THE BANKSIDE GALLERY
VIEW online, framed and unframed and in person at The Bankside Gallery London: MINI PICTURE SHOW 2023: 8 Dec-1 Feb 2024 by members of The Royal Watercolour Society Open daily during exhibitions: 11am-6pm.
RADIANCE at Sladers Yard
Alex Lowery Louise Balaam NEAC RWA Martyn Brewster ARE
Vanessa Gardiner Julian Bailey NEAC Frances Hatch ARWS
Furniture by Petter Southall
ceramics, textiles, books, prints and gifts…
Saturday 18 November – 20 January 2024
gallery open Wednesday-Saturdays 10- 4.30. West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL
HATCH GALLERY: Christchurch, Dorset. BEST OF DORSET: 13th October – 21st November.
Ursula Leach RE, Joyce Ringrose, Pete Gilbert, Boo Mallinson, Stephen Foster, Frances Hatch ARWS and Martyn Brewster ARE
available from studio
available from studio
for Frances Hatch
She is open to the open air –
a painter kneeling
on bonfire-blackened shingle
mixed with debris the sea has tossed up.
Rain won’t deter her.
Quite the contrary:
it too will be something to hand,
softening surfaces, seeping in.
She works with stuff
that is all a meeting and a mixing:
greensand, gault, lias
this present moment
with geological ages
on the Jurassic coast.
Paint encounters earth
fallen from cliffs,
plant life, flotsam, all
the material makings of place.
As she anchors her canvas
with a rock and light flashes
where the cliff torn with a fall
catches the sun, I want to tell her
what her art means to me.
I could put it simply
and it would be true.
What she brings me into,
quickened with imagination,
is the living world.
But is that enough?
We need words that glow with inner light:
Words that come with a touch
of life that makes them what they are –
life of flesh and spirit,
and not with colour daubed on,
but with the inner glow
that is energy,
the vibrant flower
and the mud it grows in.
What she reveals,
what I seek to speak of,
is place renewed,
broken shore and wave breaking
here, at this moment, all the instability
of the land we live on and love.
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YOUTUBE CHANNEL has recording of recent artist talk at Sladers Yard.