|From||08 June 2019|
|To||01 September 2019|
After over ten years and more than one hundred exhibitions ‘Summer Escape’ will show work from Lombard Street Gallery’s most collected artists. We are delighted to invite you to join us in this celebration of Summer and the freedom that light and line bring to both artists and the audience who enjoy their work.
‘Summer Escape’ will be showing from Saturday 8th June – Sunday 1st September and will exhibit work from Greg Bottle, Hugh Ribbans, Ruth McDonald, Claire Gill, Graham Ward, Dawn Cole, Anthony Giles, Michael Blaker, Max Angus and Nick Kelly.
Anthony Giles is a landscape painter whose work is often started ‘plein air’. Even the larger canvasses are often started on a windy beach or marsh in Kent. Often the pieces are ‘worked up’ over several months back in his studio, where he translates the outdoor colour, shadow and light into a finished piece.
Claire has always used photography as a way of exploring the world and researching creative projects and is now using it as a more central tool in the development of her work. Claire uses the computer to digitally juxtapose and combine the images she takes with one another to create photomontages.
Greg Bottle has been taking photos since he was a child after his grandfather gave him his rangefinder camera. He first got serious about photography in 1984 when he took up scuba diving as he wanted to show others what he’d seen whilst diving. Photography is a way of life for Greg and he says “I can’t imagine life without it”.
Hugh Ribbans trained at Canterbury College of Art. Relief printmaking was his craft subject at college, particularly lino-cutting, and in 1989 he purchased a restored Columbian press, c.1860. He produces linocuts and woodcuts, sometimes mixing heavily grained wood – often driftwood – and lino in his prints.
An abiding influence on Graham’s work has been the ancient Spanish School of painters, and his use of tempera and gold leaf in many of his works reflects an interest in the sacred aspects of representational subject-matter. Working largely on board, his use of modern acrylics work suitably with the methods of the 12th and 13th century painters of the Romanesque, where tempera painting was popular. His subjects continue to be animals and child-like figures; many of his paintings concentrate on the individual in an invented landscape, often populated by child-kings and Holy fools.
Dawn Cole has a fascination with archives and uses her own family archives as a starting point. Her work is the result of extensive research and experimentation. Dawn Cole is an award winning artist and independent curator who works from her studio in Birchington, Kent. Winning the prestigious V&A prize at the International Print Biennale, she went on to be short-listed for the Arts Foundation Award in 2013. Her work has been acquired by the V&A for their permanent collection. Cole works in a variety of media, often focusing on printmaking and pattern.
Michael Blaker was a writer and artist specialising in etching. He was for ten years editor/designer of the Printmakers Journal, the annual magazine of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, of which he is a Senior Fellow (RE). He has contributed many articles to Printmaking Today, of which he was an Editorial Consultant. He has also written extensively for the Artist Magazine, Leisure Painter and Pictures and Prints.
Combining a love of travel and painting, Nick Kelly has always carried a small watercolour kit on tour so that as the chance presented itself he could sit and take in the beauty of a certain scene or magic moment, create a quick sketch and with a few brush strokes bring a small piece of cartridge paper to life with some fluid pastel colours. The fascination of the translucence of watercolour has urged Nick to capture a particular light or shadow using the medium.
The work of artist printmaker Ruth McDonald reflects her interest in her local woodland landscape and the sea when illuminated by failing light and the moon to expose the traces left by past inhabitants. Preferred sites are constantly revisited, re-worked and re-ordered with her explorations investigating beyond the evident as she seeks to reveal images as ciphers and signs of the unknown.