‘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’

Quiet Afternoon in the Harbour £1995
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.