AUTUMN EXHIBITION OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 17TH September – 15TH October 2011

9th December 2011

EXHIBITION DATES 17TH SEPTEMBER – 15TH OCTOBER 2011

PRIVATE VIEW SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2011

The Autumn Show celebrates the opening of the new sculpture garden, created by Sussex Garden designer, Judith Wise. Viewed in this spectacular setting in the heart of the South Downs National Park, visitors are able to experience sculpture as it should be seen in the open air, enhanced by the changing properties of the vista, the light and  the weather.

Sculptors:   Ben Barrell, Richard Bray, Dick Budden, Willow Legge, Chris Lewis, Jonathan Loxley, Anita Mandl, Nicolas Moreton, Rosie Musgrave, Mike Savage, Will Spankie, Rosie Sturgis, Lucy Unwin, Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch and, Neil Wilkin

The sculpture celebrates a range of materials and aesthetic concerns.  The alchemic quality of stone carving which turns an inert block into a sensual, tactile object is expressed through the work of Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch, Jonathan Loxley and Rosie Musgrave all leading sculptors whose work is gaining increasing recognition. Neil Wilkins, one of the most accomplished glass artists in the country explores the translucent qualities of glass in his superbly crafted flower and leaf constructions and Mike Savage’s organic seed and flower forms are made  from beaten and patinated copper.

Richard Bray uses the organic properties of wood to carve his sculptures which defy gravity and intrigue the eye in their sense of visual conundrum, while Lucy Unwin’s graceful dancing figures constructed from welded steel, use the tensile properties of the medium to express physical extremes in her leaping and dancing figures.

Artists: Penny Anstice, Ana Bianchi, Sarah Bowman, Lottie Cole, Catherine Forshall, Deborah Gourlay, John Hitchens,  Margaret Hunter, Tim Kent, Bridget Lansley, Andrew Roberts and  Lucy Powell.

The exhibition of painting in the gallery revels in the quality of paint.  This is a show about painting and pushing the medium to new and luscious boundaries, while interpreting the world around us.  Works from John Hitchen’s early period bring the freshness of the Sussex landscape directly to us with their bold and gestural brush strokes.  Penny Anstice’s moody sea and harbour scenes reflect her home and childhood on the west coast of Scotland. Also brought up in Scotland, Catherine Forshall’s childhood  mackerel fishing trips  have influenced  her observation of marine life which underlies her skill at pattern making and layering of the paint surface.

Sussex artist Lucy Powell’s expressive landscapes verge on abstraction in their loose interpretation of remembered places.  Berlin based artist, Margaret Hunter explores the human condition with humour, warmth and humanity.  Artist-in-Residence at the recently reopened Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey,  Deborah Gourlay’s work celebrates architectural spaces and the layering of time expressed through her moody mixed media works and Bridget Lansley’s energetic  figure studies  are created through her vibrant palette and sense of line.