Our annual Christmas show is now open at the gallery and available to view online. With over 30 different artists’ work on display we’re sure that you’ll be able to find something for those you love, or a new addition to your own home with many pieces under £500. The show includes brand new work by Nancy Crewe, Emma Dunbar, Helen Jones, Myles Oxenford and Richard Tuff.
We are also excited to be showing etchings by the artist Sarah Woods who is new to the gallery for this show. Sarah is a recent graduate from Falmouth University where she studied a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from 2013-2016.
‘I am a painter and printmaker documenting the landscape through mixed media and re-working materials. My prints are largely informed by an obsession with line, creating repetitive marks whilst abstracting and refining initial observations. This is explored through paintings that are sewn and engraved, altering the surface and emphasising the materials used.
Perception, reception and response are key processes in the translation of the landscape. Reversing the use of materials and questioning the order of the work inspires my practice and encourages an experimental approach, stripped of material and methodical in process.’ – Sarah Woods
We hope you can make it to see this show over December, we have a range of ceramics and jewellery too which can be seen on our website. We would like to wish you a very happy festive season ahead and hope you enjoy this carefully curated Christmas collection.
Christmas Parties at Beside The Wave Galleries
Our annual Christmas events will be taking place at Beside The Wave London on Thursday 30th November and here in Falmouth on Thursday 7th December. We very much hope to see you in either gallery.
This very special group show is a celebration of four artist’s ability to combine colour, texture and form to produce exquisite works of art. From Anne-Marie Butlin’s traditional still life’s depicting hand picked flowers in a Sue Binns’ vase to Emma Dunbar’s eclectic and playful compositions featuring an Ali Tomlin pot with her distinctive scribble.
With impressive and extensive careers to date, we feel privileged to represent these artists. Each have been shown throughout the UK, have been featured in several publications and now have an international following of collectors.
Anne-Marie Butlin trained at Harrow and Loughborough College of Art.
She now lives and works in Crouch End, North London. Her work is
exhibited all over the country and has been show at Art Fairs in
Amsterdam and the USA. She also regularly works on portrait
‘I paint mostly still life with fruit, flowers ceramics, patterned fabrics and various domestic objects in still, calm interiors. I love the character of different flowers and the unique feeling they can create in a space; the strong structures and sometimes the sheer joyfullness of their appearance. Although I often use the same shallow format, I like the different possibilities of the still life. My colours range from the subtle, with close tones, to strong and decorative. I usually use a strong base colour, which I allow to show through in places; this gives many of the paintings quite a jewel-like feel.’
Born in England in 1961, Emma Dunbar graduated in 1984 with a BA Hons
in Fine Art Printmaking from West Surrey College of Art and Design. Since
then she has worked full time as an artist and exhibited throughout the UK.
Emma’s inspiration comes from travelling in India, Cornish holidays and the
chaos of family life. Also, the work of her favourite artists, including Mary
Fedden, Milton Avery and Daphne McClure.
“What excited 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 qualities of everyday objects. 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.
Sue’s skills as a potter are largely self taught but she had an inspirational few years under the guidance of Ian Godfrey at the Montem School in the 1980?s. Since then her work has been evolving and she has produced a wide range of functional domestic stoneware.
The distinctive patterns are produced by brushing dilute cobalt over the dolomite glaze before firing to 1240 degrees centigrade. The seemingly endless combinations of stripes that dominate my work are carefully chosen to suit each individual piece.
Ali Tomlin has always drawn and designed and loves the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. She enjoys how just a simple line can completely change the feeling of a piece.
Her work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. She throws and turns the pieces to a fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the porcelain a paper-like, tactile quality, where she applies her marks as spontaneously as possible. Preferring to work on the dry, chalky surface, she uses stains, oxides and slips, splashing or sponging away areas and inlaying lines, creating pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks. Sometimes this results in simple graphic marks and sometimes never ending abstract, landscape paintings or cityscapes, wrapping around the pots.
