A joint exhibition of Mother and Son who work in similar colour palettes, media and inspirations but create quite different interpretations.
The bulk of work in this exhibition is oil on canvas with some sculpture, prints and film to represent Benjamin’s mixed media creativity.
With 30 years’ experience as a mixed media Artist, Benjamin has returned to his roots with painting after a long gap exploring other media; 20 years running an event lighting business, 30 years creating bespoke creative spaces, functional art, sculpture.
Painting with Light is his most recent expression being a evolution from lighting events and becoming a Light artist. His inspirations have always been nature and landscapes being interpreted through abstraction, texture, large scale, and high energy colour palettes. His work has always been large, with a metre square being as small as his canvas tends to be.
Ben feels that what he has to say in his work is less important than other people’s reaction. He is the biggest fan and paints for himself as a form of self therapy and expression, but when other people find something they resonate with from his work, then this is fantastic and gives him great reward.
Angela Clegg (Fahey):
Angela Fahey is an expressionist painter living and working in the South West of England. Inspired by the natural environment and how we live within it, she seeks through colour and form to abstract the core elements of a scene or situation and create a balanced image that reflects her experience of that place.
“Colour has been a dominant visual force from childhood and I remember asking, aged five, to have a reproduction of Van Gogh’s boats I’d seen in a magazine to hang on my bedroom wall.
Later, decorating the family home explored the effects produced by different shades and tones on how light is reflected and the atmosphere it creates. Then, with the family becoming more independent, pursuing a degree in Art and Design, English and Philosophy as a mature student was a freeing experience and led to a 20 year teaching career.
More recently, my energies have focussed on expressing a response to a particular scene or situation through art. The West Country provides a rich source of creative inspiration with its wild moorland and rocky coastal areas and in my paintings I endeavour to catch that elusive element that first attracted me. Working in oils enables vibrant and textured application of paint to produce a dynamic image through colour and form.
While my work is a personal expression of what I see it is, nevertheless, rooted in a structurally observed representation of the subject that I then work to reduce to its basic elements. Buildings and openings create tension and frequently lead me to explore intangible depths through layers of colour which I may then scrape back until the balance feels right.
Each painting is a journey of discovery, rarely achieved quickly, and aiming to create a dynamic whole that invites the viewer to consider further.”
Featuring three friends who met while studying animal sculpture in clay with Brendan Hesmondhalgh in Yorkshire.
“Animals have always been my subject: I love the combination of skeletal consistency with the excitement of working in a wide variety of media. I progressed from wood to stone carving, then to clay, but I when I get the chance I particularly enjoy forging and welding scrap metal for the challenge of achieving an animal likeness with the most unlikely materials.”
Hilary is a travel expert, publisher of the Bradt Travel Guides, and has been awarded an MBE and Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Seaton.
“From childhood the three dimensional form has attracted me and I have used several media for sculptures but I find the plasticity and strength of stoneware clay superb for bringing to life the animals I find endlessly fascinating. Finding attitudes that express personality and often humour, the tenseness of the body and muscles, all this I try to achieve in each piece.
I’ve spent most of my life in the New Forest and have worked, amongst other things, as artistic director for garden ornament companies and have produced definitive models for dog and horse breed societies.”
“I started sculpting the human form at the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury but became intrigued by the similarities as well as differences in morphology across the animal kingdom. I like to undertake less familiar subjects and try to use a study of their evolution as part of the creative process. I have worked with wire, wood and plaster but clay is my favourite medium. The malleability allows for detailed features to be incorporated and the glazing provides the opportunity to experiment.”
Penny is Kentish and spent most of her career working in scientific research centres in Kent and London, latterly at the Royal Veterinary College where daily access to the skeleton collection in the college museum could bring on inspiration overload. She now shares a house with a friend and former colleague near Axminster.
The Town Mill Studio Artists will be exhibiting some of the work they have been producing since November 2014, with mentor Phil Clayton. This “behind the scenes” exhibition is designed to demonstrate how the individual artists have approached their work, with a particular emphasis on the creative process, by using mark making, research and experimentation. This may or may not have resulted in a finished piece of work, but more in the development of their individual creative expression.
In September 2017 this group of local artists, who had been painting together for three years, decided to form the Town Mill Studio Artists, in a shared space above the Courtyard Gallery. The artists Jules Critchinson, Hilary Highet, Rachel Hudson, Elizabeth Richie, Kathie Scott, Sue Warren and Libby Washington wanted to continue to work together in a creative environment with the encouragement and support of each other and with Phil’s expertise. The studio has been designed to accommodate the artists with their own allocated spaces and unrestricted access enabling them to work on their individual processes and projects at any time. During the exhibition the studio will also be open so that visitors can meet the artists and see them at work.
The exhibition is a collaboration between local artist Maria Barbashina and the Boat Building Academy.
Maria’s paintings of instructors and staff from the Academy will complement the student-built boats and furniture on display. The staff in the portraits will keep a watchful eye over the student work which has all been made on the 40 week boatbuilding course or the 12 week furniture making course.
Lyme Regis artist Christine Allison is known locally and internationally for her huge, dynamic, contemporary paintings of eagles, owls and falcons. In her latest work Christine continues to draw inspiration from the natural world but executes her paintings in two very different ways, one realistic; the other abstracted. She portrays the bonds between domestic animals and their humans in realistic, sensitive and perceptive portraits in oil paint. In contrast, inspired by her garden, she creates curious, colourful, abstracted oil paintings, some tiny, some large, which at times resemble richly embroidered textiles or perhaps crazy dreams!
During the exhibition Christine is running a series of six workshops on themes extracted from her book ‘Drawing, techniques and tutorials for the complete beginner’ which was published last year and reprinted this year due to its success by The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications. Although the book is aimed at beginners, Christine is an experienced tutor and her workshops are suitable for all abilities.
In this exhibition Christine celebrates nature with skill, joy, light, a curious eye and a love of drawing and painting.
Open daily, 10.30-4.30, free admission
Each workshop runs from 10am -1pm and each costs £30 per person. Workshops take place within the exhibition space at The Malthouse (the exhibition will be open to the public whilst the workshops are taking place).
Booking is essential as there are only eight places per workshop.
Each workshop can be taken separately although a 10% discount will be given to anyone wishing to participate in the full series of six workshops.
Some materials and equipment will be provided, some you will need to bring with you. Christine will discuss requirements with each participant.
Howard Flanagan is an emerging international artist, who has become more widely known over the last two years for his individual highly detailed paintings.
He was a finalist in last years (2017) Sunday Times Watercolour Artist of the Year and exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society. This year he has worked almost exclusively with the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the International children’s charity Unicef, to produce 12 paintings, a series of limited edition prints and a calendar, all to be sold in aid of Unicef. The original paintings will be exhibited in Liverpool this July to coincide with the end of this year’s Clipper race.
Howard takes inspiration from people and landscapes around him. He was lucky enough to visit the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the Ukraine, this spring. Looking around him, he was both inspired and humbled by the struggles of the people who continue to live there.
Working mainly in pastel, watercolour and ink, Howard seeks to capture quiet, unadorned natural beauty in the eyes of people struggling with every day life and the landscape around us.
Following his one-man show in Liverpool in July, Howard is pleased to be exhibiting at the Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill Arts, Lyme Regis.