10 Jun 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
Combining the gallery’s most collected artists and newcomers. From the lacquered Jesmonite forms of Harriet Ferris, based on unusual stones found on the local beach to the child-kings, magi and holy fools of Graham Ward’s tempera and gold leaf mystical landscapes.
About the artists
Many of Anthony Giles’ paintings are started ‘plein air’ and as a landscape painter he spends much of his time looking at every colour, shadow and reflection of the world around him then transferring that moment onto canvas. Working in this way the canvas holds onto the magic of the moment and that is exactly what Anthony wants from his work. The essence of the moment in nature when he’s totally absorbed in capturing the image that surrounds him.
Painter-printmaker Ruth McDonald has been inspired by frequent visits to Margate to produce a series of screenprints featuring Dreamland. Capturing the joy and excitement of the funfair, she has produced the editioned prints in colours reflecting the seaside.
Andy Tuohy creates retro inspired prints and posters of architecture and landmarks across the UK and worldwide. His signature style is infused with affection for the British seaside and in particular his home on the Kent coast and Thanet landmarks.
The work of Max Angus is inspired by the everyday surroundings, from village trees to saltmarshes. The detail is captured with a pencil or charcoal on paper and is just enough to create the outlines for linocuts on returning to the studio.
Expanding his medium from watercolour to acrylic has allowed Nick Kelly more adventure in his painitings, mixing colour as the work is created, freeing him from the restrictions of committing to a watercolour brush stroke and enabling him to create larger canvases where the feeling of space can be emphasised.
As a skilled photographer, Claire Gill brings new photomontage work to this exhibition. Explore the sense of places and spaces that surround us, combined and juxtaposed in an entirely new scene. Colour, surface and structure combine to create poetic images, where all is not as it seems.
With her jewellery background, Harriet Ferris uses the skills she has learnt to create small and collectible sculptures using found stones and pebbles as a starting point. The works are her own extension of the natural rocks, cast in Jesmonite; silver bronze, white marble or lacquered in white or orange, the pieces are mounted onto a block of oak to create an intriguing form.
An abiding influence on Graham Ward’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.
Alex Foster is an illustrator based in sunny Margate. He specalises in map illustration and works across a variety of projects from children’s work to editorial and print.
In this exhibition Michael Blaker shows a selection of work, etchings, paintings and watercolours, that at times hark back to his far-off student days, as well as recent figure subjects.
The practice of Don Eachells includes painting, printmaking and photography and his interests and engagement in the language of art are varied. Much of his work displays an emphasis on colour and form via abstraction, thereby celebrating a strong visual aesthetic.