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.’
The collection, the second in the artist’s series of blue works, stems from an almost twenty-year fascination with a particular ultramarine:
‘Ultramarine Blue is the blue of the Medieval Church, it’s the blue of the Virgin Mary, it’s the blue of the Princes and Popes of the Renaissance. It is the perfect blue made by grinding up the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli, and purifying it by a complex and difficult process. Sometimes referred to as True Blue, it was and still is one of the more expensive pigments (although now it is made from a chemical process). But I love it. I found my blue, called A19, in the form of big fat crayons manufactured by the Unison Company. I now buy kilo bags of the pure pigment A19 and make my own oil and watercolours. Originally I used it to represent the total blue sky of the Australian series. The Deluge painting demanded it and so this single colour has acquired more and more significance, culminating in the present show. It’s paean to an ancient colour.’ Extract from ‘In conversation with Dr. Paul Williamson, Director V & A Museum’.
With the first series of blue works influenced by travels around the Mediterranean Sea, the starting point for this series is a more abstract one:
‘First and foremost, the paintings are about blue before they are about Sea and Sky. The iconography of the works is based on chance and accident. The format of the works is as simple as I can make it, sometimes a halfway division leaving two blocks of richly worked blue on top and bottom of the canvas. The wonder is that, despite this non-figurative approach, it still recalls to the onlooker Visceral memories of places and events that they may have experienced.’ Adrian Hemming, 2017
Adrian Hemming was born in Leicester in 1945. Following an apprenticeship as an engineer 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).
He co-founded Tichbourne Studios in Brighton and later founded the Angel Studios in London. He went on to establish Southgate Studios in the East End where he has been painting full time since 1990.
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.
We are very pleased to announce the opening of a wonderful new collection by Richard TuffatBeside The Wave Cornwall. This spectacular collection visits some of Cornwall’s most loved harbours and more hidden beaches and valleys. His beautiful use of colour evokes emotional responses to his charming compositional pieces.
Richard Tuff was born in Manchester in 1965. He completed a Foundation Art Course at Mid Cheshire College of Art in 1985 and went on to gain a Degree in Textile Design at Winchester School Of Art, showing his final year work at the Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden. After a highly successful time working as a textile designer, with his designs used for the textile industry in America, Europe and Japan, Richard moved to Cornwall at the end of 1988 and since then has concentrated on his paintings.
Richard Tuff’s paintings have a unique almost child like charm to them. His jewel-like 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.
Richard Tuff has been represented by Beside The Wave since 1989 where he has developed a strong following of collectors from across the UK. His work is shown in solo exhibitions in both Beside The Wave Cornwall and Beside The Wave London.
‘Richard Tuff: Harbours & Houses’ runs at Beside The Wave Cornwall from today until 26th May 2016.
‘Bamaluz Beach, St Ives’, gouache on paper by Richard Tuff
‘Mounts Bay Sunshine’, gouache on paper by Richard Tuff
Established in Falmouth in 1989, Beside The Wave has always been in the perfect position to keep a close eye on the impressive talent coming out of the town’s distinguished 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 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.
One third of the Beside The Wave’s represented artists studied at Falmouth University and the group will also be added to by work by two new artists to the gallery, recent graduates Nina Brooke and Hector Trend.
The exhibition, ‘The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades’, will be on display at Beside The Wave London until Thursday 9th June 2016.
Paintings by Nina Brooke with ceramics by Vanessa Bullick
‘Porthcothan Cliffs’, oil on canvas, 110 x 120cm, Paul Lewin
‘Paul Lewin: Shore Light’ at Beside the Wave Falmouth
‘Paul Lewin: Shore Light’ at Beside the Wave Falmouth
‘Treen Beach’, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm, Paul Lewin
Window display at Beside the Wave Falmouth
We are pleased to announce that our solo show of new work by Paul Lewin, ‘Shore Light’, is now open at Beside the Wave Falmouth. This breathtaking collection features 31 pieces in Paul’s classic and unique style, with an impressive range of captivating and powerful large scale pieces, perfectly depicting the overwhelming landscape of the Cornish coast, along with more reflective, smaller works, that show the charm and beauty of the Cornish seascape.
The show includes a handpicked selection of paintings by Amanda Hoskin from her latest collection ‘St Michael’s Way’, inspired by her recent walk along the Cornish pilgrimage walk. A testimony to Amanda’s masterful ability to capture the essence of the place, this new body of work expresses the landscape in such a way that we can feel the clouds rolling in over the moors or delight in the simple pleasure of pink foxgloves in front of a summer’s blue sea. Born in Cornwall, Amanda studied at Falmouth and Chelsea Colleges of Art and, over the past fifteen years, has emerged as a leading exponent of Cornish landscape painting.
‘A view from Godrevy Lighthouse’, oil on panel, 39 x 33 cm, Amanda Hoskin
‘One In, One Out’, gouache and watercolour on paper, 20 x 28 cm, Richard Tuff
Painter Richard Tuff’s work also aims to capture the essence and feeling of a place, rather than an exact representation. Taking inspiration from the harbours and towns of Cornwall, Richard enjoys working with the great contrasts of scenery from his home on the rugged north coast to the peaceful creeks and sailing waters of the South. His landscapes go beyond the traditional and demonstrate an interest in interlocking abstract areas of color. His paintings have a unique almost child like charm to them with rich, jewel-like colours capturing the many subtle changes of light and tone.
The still life work of Anne-Marie Butlin, representing flowers and domestic objects in still, calm interiors, conveys the quiet transitory moments of different flowers and the unique feeling that they can create in a space; the strong structures and often the sheer joyfulness of their appearance. The paintings combines strong traditional skill with a modern style, carefully layered oil paints on a canvas washed with vibrant orange. Anne-Marie’s aspirations are rooted in the strong female tradition of artists like Gwen John and Winifred Nicholson whose work is domestic and yet often transcends the ordinary to create slightly other worldly, ethereal spaces.
‘August Flowers’, oil on linen, 40 x 40 cm, Anne-Marie Butlin
‘Pear with Fly Decal’, ceramic, Remon Jephcott
The fourth artist within the group is ceramicist Remon Jephcott whose love and interest in ceramics began the first time that she witnessed the opening of a kiln. Amazed by the metamorphosis within fire of a lump of clay with the application of various chemicals to form, colour and a glaze, Remon’s fascination with the metaphoric and metamorphic process within ceramics has continued to feed her thoughts and forms. Her work is multi-fired and multi-layered, build up with a combination of her own glazes, oxides and stains, commercial under-glazes and glazes, decals and lustres. Her ceramic sculptures aim to immerse the viewer in a sensory and symbolic visual experience. Remo graduated from Falmouth University with a BA in Contemporary Crafts in 2008. At the prestigious graduate show, New Designers, she was invited to join The Society of Designer Craftsmen and won their Award for Excellence at The Mall Galleries January 2009.
The exhibition ‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott, & Tuff’ is now on display at Beside the Wave London until Thursday 10th September. All works from the show can also be viewed on our website.
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.
Do Goats like Almond Chocolate? 46 x46 cm £1100
Buttercups, Campion and Bluebells, 46 x 46 cm, £1100