‘An Everyday Intimacy’a solo exhibition by Kerry Harding 1st – 13th September 2017

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Kerry Harding is a painter whose semi-abstracted work is inspired by an everyday intimacy with the Cornish landscape. With a BA from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, a Masters in Fine Art Painting from Falmouth and an art career that has seen her shown in the UK, Australia, America and South Africa, Kerry is making her mark on the contemporary definition of landscape painting. In contrast to the traditional idea of landscape painting as a response to the sudden discovery of an inspirational view, Kerry’s paintings specifically define her long-term relationship with places and things.

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‘My work is about noticing – and not noticing – the things I encounter every day. I have to see things again and again over a long period of time to bring them into my work.’ – Kerry Harding.

Those things, whose shapes are soaked into the surfaces of her canvases like ghostly photo negatives, are details synonymous with Cornwall – wind bent trees, yellow gorse, concrete beach steps, ploughed fields, blasted clifftops and the elegant, industrial silhouettes of aqueducts and bridges. Devoid of the prettiness some expect from landscape work, they nevertheless have an uncensored, blunt beauty that is more real, and therefore more appealing perhaps, to those of us with a love for the landscape of Cornwall as it really is.

‘My experience of landscape is mirrored in the way I paint’ says Kerry. ‘Old paintings are continuously revisited and reworked here in my studio. Finished canvases like these may have spent months, sometimes years as unfinished works. We have history, these paintings and me, these places and me. I work from memory and from photographs, and I paint, and then strip it all off again to leave only a shadow of what was there before. Then I will layer new applications of paint over the remaining marks, the paint stains and traces of past images, and repeat that process again and again. I enjoy the ‘hot and cold’ of it, the on and off, the random reworking of the canvas until the image becomes whole. I see it as a poetic balance of extremes – old and new, faint and bold, fast and slow. What I’m looking for is the richness of expression that comes from working a surface over and over again. A finished painting must have that history – those years of walking or running the same route through the landscape, reflected in the making and unmaking of the image.’

Her preoccupation with trees, the shapes of which appear throughout her work as stains, outlines or crisp, two dimensional forms, recently led to her membership of the acclaimed Arborealists group. This international group of fifty painters was founded in 2013 after the critical success of the exhibition Under the Green Wood : Picturing the British Tree, at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire, which presented a historical review of artists including celebrated nineteenth and twentieth century painters John Constable, Paul Nash and Paul Sanby, alongside work by contemporary artists, who have given trees, forests and woods special value in their work.

You can see all of Kerry’s work from this show here : http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/exhibitions/1142/kerry-harding-an-everyday-intimacy

 

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Benjamin Warner: ‘First Light’ 18th – 30th August 2017

Late May, Falmouth Docks
Late May, Falmouth Docks
Oil on board
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An exhibition of our new- and highly anticipated – collection of paintings by Benjamin Warner opens this week in our Cornwall gallery, with all of the works available to view now in our catalogue.

In this collection, Warner has returned to the Falmouth Docks, which have long been a source of inspiration. The interrelationships between the brightly lit ships and the reflections created in the half-light of dawn, are rendered with delicacy and courage. Warner is a masterful colourist and the balance he creates between representation and abstraction is finely judged. The exhibition also includes some of Cornwall’s much loved areas- from Falmouth’s beaches and the Carrick Roads, to the Camel Estuary: these are captivating atmospheric landscapes. This is truly one of the ‘must see’ collections of the summer.
The collection is on display in our gallery in Falmouth from 9.30am, Friday 18th August. All of the work within the show can also be arranged to be viewed in our gallery in Primrose Hill, London, by request or as part of our complimentary home visits throughout London and Cornwall.

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Morning, Gyllyngvase II
Oil on board
21.5 x 26.5 cms
£695

Andrew Tozer: Fleeting Light 4th – 16th August 2017

Andrew Tozer’s one man show is now open in our Falmouth gallery until the 16th August!

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Bright Morning, Helford Passage | acrylic on board | 46 x 61 cms | £1,525

In this stunning collection of paintings, Andrew has been inspired by the breath-taking Cornish light of summer. No one day is the same, and capturing these specific fleeting moments has been a joy for him. Soft Cornish light and beautiful imagery conjure scenes that we can relate to and escape into. Many of these scenes are captured ‘plein air’, and in the words of the artist, ‘so as to seize a part of the day’.

This latest collection expresses immediacy, be it capturing still moments on Penryn River or busy days on the Helford, the colour palette becomes alive and joyous moments are seen within these paintings. Figures emerge and are more prominent than before, existing and occurring as the landscape unfolds.

Colour is energized and a vibrancy is depicted in ‘Spring Day and Washing’, it feels so alive you can almost feel the wind picking up and blowing around you.
A muted colour palette in ‘Port Navas Light’, to an ethereal scene, such as ‘Evening Colours off the Quay, Flushing’ which captures and perfectly expresses peace and tranquility.

All paintings featured in this collection can be seen on our website here:

http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/exhibitions/1140/andrew-tozer-fleeting-light

 

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July Sailing off Molunan Beach, St. Anthony | acrylic on board | 30 x 46 cms | £945 | by Andrew Tozer 

Annual Summer Show: 25th July – 30th August 2017

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Windswept Bay, Gwithian | oil on canvas| 89 x 89 cms | £925 |By Helen Jones 

Our annual Summer Show is now open until the 30th August!

