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
Starting Friday 16th June, Myles Oxenford’s special collection ‘Spring to Summer’. We will also be hosting a Meet the Artist event on Saturday 17th June 3-5 pm, Pop along for a discussion and drinks with Myles.
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:
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.
A view of Kerry Harding’s studio
Jon Doran’s beautiful flower still lifes at Krowji Studios
Amy Albright paintings covering the walls of her studio
More of Jon Doran’s still lifes
We also saw Nicola Bottono and her wonderful work at Krowji
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.
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.
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!
To see all works featured in Mile’s show follow the link to our exhibition page here:
We have taken part in FRESH Art Fair 2017! This exciting new art fair took place at Cheltenham racecourse and featured numerous galleries from across the country coming together to show a great variety of art. This fair was a huge success for us and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who organised this event and came to visit us whilst we were there. We can’t wait till next time!
This mixed collection focuses on the dramatic Cornish coastline featuring wonderful paintings by Andrew Tozer, Helen Jones, Myles Oxenford, Paul Lewin and Philip Hogben!
The dramatic Porthcothan Cliffs is featured in this show with a selection of Paul Lewin cliff paintings. Lewin’s relationship with landscape is intense; he seems absorbed, almost subsumed into it, driven by a restless energy that is characteristic of the sort of places he is drawn to – the extreme edges of land, jutting promontories and tidal shores where frontiers between land and sea are blurred and perspectives ever changing as the sky. His practice is to complete a painting at a single sitting if possible. Sometimes a piece will resolve itself quickly, in a couple of hours or so; more often, he will be working out in the open for five or six hours or until the light goes.
In this show we see Myles working in his typical pastel colour palette using blocks of colour as a way of abstracting his surroundings but also to hint at forms and shapes within the landscape.
“These are escapist paintings in many ways.They aren’t about the geography of the place but more about the atmosphere and emotional response . Playing with the compositions and light, making many layers to the painting, I hope to create something beyond a straightforward representation, that for me – is a true capturing.”
We highly recommend visiting this show as you will see how each of our artists work in an entirely unique and individual manner when depicting the scenes around the Cornish Coast.
To see all of the works in this show please visit the link to our exhibition page here:
We are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Chelsea Art Fair at The Chelsea Town Hall. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to connect with other galleries across the UK and to show our unique and wonderful artists that we represent at the gallery.
This year we are featuring an array of our gallery artists at our stand including work by: Kerry Harding, Miles Heseltine, Ashley Hold, Alasdair Lindsay, Myles Oxenford, Hector Trend, Andrew Tozer, Erin Ward, Benjamin Warner and Sarah Wimperis. We are also showcasing sculpture by Peter Hayes and the ceramics of Paul Jackson for the first time.
Here at Beside The Wave Cornwall, we are thrilled to be hosting our 25th solo show for the widely renowned and highly collected artist, Richard Tuff.
After 28 years of representation, it’s hard to believe there are any Cornish coves, cottages or harbours left that haven’t been depicted by Tuff; constantly seeking out inspiration in his surroundings and developing his celebrated distinctive style. In Tuff’s work, change is not forced. Through exposure to new landscapes, he has discovered that the process of painting furthers itself.
His latest collection combines classic Cornish scenes of Helford, Durgan and Mylor with views of simple greenhouses and courtyards. In Tuff’s playful compositions we see canoes propped up against a harbour wall, plants lining shelves and boats bobbing outside the Pandora.
Rendering the complexity of a view into abstract simplicity, and rebuilding it into a figurative image is what Tuff does best. Unlike many landscape painters whose focus is on capturing the moment – and particularly the light in a landscape- his work expresses a place ‘in essence’. Almost the alchemist, Tuff absorbs landscapes through repeated exposure to them and then draws them out layer by layer in the studio.
At Beside The Wave, we feel hugely proud to have showcased this masterful artist’s work for almost three decades, and to acknowledge his career as one of Cornwall’s most successful and well-known contemporary artists.
Our current exhibition ‘Masters of Colour’ is open from the 10th – 29th March 2017 and celebrates four of our gallery artists and their exceptional use of colour within different mediums. In this collection you can see vibrant paintings by Myles Oxenford and Richard Tuff along with Paul Jackson’s painterly ceramics and Louisa Taylor’s pastel coloured porcelain vessels.
Myles lives and works in rural Cornwall where he explores the landscape of his surrounding environment with his dog (who he paints on rainy days) and often his surfboard. He also returns frequently to paint in Scotland, Wales and the Alps.
”In my paintings I want to convey the feeling of sitting in and becoming part of the landscape. I primarily paint outside to capture the light and movement that make the landscape alive to me. By exploring colour and brush marks I am constantly experimenting with different ways of balancing a desire to represent and abstract the Cornish landscape in my work.” – Myles Oxenford
Louisa Taylor Crocus Nest of Three Bowls
Louisa Taylor’s Crocus Nest of Three Bowls – £350
Conceptually, Louisa’s hand-thrown porcelain vessels draw on museum collections of 18th-century tableware, her modern forms and subtle glazes playing off their antique hand-painted brushwork and dimensions.
As well as form and function, Taylor is especially interested in colour permutation. During her MA studies at the Royal College of Art, she developed a keen interest in coloured stoneware glazes. This started a vast research project that has produced more than 1,000 recipes for new glazes and surface finishes. As a result, she consults as a freelance designer to leading companies in the industry.
“The subtle colour palette of the range is directly influenced by hand painted decoration on historical tureens and grand vessels. I deconstruct each individual colour and match it with glaze. I use the content of the decoration to inform the overall composition of the piece; for example the height of the vessel correlates to the proportion of the colour in the pattern. The intention is to create works that as a whole describe the pattern from where they derived.” – Louisa Taylor
Richard Tuff’s paintings have a unique almost child like charm to them. The 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.
”I have sought to emphasise the tranquillity of this area with a palette of cool blues and greens, using the gentlest and most harmonious tones to express this sense” – Richard Tuff
Paul Jackson decorates his ceramics in a painterly fashion giving each piece a unique and individual character. He starts by hand throwing them on a wheel and often uses white earthenware clay to freely sculpt each ceramic. More recently he has been working with local stoneware and porcelain in a salt glaze kiln, referencing his inspiration from the Cornish landscape.