonstrate an interest in interlocking abstract areas of color. His paintings have a unique almost child like charm to them with rich, jewel-like colours capturing the many subtle changes of light and tone.

The still life work of Anne-Marie Butlin, representing flowers and domestic objects in still, calm interiors, conveys the quiet transitory moments of different flowers and the unique feeling that they can create in a space; the strong structures and often the sheer joyfulness of their appearance. The paintings combines strong traditional skill with a modern style, carefully layered oil paints on a canvas washed with vibrant orange. Anne-Marie’s aspirations are rooted in the strong female tradition of artists like Gwen John and Winifred Nicholson whose work is domestic and yet often transcends the ordinary to create slightly other worldly, ethereal spaces.

The fourth artist within the group is ceramicist Remon Jephcott whose love and interest in ceramics began the first time that she witnessed the opening of a kiln. Amazed by the metamorphosis within fire of a lump of clay with the application of various chemicals to form, colour and a glaze, Remon’s fascination with the metaphoric and metamorphic process within ceramics has continued to feed her thoughts and forms. Her work is multi-fired and multi-layered, build up with a combination of her own glazes, oxides and stains, commercial under-glazes and glazes, decals and lustres. Her ceramic sculptures aim to immerse the viewer in a sensory and symbolic visual experience. Remo graduated from Falmouth University with a BA in Contemporary Crafts in 2008. At the prestigious graduate show, New Designers, she was invited to join The Society of Designer Craftsmen and won their Award for Excellence at The Mall Galleries January 2009.

The exhibition ‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott, & Tuff’ is now on display at Beside the Wave London until Thursday 10th September. All works from the show can also be viewed on our website.

‘Amanda Hoskin: St Michael’s Way’

Sunlit Path, Lelant, start of the St Michael's Way, oil on paper, 26.5 x 29 cm, £750
Sunlit Path, Lelant, start of the St Michael’s Way, oil on paper, 26.5 x 29 cm, £750

Acclaimed Cornish artist Amanda Hoskin’s annual solo exhibition opens at Beside the Wave, Falmouth, this August with a stunning new collection inspired by the painter’s recent walks along the St Michael’s Way.

St Michael’s Way, running from Lelant to Marazion, is one of the ancient routes of Christian Pilgrimage and leads to the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, North West Spain. Used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers to avoid the dangerous waters around Land’s End, the route dates back to the pre-historic times.

It was this rich tradition within the walk that sparked Amanda Hoskins’ interest, constantly searching for new ways to experience her beloved Cornish landscape. So, in May of this year, along with her sketchbooks, paints and her Labrador Millie, Amanda walked the route, from coast to coast, in the footsteps of all those who have taken the path before her.

The resulting collection, an impressive 43 paintings, guides you along the route with its impressive sweeps of coastline, bursts of colour from its flower-lined paths and enticing glimpses of the landscape to come.

Born in Cornwall, Amanda Hoskin studied at Falmouth and Chelsea Art Schools. After working in London as a freelance wildlife illustrator, Amanda returned to Cornwall in the early 90s to work as a sailing instructor. Constantly painting, she decided to return to art full time towards the end of the 90s and settled in Fowey where she lives and works today. Over the past fifteen years, Amanda has emerged as a leading exponent of Cornish landscape painting.

This new collection ‘Amanda Hoskin: St Michael’s Way’ will be on display at Beside the Wave, Falmouth, from Friday 14th August until Thursday 27th August 2015. A book of the new work will also accompany the show, available through the gallery.

Amazing Colours in the Sea and Godrevy Stands Out Against the Horizon, start of the St Michael's Way, weather colour not of been better, flowers everywhere, oil on paper, 49 x 58 cm, £1800 Evening Sky over Mounts Bay, light changing quickly as I paint, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, £3700

‘Emma Dunbar: Home and Further Away’

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Quiet Afternoon in the Harbour, 76 x 46 cm, £1995

A new collection of work from celebrated artist Emma Dunbar opens at Beside The Wave London this Friday. Titled ‘Home and Further Away‘, this collection is inspired by her home in Hampshire, as well as trips to Cornwall and Greece.

Known for her vivid representations of the everyday, Emma Dunbar graduated in 1984 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art Printmaking from West Surrey College of Art and Design; her training still evident in her use of blocks of flat colour as well as the process of scratching through surfaces to reveal pre- laid colours underneath.

Talking about her work, Emma says “What excites me about making pictures is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. I am attracted to vivid colours and the decorative quality of everyday objects. I enjoy rearranging my ingredients, for instance moving the red boats on the beach next to the pink tractor for a stronger effect. My pictures are therefore atmospheric than literal.”

“My aim is to end up with my gathered ingredients – glimpses of journeys, patterns from familiar settings and objects collected along the way – converging to create an image that communicates the richness of the original source of inspiration.”

Emma Dunbar’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK, including in solo and group shows in Beside the Wave’s Falmouth Gallery since 2007. ‘Home & Further Away’ will be the first special collection of work by Emma Dunbar to be shown in Beside the Wave’s new Primrose Hill space and a fantastic opportunity for London art lovers to find out more about this artist who has built a strong following in the South West in particular.

‘Home & Further Away’ opens at Beside the Wave London on Saturday 15th August and runs until Tuesday 25th August 2015, and all of the new works will be available to view on our website from Saturday morning at 10 am.

Summer at Beside the Wave London

On display at Beside the Wave London at the moment you’ll find our annual mixed Summer Show, featuring a hand-picked collection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics by gallery and guest artists. Running until Thursday 13th August, the exhibition includes the beautifully captured and layered crashing waves of Nigel Chamberlain; ceramicist Catherine Lucktaylors’ masterful raku work, stopping all in their tracks with those incredible shocks of blue; and Emma Dunbar’s vivid still life compositions, showing at Beside the Wave London for the first time.

At First Sight

'Into the Light, St Anthony Pines' by Andrew Tozer
‘Into the Light, St Anthony Pines’ by Andrew Tozer

The individual connections that we all experience with artwork is part of the reason why we love what we do so much.

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Yesterday, the painting ‘Into the Light, St Anthony’s’ by Andrew Tozer sold from Andrew’s current solo exhibition at Beside the Wave Falmouth to a couple with a very sentimental connection to the work. Having met in Cornwall 30 years ago, Sarah and James spent many hours walking together at St Anthony’s and so on seeing this piece of one of their favourite places they “fell in love with the painting right away”.

Thank you to them both for sharing their story with us, including a photo of the two of them at St Anthony’s in 1985.