Looking at the World – Current Exhibition

Come along to the Private View – Thursday 4th February, 2016        7-9pm with live music by Elliot Smith-Rasmussen and John Fleming

Four artists are exhibiting for this exciting exhibition; Penny Bird, Paul Letchworth, Angus Lilburn and Christine Partridge.  They use a range of media including photography, drawing, spray and paint techniques.

This exhibition will run from Friday 5th February – Friday 20th May, 2016.  The gallery is open 7 days a week, free parking and cafe.

PENNY BIRD

Penny is drawn to stormy seas, wide-open spaces, endless mountain ranges, and the beauty of nature in all its forms,  feeling most alive when staggering against strong winds, sea spray stinging cheeks on a remote and empty beach …

Obsessed, consumed, preoccupied she turns every which way in search of the perfect light;  catch lights; the passage of the moon; the sunrise and sunset and she is heartbroken on foggy or frosty mornings when she can’t tramp through wet grass to explore what Mother Nature has revealed.

She also loves taking candid portraits of people, particularly children, and tries to capture their essence, through real emotion or by glimpsing their inner beauty.   She is relaxed and unobtrusive, as she wants her subjects to be comfortable enough to invite her in.

She uses Lightroom and a little Photoshop to process her photographs.

PAUL LETCHWORTH

Paul’s recent “gallery spaces” work have been inspired by looking at a range of architectural spaces in well known National and European museums. After spending so long inside the Art gallery, Paul began sketching the Architectural features in these public spaces early in 2015. The asymmetrical, the hand made and accidental are all features that he strives for in capturing unusual viewpoints, stairways and looking through structures. A diptych of paintings are from visits to Aldeburgh, where the textures and weathered boat surfaces captured his eye and other examples of his work show the dynamism of signs and symbols on the internet.

“I am interested in exploring the fine balance between gestural mark making contrasting with regular shapes and structures. I like my work to show the changes I make through the process of mark making and layering, arranging shape, line and colour”.

Paul lives locally and is an Art teacher. He is keen to undertake any commission work for business environments or private work. He is the author of the iStudyart app ( which can be downloaded free on the app store) an app designed for users to annotate their experiences of the art gallery. His website can be found at www.pletchworth.com.

ANGUS LILBURN

Angus’ work explores the relationships between shapes.  He focuses on everyday life and how each shape such as a car, tree or building overlaps other structures and creates unique and varied shapes.  Each object we see has this quality of ‘shapelessness’ as all objects smear together to produce one endless shape.  Angus attempts to capture this in his work and uses only black and white as he believes colour distracts from his work.  Angus pulls in the viewer in order for them to focus purely on the shapes within and nothing else.

CHRISTINE PARTRIDGE

In a small private wood in Northumberland is an avenue of ancient beech trees surrounded by yews and pines. Their wounds, fissures, folds, burrs and bosses of scar tissue speak of their lived history and the creative resilience and strength that is gathered into and grows out of vulnerability.

Christine’s work is the result of a two-year conversation with these trees. A dialogue carried out in pencil, paint, wax, fire, photographs, words and silence.  She uses a limited, muted palette on beech wood panels to disclose the sinuous embodied presence of the trees, to capture the beauty that can be found in the healed scars and the marks of time that is part of their reality as beings towards-death.

Being with these trees has underlined the ambivalent relationship we have with impermanence and the cycle of creation and destruction. In a fast paced world reaching for endless growth and perfection, Christine comes to know the potential of a slower, more embodied way of being that is at home with ‘imperfection’ and embraces the potential to be found in vulnerability and ageing.

‘All life is an act of letting go’   Life of Pi.