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.
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.
We are excited to announce the opening of Andrew Tozer‘s new exhibition ‘Celebration’ now open in both our Falmouth and London galleries until the 8th March.
The paintings shown in Cornwall celebrate the wonderful Cornish landscape with seascapes of St.Mawes and classic harbour scenes from Mousehole and Falmouth. Whilst the paintings shown in London are a smaller collection of intimate portrayals of the artist’s home farm and family.
This show continues to focus on Andrew’s fascination with the cornish landscape and its quality of light and colour with many of his works being created ‘en plein air’:
‘The common link between both collections is one of celebration. By this I mean that in all the works produced I have attempted to capture a special moment and share it with the viewer. In both collections, many of the works are painted ‘en plein air’ or as some say ‘live’. This process is both immensely challenging and hugely rewarding for me as an artist, as one has to exist simultaneously in the moment one is trying to capture and in the actual painting itself thus creating a unique connection.’ – Andrew Tozer
About The Artist
Andrew Tozer was born in Cornwall in 1974. Inspired by art materials found around his parents house he started drawing at a very early age. By fifteen he was sure that becoming a painter was his true calling and at 19 he moved to the capital to study at Westminster University and then on to Central Saint Martins. It was here that he first began to paint outdoors. Taking small sketchbooks and minimal painting materials he would visit Trafalgar Square,Richmond and Kew Gardens.
On graduating Andrew returned to Cornwall and he started to paint the area that he grew up in. Now, Andrew’s paintings record the everchanging nuances of light in his surroundings and his paintings are in the Impressionist tradition. The simplicity and beauty of his work, however, is underpinned by rigorous draftsmanship and the intensity and complexity of his paint handling. His fast, accurate, painterly language becomes clear as thin coats of colour and glazes are applied repeatedly. This is a process that can take months: sites are revisited, paintings adjusted and repainted until a final conclusion is reached.
Andrew Tozer is one of the leading contemporary painters in whose work the legacy of Impressionism resonates: landscapes are expressed with breathtaking immediacy,
fleeting impressions rendered in such a way as to capture the essence of what’s there. His highly collected work has been shown exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and the
Mackerel Fishing, Oil on board, 67 x 61 cm, £1,950
Our current exhibition ‘Sea Interludes’ features a new collection of paintings by Robert Jones inspired by the musical sequences in Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes; Jones presents a response to these melodys with the paint itself, using the light to represent changing moods.
Robert Jones was born in Newquay, Cornwall in 1943. He studied at Falmouth School of Art where he was taught by Francis Hewlett and Robert Organ. The impressions he gained of the area, the changing weather and light, wild seas and skies are a recurring theme in his work; an important formative influence providing the practical and theoretical foundations for his art.
Here is an interesting excerpt from Jenny Pery’s book : “Robert Jones” which gives and insight into Jones’ concepts and thoughts behind his work.
“The recent series of seas and skies, painted in a format just off the square and reduced to a simple structure of clouds and water meeting over a low horizon, contain truths about the weather, which can be universally recognised. These are not merely paintings of the sea, but are about the experience of being at sea. They explore the subtle shifts of wind and water from a close viewpoint; they identify with the sea, seeming to contain symbolic truths about internal weather, about human moods and feelings. These nuances of mood can hardly be names, but they are nevertheless recognisable as states of being. These are paintings made in the studio over a long period of time, which are deliberations on past experience. While the content has been sorted and sifted, the freshness of touch remains. Each has a specific yet timeless presence. “ Amongst my favourite pieces of music are the Sea Interludes from the Benjamin Britten opera Peter Grimes. These extraordinary compositions communicate such emotion. The four movements are called: Dawn; Sunday Morning; Moonlight; and Storm; they evoke different sea moods. Water and light etc, and echo moods within ourselves. I hope the viewer will sense something of this from the different seastates and moods in the paintings.’