Summer Exhibition 2018

4th April 2018
Press Release

THE MONCRIEFF-BRAY GALLERY – SUMMER EXHIBITION
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.We have a wide range of high quality images available, please email us at: mail@moncrieff-bray.com or follow this link.  Dropbox link.NOTES TO EDITORSELSPETH MONCRIEFF, DIRECTORFormer curator and arts writer Elspeth Moncrieff set up the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery in 2005. An experienced curator, she worked for many years as a curator at the V&A before becoming Deputy Editor of Apollo magazine and then Art Market Correspondent for the Art Newspaper.  She has published several books and applies her experience of the international art world to her South Downs gallery.  Based in a group of 18th-century former farm buildings on the edge of the Petworth estate, a spectacular oak framed barn houses the interior gallery space, and the surrounding landscaped gardens are an ideal setting for domestic sculpture.OPENING HOURS
Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday 11 am to 2 pm  but we welcome visitors by appointment at any time

LIST OF EXHIBITING SCULPTORS
Stuart Anderson, Walter Bailey, Adam Binder, Arabella Brooke, Oliver Ferrier, Felicia Fletcher, Penny Hardy, David Klein, Neil Lawson Baker, Nicholas Lees, Miranda Michels, Aloysha Moeran, Nicolas Moreton,  William Peers, Trudy Redfern, Guy Stevens, Jilly Sutton, Jo Sweeting

LIST OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Anthony Bream, Kate Corbett-Winder, Gareth Edwards, Leonie Gibbs, Bridget Macdonald, Stephen Palmer, Sveta Rumack, Diana Tonnison, Peter White, Hannah Woodman 
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