This vibrant and varied collection features brand new work by gallery artists Emma Dunbar, Philip Hogben, Helen Jones and Richard Thorn. There’s also a chance to catch highlights of our latest collections from Myles Oxenford and Richard Tuff.

We are also thrilled to be welcoming Krowji based artist Lizzy Bridges; who’s work was so well received at Beside The Wave London last year.

Sarah Wimperis ‘Home Again’ 30th June – 19th July 2017

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Our new window display featuring Sarah’s paintings and Wendy Wilbraham’s ceramics

We have a new exhibition by Sarah Wimperis up in the gallery!

‘Home Again’ is open until the 19th July and features a new series of paintings by Sarah, depicting scenes around her home and near the Helford. These pieces are produced en plein air, with larger works using studies as reference which are then completed in her studio.

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Sarah’s stunning blossom paintings in the gallery

“Home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are. Having spent five months living and working in a place far from home the colours and textures of home suddenly seem all the more vibrant. I have found much joy in relaxing back into subjects that I know and love. Familiar places and themes reoccurring. Gardens that belong to friends, gardens that I visit often, both in Cornwall and further afield. The Helford River from the water and from the paths that run alongside. Coming home feels so good! ”
– Sarah Wimperis 2017

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Sarah now spends her time travelling, painting and teaching across the UK and Europe. She is a keen sketchbook keeper and has recently begun releasing these exquisite books, with each page an original painting, as final works themselves. The latest two can be found as part of this collection.

Sarah has just returned from working on the first fully painted feature film, ‘Loving Vincent’ documenting the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh, to be released later this year.

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To see more of Sarah’s paintings visit our website here 

Myles Oxenford ‘Spring to Summer’ 17th – 28th June 2017

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Glorious Myles Oxenford paintings in his new special collection

A brand new collection by increasingly sought-after painter Myles Oxenford is now up in the gallery until the 28th June.

This new body of work, titled ‘Spring to Summer’, celebrates the fresh and joyful feeling of this particular change in season; whether in the bright pools of blue in a calm summer sea or the abundance of stems in his wife’s flower studio.

His recent move to mid Cornwall has continued to inspire him and fuel the recent development in his work to an extended stage of abstraction.

”In my latest work I have been painting spare stems from my wife’s flower studio and exploring the land and seascapes of the north coast of Cornwall. I have found myself playing in the space between abstraction and figuration.I enjoy minimising forms, harmonising colour and creating areas of space, while also attempting to reflect light and movement. Rather than being strictly topological, I have aimed to capture the essence of my subjects.” – Myles Oxenford 2017

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Highlights of the Week 4/06/2017

We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break! Here are some of our highlights from this week…

We’ve had a successful start to Miles Heseltine’s solo exhibition in the gallery ‘Hillsides and Headlands’. Selling ‘Pendeen Watch’, his largest charcoal drawing to date measuring 130 x 300 cms. To see all available pieces by Miles follow the link to our website here:

http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/artists/15866/c/9/miles-heseltine/paintings-drawings

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Pendeen Watch | charcoal on paper | 130 x 300 cms | by Miles Heseltine

Our gallery manager took a trip to the amazing Krowji open studios this week, catching up with some of our gallery artists such as Jon Doran, Amy Albright , Kerry Harding and Nicola Bottono. She got to see some amazing new works in progress showing the skill and detail involved in all three artists practices.

We’ve also seen a lovely little feature in Cornwall Living on gallery artist Amy Albright’s work. We highly recommend visiting her studio during Krowji open studios.

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Miles Heseltine: Hillsides and Headlands 26th May – 14th June 2017

Our new solo show by Miles Heseltine is now up in both our cornwall and London galleries. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to the Private View in Falmouth with Miles in attendance.

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Gallery Director Ingrid and Beside The Wave Falmouth Manager Florence alongside Miles Heseltine on the private view night in our Falmouth gallery
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Viewers admiring Mile’s large Diptych

Miles Heseltine’s reputation as a distinguished part of the contemporary Cornish art scene has been very well earnt. This artist is often found on monumental cliff tops with a colossal sheet of paper rolled out in front of him, stones used to anchor the corners to the rugged ground, working intuitively and quickly to capture a particular moment. His approach seeks out essences such as rhythm and suggestions of form, filtering what he sees in front of him to the awe-inspiring elements that have stopped him in his tracks during his daily walks. This inspiration is carried home to his studio and into his thickly layered paintings. The immediacy and energy from his process is distinctively evident throughout his work; with confidently applied brushstrokes, laden with oil paint, reliving the gestural sweeps of charcoal from those moments in the landscape.
This solo exhibition marks 10 years since the artist’s inclusion in the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Revolver’ at the Penzance Art Gallery, grouping Miles with other young mid-career artists that together represented a new confidence and attitude in the contemporary Cornish art scene.

This show is definetely for lovers of expressive mark making and impasto painting and is not to be missed!

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Pendeen Watch From Bosigran Head | charcoal on paper | 130 x 340 cms | £4450 | by Miles Heseltine

To see all works featured in Mile’s show follow the link to our exhibition page here:

http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/exhibitions/1119/miles-heseltine-hillsides-and-headlands