19th April 2013

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 18 May — Saturday 22 June 2013

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 18 May — Saturday 22 June 2013



This summer, the Moncrieff-Bray gallery presents an exciting line up of new work for its annual summer exhibition.  Work by fifteen artists will be displayed in the spectacular 60 foot Sussex barn.  A wide range of work will be on show, including, luscious oil paintings, innovative prints, drawings, ceramics and Paul Farrer’s papier-mâché animal head – many of the works have been commissioned specially for the exhibition. 

There is a strong Scottish element to the show with landscapes by Penny Anstice and Shona Baar and Madeline MaKay’s innovative bird prints and drawings. Although well established in Scotland and London, Shona exhibits with the gallery for the first time.  Her work revels in colour and vibrant paint marks describing the wild Scottish landscape. Recently graduated from Dundee Art, School Madeline is attracting critical attention, she has won several awards and travel scholarships, including the Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award from the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Strongly influenced by her Caithness childhood, her work is technically innovative but layered with the ancient culture, animals and archaeology of the far north.

Also new to the gallery are Celia Wilkinson, Delia Tournay Godfrey and Ingrid Wilkins. Living on the Isle of Wight, Celia has recently turned to landscape painting and is exhibiting widely.  Her work is inspired by her long walks, she first deconstructs what she has seen to piece it back together with her vigorous mark making and wonderful colour sense. Delia’s paintings evoke the Suffolk coastline of her home.  Her landscapes are peopled with solitary figures often huddled against the wind.  A strong sense of two –dimensional design underlies her compositions the figures adding charm and humour.  Born in Germany, Ingrid Wilkins is an abstract painter who carefully layers her paint surface.  Her work has a strong spatial sense evoking landscapes or figurative elements drawing the viewer into the surface in a contemplative manner.

The gallery is also dedicated to promoting talented artists from the local area, this year Mandy Ward Thomas has created large scale dynamic pastels of horse racing and hunting scenes.  Her flowing impressionistic compositions conjure up the excitement and energy of the race track.  Exhibiting for the first time is Tanya Woods, a recent graduate from Chichester University, Tanya was nominated for the Jerwood drawing prize. Her meticulously executed pencil drawings record traces of memory and touch, surfaces disrupted by human contact such as a crumpled pillow or paper bag.

Innovative three-dimensional work includes Diana Tonnison’s wonderful ceramic boxes filled with brightly coloured fruits, vegetables and fish inspired by her Mediterranean home.  Frances Doherty‘s burgeoning ceramic flower forms and Diana Barraclough’s ceramic tiles and paintings.  Ostinelli and Priest’s  ceramic animals executed with enormous skill and humour are becoming widely collected.  The artists will give a workshop demonstration at the private view.

The works have been chosen with great care from a huge range of talent.  Following the galleries commitment to originality, quality and providing a West End quality exhibition in an idyllic rural environment in the West Sussex countryside.

The exhibition runs concurrently with the annual exhibition of Garden Sculpture.  See separate press release.




Based in a group of 18th-century former farm buildings on the edge of the Petworth estate, the gallery holds regular exhibitions of contemporary art and sculpture. A spectacular oak framed barn houses the interior gallery space, and the surrounding landscaped gardens are an ideal setting for domestic sculpture. The gallery is committed to showing artists who are not widely represented elsewhere, helping them to establish a commercial following. Artists whose careers the gallery has helped to promote include New Yorker Tim Kent, Pippa Blake, Ana Bianchi, Jonathan Loxley and Jilly Sutton. Just over an hour’s drive from central London, the gallery is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, enjoying spectacular views over the Rother Valley and up to the South Downs.


Former curator and arts writer Elspeth Moncrieff set up the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery in 2005. An experienced curator, she started her career at the V&A; as a former art market correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Deputy Editor of Apollo magazine, she applies her experience of the international art world to her South Downs gallery. Elspeth is currently the International Editor of the Sydney-based World of Antiques and Art.



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Shona Baar
Diana Barraclough
David Farrer
Andrew George
Madeline Mackay
Emma Mcclure
Ostinelli and Priest
Diana Tonnison
Delia Tournay Godfrey
Mandy Ward Thomas
Tanya Wood
Celia Wilkinson
Ingrid Wilkins



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Elspeth Moncrieff:

Tel: 07867 978 414