Richard Tuff: Harbours & Houses

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Paintings and drawings by Richard Tuff

We are very pleased to announce the opening of a wonderful new collection by Richard Tuff at Beside 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.

The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades

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Charcoal, pencil, oil and ink drawings on paper by Hector Trend

Now on display at Beside the Wave London, our biggest exhibition in our Primrose Hill gallery so far, ‘The Art School: Fourteen Falmouth Artists From Six Decades’ (7th May – 9th June 2016) celebrates our artists’ connection to the acclaimed Falmouth University.

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.

The exhibition at Beside The Wave features fourteen painters that have studied at 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 artist Miles Heseltine who studied there for his Foundation Diploma in 1985 – 86; and the increasingly collected painter 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 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.

‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott & Tuff’

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Now on display at Beside the Wave London, ‘Transitions: Butlin, Hoskin, Jephcott & Tuff’ is a group exhibition featuring four established artists whose paintings, drawings and ceramics are sparked by or strive to capture transitory moments.

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.

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.

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.

‘Emma Dunbar: Home and Further Away’

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Quiet Afternoon in the Harbour, 76 x 46 cm, £1995

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.

Summer at Beside the Wave London

On display at Beside the Wave London at the moment you’ll find our annual mixed Summer Show, featuring a hand-picked collection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics by gallery and guest artists. Running until Thursday 13th August, the exhibition includes the beautifully captured and layered crashing waves of Nigel Chamberlain; ceramicist Catherine Lucktaylors’ masterful raku work, stopping all in their tracks with those incredible shocks of blue; and Emma Dunbar’s vivid still life compositions, showing at Beside the Wave London for the first time.

‘Andrew Tozer: Celebrating the Landscape’

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‘July Sunshine, Helford Passage’ by Andrew Tozer

A not-to-be-missed solo exhibition of new paintings by one of Cornwall’s most renowned artists in recent years, ‘Andrew Tozer: Celebrating the Landscape’ opens tomorrow at Beside the Wave, Falmouth.

Born in Cornwall in 1974, Andrew Tozer’s personal connection to the Cornish landscape began growing up in a farming family. Spending a great deal of his time outside, it was during this early and prolonged exposure to the landscape that the foundations of his art were laid.

Andrew trained at Falmouth School of Art and Design, University of Westminster and St Martin’s School of Art and Design then returned home to Cornwall to paint the places he loves.

His masterful, vibrant paintings aim to reflect the nature of his surroundings in a simple and truthful way. The key to this for Andrew is working out of doors, ‘en plein air’, resulting in landscapes expressed with breath-taking immediacy, fleeting impressions rendered in such a way as to capture the essence of what’s there; animated by light and its transient qualities.

Hailed as a master at depicting light on water, Andrew’s highly collected work has been exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and other parts of the UK. This new solo show ‘Andrew Tozer: Celebrating the Landscape’ runs until Thursday 13th August 2015 at Beside the Wave, Falmouth and will also be available to view on our website from tomorrow.

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‘Into the Light, St Anything Pines’ by Andrew Tozer
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‘High Tide, Helford Village, June’ by Andrew Tozer