We hope you are able to join us in the gallery for what promises to be a striking, richly coloured and joyful exhibition of these incredibly talented artist’s work.
We hope you are able to join us in the gallery for what promises to be a striking, richly coloured and joyful exhibition of these incredibly talented artist’s work.
We are excited to announce we now have a new selection of ceramics by Catherine Lucktaylor and Mary-Rose Young in the gallery.
Catherine creates hand built ceramics in her studio at Bejowans Farm near St Buryan, West Cornwall. She uses time honoured techniques such as coiling, pinching and slabbing to create stunning statement pieces. These exquisitely crafted, one of a kind, pinched and coiled bowls and vessels which embody the wild beauty of the Cornish landscape are made using hand rolled coils of clay. The surface of the pots are burnished to a silky sheen with the use of a smooth pebble before being bisque fired to 1000 degrees centigrade.
A selection of vibrant crackle glazes and slip resist techniques along with Catherine’s signature turquoise glaze are applied to the pots. They are then fired in an outside Raku Kiln, which Catherine made herself, to around 950 degrees centigrade. Pieces are removed from the kiln with tongs whilst glowing red hot smoked in sawdust before being cleaned to reveal the unpredictable beauty of Raku glazed ceramics.
Working from home, Mary-Rose Young began selling pottery pieces from a barrow at the Dockside Arts Centre, in Bristol, from about 1985. Her earliest designs included the humorous ‘frantic chicken’ and a rose motif which seemed appropriate next to her name. The roses began to grow in a three-dimensional form on the rims of vases and on the handles of mugs, and she called the look ‘Rose Encrusted’.
In 1986 production moved to a small pottery in the village of Parkend. Early recognition of her work at this time came in the form of a magazine article for South West Arts, an interview with Jan Leeming for TV, and acceptance by the Crafts Council for her application to exhibit at the Chelsea Crafts Fair.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any information on these new ceramics.
We are delighted to be hosting our first collection for highly acclaimed and collected artist Adrian Hemming in our Falmouth gallery.’In search Of Snow’ is open from 13th October – 1st November 2017. This collection consists of twelve paintings of the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy, where Adrian studied the energetic landscape.
Adrian Hemming was born in Leicester in 1945. Following an engineering apprenticeship he travelled widely in Europe and developed an appreciation of landscape and a love of art. On returning to England, Adrian was accepted onto the Foundation Course at Lincoln College of Art. His B.A. was completed at Brighton Polytechnic (1973) and his M.A. at Goldsmiths College, London University (1982).
Adrian has twice been short-listed for the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. He has lectured and exhibited widely in England, Scotland, America and South Africa. His work can be found in many private and public collections as well as being on public view in Terminal One, Heathrow Airport, as a result of a major commission by BAA.
Alongside this collection we have a mixed collection by some of our gallery artists as well as a new collection of Richard Tuff gouache paintings and pen and ink drawings up in the gallery. All of these new works can be seen on our website.
The first fully painted feature length animation ‘Loving Vincent’ is set to be released in under a week (October 13th 2017) and we can’t wait to see gallery artist Sarah Wimperis’s scene she painted for the film (see images above). The Film documents the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh with the films animation in the style of his famous works of art. Amazingly the film is constructed of 65,000 oil paintings. Sarah spent five painstaking months working on the film in Gdansk at the beginning of 2017 and was the only British artist involved in the making of the film.
To coincide with the release of the film Sarah is having a solo exhibition ‘Light and Heat’ in our London gallery which starts on the 12th October 2017, where we will also be hosting a private view with Sarah in attendance. The works that will be featured in this exhibition are inspired by her experience working on ‘Loving Vincent’. To produce these new paintings Sarah spent her summer immersing herself in the colours and light of the South of France, where Van Gogh once lived and worked.
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.
‘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
‘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
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.
‘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.
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.
Andrew Tozer’s one man show is now open in our Falmouth gallery until the 16th August!
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: