Five respected artists exhibit at New Craftsman gallery
AS PART of the St Ives September Festival, New Craftsman presents an exhibition by five of the UK's most respected artists.
The sculptural work of Terence Coventry is rooted in a strong figurative tradition, and his distinctive works explore a fundamental relationship with his environment and the familiar forms of his life on the rural Lizard Peninsula.
His powerful and often huge scale, faceted sculptures of human figures, couples, horses, goats, dogs, boar and cattle are constructed variously in steel, Cor-ten steel and bronze (one of his bulls is pictured), and are accompanied in this exhibition by a collection of Coventry's exquisitely rendered drawings. Regarded as one of the country's foremost contemporary sculptors, Coventry exhibits regularly at Gallery Pangolin, London and as far away as New York.
The paintings of Lizard-based painter Jeremy Annear reflect the artist's early exposure to St Ives abstraction and the profound influence of European Modernists such as Braque, Miró, Picasso and Gris.
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The shimmering, amorphous works of oil painter Judy Buxton have an ethereal quality. Her paintings of still life, landscapes and her beloved horses are created alla prima, or wet on wet, and her energetic brushwork and atmospheric colours faithfully translate the fluidity of weather, light, and animal movement.
Respected performance, installation and mixed media artist Elspeth Owen's ceramics are created using the very simplest methods, either pinched and hollowed from a ball of clay or rolled out and then shaped and curved. Decorated with layers of coloured slip, the surfaces are burnished, fired and finally lightly polished with beeswax. Her work is held in public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Guy Royle is renowned for his bold contemporary jewellery. Working with beaten and etched silver and 18ct yellow gold set with found pebbles and semi-precious stones which he grinds and shapes into beads, his work is exquisitely crafted and reminiscent of the primitive adornments of ancient man.
Blurring the boundaries of jewellery and art, Royle's distinctive brooches can be as composed as paintings, his bangles and necklaces as elegant and substantial as sculpture.
This exhibition will be on show throughout the St Ives Festival and continuing to October 12, and will include a number of talks and events including a short performance by actor and artist Dudley Sutton, who will recite his poem The 9 Lives Of An Unsentimental Tomcat In St Ives, illustrated by a limited edition collection of 16 linocuts which will be on show and for sale at the gallery. His 'show' takes place on Thursday, September 19, at 2.30pm and Tuesday, September 24, at 2.30pm. For further information see www.newcraftsmanstives.com