Sculpture and Painting for Summer 2018

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Saturday 19 May 2018 – Sunday 17 June 2018

Private Views: Saturday 19 May 3.0 pm – 8.0 pm and Sunday 20 May 11 am -1.30 pm

The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery presents its summer sculpture and painting exhibition, with works displayed in the magnificent Sussex barn and sculpture arranged across the surrounding three-acre rural gardens.

Selected with a commitment to quality, innovation and originality, a wide range of work will be on show; small-scale sculpture and paintings in the gallery, and in the garden large-scale works in all media, both abstract and figurative – many of which have been commissioned specially for the exhibition.

Penny Hardy’s life size The Kiss is the perfect image to feature, since the show opens on the day of  the Royal Wedding.  It seems to move in the wind although made entirely of recycled scrap metal.  Trudy Redfern, painter of the Queen’s horses, has sculpted a  life-size driftwood horse after combing the beaches of Britain during  the winter storms.  Jilly Sutton’s Architect, cast in verdigris bronze resin from the original wood assemblage, reflects the chaos and resolution associated with building projects.

Interior pieces include Nicholas Lees’s sculptures made from hand thrown porcelain which is then turned on the wheel.  Their subtle surfaces set up shimmering patterns of optical illusion.  Stuart Anderson works directly in clay from his subject. He has a special affinity with horses and greyhounds as subject matter capturing,  the sheer joy of natural rhythms of line and form. Arabella Brooke  represents women,challenging  conventional ideas about female beauty and womanhood, and exploring identity and relationships.

The artists on show are drawn from all corners of the British Isles.  Landscapes by Hannah Woodman and Gareth Edwards reflect the long traditions of Cornish landscape paintings with their emphasis on abstraction, paint surface and shimmering tonal qualities.  Kate Corbett-Winder’s work is rooted in the Welsh Marches merging abstraction with memory and observation.  Peter White’s monumental vessels painted in oil and wax media stir up associations of the archeology and landscape of the Far North West of Scotland where he lives.  Scottish artist, Leonie Gibbs’s  work explodes with colour, exploring the intensity of deep pure pigments.  While Russian artist, Svetlana Rumak conjures the lost innocence of her Ukranian childhood with her whimsical figures hovering between childhood and adolesence.

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.


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Leonie Gibbs, The Chemistry of Colour, Landscape

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16 and 17 April 9.15 am to 4 pm

This course will build on the techniques introduced in Leonie’s course last autumn but is suitable for students of all levels with intividual tuition. You will be encouraged to experiment further with colour, freeing inhibitions to express yourself in a considered but spontaneous manner.  Leonie will give a formal introduction to advanced colour theories looking at the work of various artists who have inspired her.  Students will be able to learn from observing Leonie paint and from her personal tuition.  They will be encouraged to paint outside making full use of the garden and landscape around the gallery.

Price: £225. To include lunch in the main house.  For more information click here.

To book a place email: or telephone 07867978414

Kate Corbett-Winder, Corfu Cove, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 51 cm

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John Hitchens, Grey Hill Fields, 1971, on canvas, 51 x 91 cms

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Kate Corbett-Winder, Winter Scene, 66 x 61 cms, pastel collage paint on paper £1,500 copy

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Oona Campbell Recent Landscapes

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Oona Campbell’s  recent paintings are united by the dramatic cloudscapes that roll across our skies and nature’s light effects especially at dawn and dusk.  A group of paintings of Petworth Park Lake at sunset forms the focus of the show together with images of  the long sandy beach 
of West Wittering.  Further afield, Oona explores  the mist of an early morning on  the Jurassic coast of Dorset and the wild moors  of Scotland’s  Applecross Peninsular.

Oona has been familiar with Sussex since she was a student at Brighton Art School where she fell in love with the South Downs but is equally at home exploring the Highlands.  She was delighted to return to Petworth Park explaining, ‘Over my years of visiting there, no matter the weather, it has always been a place of calmness and beauty. Among these new Petworth paintings there is an early spring evening where the golden sun on the lake meets the mysterious night as it gently folds in. The painting captures that evanescent moment. Sunset and evening light is never quite the same, and always inspires thoughts for painting’.

Speaking of the exhibition Oona describes her painting process. ‘My paintings start with observation and develop with memory and imagination. For me physical observation is a necessary prelude to painting, but it is memory of the atmosphere that allows the subject to burgeon. Memory enables a vivid reliving of the dynamic qualities of  watery mist, the setting of the sun, lashing storm rain, or the aural turbulence of thunder. Landscape is always changing before your eyes, and in an instance you can sense a picture being born.’

Juxtaposed with Oona’s figurative work we are showing,  Abstract landscapes by Jonathan Gibbs, Susie Leiper Tuëma Pattie and Sarah Warley Cummings

Tuëma Pattie lives in Duncton and has painted both the Sussex landscape and further afield. She is a long-term exhibitor at the gallery with her exuberant paintings celebrating the joy of nature.  Sarah Warley-Cummings is another Sussex artist who has made a series of abstract prints exploring the shapes and colours of the countryside. We are very lucky to exhibit two Scottish artists.  Susie Leiper, whose work combines calligraphy and landscape.   One of the country’s finest calligraphers she is also trained in the techniques of Chinese art.  Her work unites eastern and western traditions of painting.   Jonathan Gibbs is a senior tutor at Edinburgh College of Art and a leading wood engraver his multi-layered paintings  combine present observation with a life-time of images and motifs remembered.

Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm but we welcome visitors by appointment at any time.

FURTHER INFORMATION: contact. Elspeth Moncrieff   Tel: 07867 978 414 –

John Hitchens and Anthony Garratt

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Exploring the Land: Two Ways of Seeing

Exhibition dates:                Saturday 13 May — Saturday 17 June 2016

Private View:                          Saturday 13 May, 3 pm—8pm

This joint exhibition explores the way two artists have responded to the landscape of Sussex both of them painting en plein aire in an expressive spontaneous manner. John Hitchen’s work in the exhibition spans a 45 year period from the 1970s to the present day and presents a retrospective of his evolving style. Anthony’s paintings were all completed over the last year.

Although he has painted much further afield, John’s work is deeply influenced by the landscape surrounding his home in West Sussex. He also spent several weeks each summer staying at Pagham harbor and in the 1970s created a series of paintings capturing the atmospheric effects of the beach and salt marshes especially at dawn and dusk. The paintings in the exhibition begin with his early representational works through his increasing experiments in abstraction where sky and horizon are lost in broad gestural brush strokes, at times the flattened picture plane opening into glimpses of distant vistas.

In John’s latest work, gestural evocations of the land are expressed in complex compositions of flat articulate colour. Reuniting these works separated by so many years reveals fascinating connections and relationships. The paintings display recurring themes, the rhythms of the seasons, the structure of the land, vistas glimpsed through deep woodland, lines of strata and sediment, contour lines of hills and fields. The exhibition is an homage to John’s continuing absorption with the organic, changing nature of the landscape whether on a grand sweeping scale or reduced to abstracted patterns of plough lines and hedge rows. The artist’s eye is continually searching and exploring, never content to stand still as John himself says, ‘everything that has gone before is part of what is now’.

Anthony’s work by contrast is concerned primarily with the weather, and the physical experience and impact of a landscape. He researches his paintings by exposing himself to the elements, winter storms, summer heat, racing tides, scudding clouds and eery moonlight. A trip to Sussex last year inspired him to return and create the work for this show.

For Anthony, South Sussex from the downs to the coast offered an abundance of sensory information. Starting at Petworth House, what immediately struck him is that the grassy hills and lines from pathways excavated by Capability Brown are echoed naturally further South as he headed through the Downs. As the light hits and shifts around the lake in front of Petworth House, the eye is naturally led from tree to curve, to water, to sky and in some respects the landscape has already been painted.

‘Painting the coast from Sesley to West Wittering is a fascinating and atmospheric journey which feels far removed from the rolling hills of the Downs’, he explained. Massive vistas and salt marshes enable the experience of raw weather where the continually changing landscape is molded by the tidal state and weather. ‘The paintings are an impulsive reaction to visiting somewhere for the very first time and capturing the most immediate senses; the sound underfoot, the movement of the weather and land, the smell of the marshes and sea’, he continued

Anthony works by splattering and dribbling, paint across canvases, sometimes mixed with earth and sand, and rust. Often working in the open air, brushes, knives, fingers, palette knives, all play their part and from the seeming chaos an image gradually emerges.


Notes on the Artists

John Hitchens

John Hitchens grew up in Graffham, West Sussex and studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham Court.    Both his father Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) and his grandfather Alfred Hitchens (1861-1942) were painters and his son Simon Hitchens is a Sculptor. The wooded Sussex landscape nestling below the South Downs has been a major influence on his work but he also spent extended periods painting in Scotland and South Wales. He began his career as a figurative landscape painting but began experimenting with abstraction in the late 1970s.   From 1990 he has painted in a fully abstract style with a restricted palette of earth pigments. John’s work was exhibited throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s at the Marjorie Parr Gallery and Montpellier Galleries in London and the John Paul Gallery in Chichester. His work is in numerous public collections, including Brighton Art Gallery, Bradford City Art Gallery, Brasenose College Oxford, Chase Manhattan Bank New York, and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Anthony Garratt

Anthony studied at Chelsea College of Art, followed by Falmouth College of Arts for a design degree. Having worked as a designer for a few years he decided to become a fulltime painter. He is a member of the Royal West of England Academy where he has exhibited regularly. He has also shown at the RA Summer Exhibition and the Royal College of Arts Henry Moore Gallery. ‘This is Bristol’ listed Anthony Garratt ‘as the next David Hockney’. Anthony was invited to paint the Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium Bridge.  He has been involved in three inspirational outdoor projects. In September 2014 – Alfresco on Tresco in which he worked on four massive paintings in the open air, leaving them in situ exposed to the elements for four months. He followed this with a similar project from March – October 2015 FOUR Angelsey in North Wales. In 2016 he completed High Low an installation in the Snowdonia National Park which consisted of one enormous outdoor painting which was left floating on lake Llyn Llydaw.and a second painting suspended in a near by disused coal mine. The installations attracted huge media coverage including BBC & ITV news. Anthony has had numerous highly successful shows throughout the UK.