John Croft CBE - Howard Jeffs RE - Edward Willis
Abstraction & Colour
2 June - 1 July

 

The geometric paintings in oil on canvas by John Croft can be enjoyed equally for their pure abstract qualities as for their vibrant interpretations of landscapes or seascapes. The latest linocut prints of Howard Jeffs are based on his fascination with the circle as a fixed and powerful shape. Within this shape he has created organic forms with a palette of colours which, although abstract, might also be found in the natural world.

Accompanying this exhibition is a collection of three-dimensional sculptures by Edward Willis. Elegant forms with sometimes bold colour, each piece is a study of ‘dynamic equilibrium’, carefully constructed from many parts.

 

January 1985
John Croft

oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

 

 

July 2002
John Croft

oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

 

 

August 2016
John Croft

oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

 

 

 

Eye of the Circle

Howard Jeffs

linocut, Artist’s Proof

40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

Fragmented Form

Howard Jeffs

monotype, unique print

40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

Autumn Leaves
Howard Jeffs

monotype, unique print

63 x 45cm

 

 

August 2004

John Croft
oil on canvas
39 x 50cm
 

 

 

September 2008

John Croft
oil on canvas
80 x 90cm
 

 

 

March 2007

John Croft
oil on canvas
40 x 50cm

 

 

Radial Blue Circle

Howard Jeffs

etched lino print, ed 5
119 x 84cm

 

 

Kinetic Study 19
Edward Willis
aluminium & resin, ed 9
65 x 50cm
 

 

 

Grey & Black Circle

Howard Jeffs

etched lino print, ed 5
119 x 84cm

 

Hot Flames

Howard Jeffs
monotype, unique print
65 x 45cm
 

 

 

Hot Blast

Howard Jeffs
monotype, unique print
40.5 x 31.5cm
 

 

 

Dark Earth Circle

Howard Jeffs
monotype, unique print
65 x 45cm
 

 

 

May 2012
John Croft

oil on canvas
61 x 76cm
 

 

 

February 2009

John Croft

oil on canvas

57 x 69cm

 

 

April 2006
John Croft

oil on canvas
60 x 80cm
 

 

Kinetic Study 20 (mk 2)
Edward Willis
aluminium & resin, ed 9

65 x 45cm
 

 

 

Kinetic Study 8
Edward Willis
copper & resin, ed 9

65 x 50cm
 

 

 

Kinetic Study 17
Edward Willis
painted brass, aluminium and thread, ed 9

70 x 40cm
 

 

 

June 2009
John Croft
oil on canvas
51 x 58cm

 

 

November 2001
John Croft
oil on canvas
25 x 30cm

 

 

November 2013
John Croft
oil on canvas
46 x 60cm

 

 

September 2005
John Croft
oil on canvas
58 x 79cm
 

 

 

October 2005
John Croft
oil on canvas
40 x 58cm

 

 

June 2010
John Croft
oil on canvas
61 x 80cm

 

 

Motley Circle

Howard Jeffs

linocut
40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

Fine Cut Circle

Howard Jeffs

linocut
40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

Dense Circle

Howard Jeffs

linocut, ed 5
40.5 x 31.5cm

 

Brushed Green Square

Howard Jeffs

monotype, unique print
40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

Two Part Invention

Edward Willis

copper and brass, ed 20
60 x 135cm

 

 

Brushed Dark Square

Howard Jeffs

monotype, unique print
40.5 x 31.5cm

 

 

August 2016
John Croft
oil on canvas
41 x 51cm
 

 

 

August - September 2001
John Croft
oil on canvas
25 x 36cm

 

 

April 2007
John Croft
oil on canvas
40 x 60cm

 

 

Kinetic Study 26
Edward Willis

aluminium & resin, ed 9

60 x 40cm
 

 

 

 

Mayurasana
(The Peacock
)

Edward Willis

copper, brass, aluminium, resin ed 15

55 x 50cm
 

 

 

Kinetic Study 26
Edward Willis

aluminium & resin, ed 9

60 x 40cm
 

 

 

Shimmering Light Circle
Howard Jeffs
monotype
84.5 x 65cm

 

 

Blue Pods
Howard Jeffs
monotype
63 x 45cm

 

 

 

Translucent Lights
Howard Jeffs
monotype
84.5 x 65cm

 

 

 

Falling Waves

Howard Jeffs
linocut, edition of 2
40.5 x 31.5cm
 

 

 

Green Grass Circle
Howard Jeffs

monotype

65 x 45cm
 

 

 

Moving Fossil

Howard Jeffs
linocut
40.5 x 31.5cm
 

 

 

 

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John Croft, who has painted for more than seventy years, has always had an interest in abstract expressionists such as Nicholas de Stael and his own painting has become increasingly simplified in form. A postgraduate of Christ Church, Oxford, John Croft spent most of his career working for the Foreign Office before focusing on painting. He has exhibited in France, London, Suffolk and Bath and his work can be found in the collections of Oxford University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics, Manx Museum Isle of Man, Reform Club London and London Borough of Camden.

Howard Jeffs, a Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers has recently shown work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and the Bankside Gallery in London. Trained at Chelsea School of Art during the 1960’s, Jeffs taught printmaking in The Department of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London from 1972 to 2003 and completed an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts in the 1990s. An elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers he regularly exhibits work at the Bankside Gallery, London. He exhibited landscape photography at the Photographers Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery in the early 1970s. Well-established nationally as a printmaker, he works at his studios in Bath and in France.

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