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.

‘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.

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.