The Art School: A Group Show 15th September – 11th October 2017

Low tide at Gully
Painting by recent Falmouth Graduate Brom Irwin

Established in Falmouth in 1989, the Beside The Wave galleries have always been in the perfect position to keep a close eye on the impressive talent coming out of the town’s acclaimed 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 then 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.

Celebrating our artists’ connection to the acclaimed Falmouth University; after the success of Beside The Wave London’s show in 2015, we have made the exhibition even bigger and it will be hosted across both our galleries at the same time. The exhibition features eighteen painters and two ceramists that have graduated from 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 painter Danny Markey who studied there for his Foundation Diploma in 1983 – 84; and the notable emerging artist 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 is added to with work by three new artists to the gallery, current university student Megan Fatharly and recent graduates Brom Irwin and Kitty Hillier.

Painting by Falmouth graduate Robert Jones

‘I studied at Falmouth from 1961 – 1964. It was a four year course, after a year many students left and went to other colleges where they could take the new DipAD but, along with two other students, I stayed on for two years to do NDD (Painting Special.) It was a very wise choice, we had terrific tutors there at that time, Robert Organ, Francis Hewlett, Lionel Miskin, Ray Exworth to name a few.The principal Michael Finn was wise enough to employ practicing artists and some of them had studios in the school.
It was a very important, formative period of my life
.’ – Robert Jones

‘Studying at Falmouth school of art was heaven; walking through the Rosehill gardens everyday, immersing myself in the Woodlane library of literacy treasures, being surrounded by amazing coastline all fuelled me with inspiration to paint. I was very lucky to have a tutor that I really clicked with, and going on to win at the Midas award at the end of my BA Hons was the head start that launched my career. I look back at my time in Falmouth with very fond memories.’ – Amy Albright

Paintings by Amy Albright

‘I was at Falmoulth Uni from 2012 – 2015. I finished with a first degree in Sport wear design. This degree was so diverse and creative, I infused my artwork into my designs and did my final collection in skiwear and fused my painting into the fabrics. I found Falmouth a very inspiring place to study. Having previously studied at Oxford Uni and Leeds uni, Falmouth was different; being close to the coast with fresh air, it felt that I had a lot more opportunities to work with. Falmouth has a very close knit creative community which gave you the comfort of easily collaborating across the board with other degrees. However you find your path you have to experience and experiment in other subject matters to know where your best line of fit is. Falmouth Uni always so supportive and enthusiastic of what you did and where you wanted to go.’ – Nina Brooke

‘Swimmers in the surf’ – Nina Brooke

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‘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 :