Erin Ward: January Featured Artist at Beside The Wave Gallery

A spotlight on Acrylic painter Erin Ward. Erin’s paintings are inspired from visits to coastal regions, particularly the East Coast, Cornwall, and Norfolk, spending time walking the coastal paths. Areas where the sea meets the land and rivers, where salt water meets fresh water are a fascination, as well as hard rock against water, the meeting of two extremes.

Erin paints in an energetic, semi-abstract way using a limited palette; often mixing the colours directly onto the canvas, using rags, palette knives and sometimes her fingers, building up the paint from transparent washes to thick impasto in focal areas. We caught up with Erin to find out more about the collection.

Your paintings are full of energy and movement, how do you capture that emotion within your work from memory?

My energetic mark-making is my style which has developed over the years and I find if I am remembering a place, it’s usually from a sense of atmosphere or the weather so it usually works out fine.

What started your connection with Cornwall? Did you visit as a child?

I first visited Cornwall as a child on a family holiday and that memory stayed with me, but it wasn’t until my early twenties when I went on my own and walked the coastal paths did my love for Cornwall really start to develop. I have since returned as often as I can to walk and sketch and soak up the wonderful light and landscape.

What draws you to using acrylic paint in your work?

Acrylics are hugely versatile but are also non-toxic and the artist quality paints use lightfast pigments. They are fantastic to use to create thick impasto areas which still dry quickly but their versatility means that you can also use them in thin layers to give a watercolour effect and also to build up glazes.

They do dry quickly but I also work fairly quickly and it’s a good challenge to get those lovely impasto marks down in one go.

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Light Overhead, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 61 cms, £1,400 – view online

What do you want the viewer to feel from your paintings?

I would love viewers to connect to a sense of atmosphere, and a sense of place in my paintings but mainly I would want them to take away an emotional response.

Do you have a favourite painting within the collection at Beside The Wave Gallery?

That is a difficult question! Each of the pieces in the collection means something different to me but if I could choose two, it would be ‘Empty Beach’ for it’s quiet, calming atmosphere and then ‘Rolling In’ for the dynamic marks, colour and energy, so they are complete opposites!

Rolling InRolling In, Acrylic on canvas, 76.2 x 76.2 cms, £1,950 – view online

Who have been your influences whilst developing your artistic career?

Turner had a very early influence on me. I remember pouring over his watercolour studies for a project in school.

More recently I have been looking at the work of women painters of the Abstract Expressionism movement, in particular, Joan Mitchell, whose work I adore. I think I’m attracted to her energy and movement which plays a big part in my own work.

I also love the work of David Tress, whom I think is one of Britan’s best contemporary landscape artists.

How has your work developed over the years and what direction do you see your work going for the future?

My creative journey has been long and varied and it is only in the past 12 years that I feel my work is going in a direction that I am happy with, although there are still many ups and downs! I tried using acrylics, loved their versatility and ease of use, and as I became comfortable using them as my main medium (I still work in watercolours and oils) my painting flourished. Seascapes, landscape and the weather have always been my main inspiration and this doesn’t show any signs of changing, but I’m finding that my style has become more abstract and my once very limited palette has started to include brighter, richer colours which I’m finding very exciting. I also want to try to capture the energy and motion in my work onto larger canvases and so I have started practising on large pieces of paper first.

Tide Rushing In

Tide Rushing In, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 61 cms, £1,400 – view online

View the full collection of paintings online here.

‘Adrian Hemming: Rough Seas for Mermaids’

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‘Dreaming of Mermaids’, oil on canvas, 67 x 153 cm, by Adrian Hemming

Currently on display at Beside The Wave London, we are very excited to be hosting our first solo exhibition for acclaimed artist Adrian Hemming.

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’.

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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

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Artist Adrian Hemming and gallery manager Claire Pearce at the private view

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.

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The show runs until Wednesday 15th February 2017 and all of the work is also available to view on our website.

We highly recommend seeing theses incredible, expressive works in person, transforming our space into a mesmerising vault of blue.

Our New Year’s Resolution

With the fresh New Year now upon us, we wanted to kickstart our blog again and what better way to start than a look back at all of our most liked Instagram posts from both Beside the Wave Cornwall and Beside The Wave London from 2016 – catching us up to today and celebrating some of our favourite work from the year.

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.

‘PAUL LEWIN: SHORE LIGHT’

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 will be on display until 17th September 2015 and can now also be viewed on our website.

‘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.