True to Form

15 November - 5 December

This exhibition features three painters, Julia Cooper, Ben Lowe & Diana Matthews FRSA, who enjoy exploring the finest line between the figurative and the abstract, pulling forms out of abstraction.  The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of stoneware ceramics by  Christine Feiler.

 

Julia Cooper

Bitter Lemon

mixed media on canvas

61 x 71cm

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Coriander

mixed on canvas

78 x 98cm

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Juniper

mixed media on board

45 x 56cm

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Julia Cooper is based on the south coast of Cornwall, her studio overlooking a busy harbour. This latest series of paintings concentrates on kitchen still-lifes painted in oil. Surfaces are washed with colour then scored, scraped back or obliterated to create an interesting narrative which allows her to explore colour and rhythm. Whether abstract or figurative the image is discovered through this process. 

 

Julia Cooper trained in Fine Art as well as Interior Design and has exhibited her work widely in the United Kingdom. She has recently been working on a large project with the National Trust in creating paintings for their holiday cottage refurbishments.

 

Ben Lowe

Two Landscapes I

oil on panel

80 x 95cm

 

 

Two Landscapes II

oil on panel

70 x 100cm

 

 

Count Them In

oil on canvas

100 x 100cm

Wilkkommen

oil on panel

68 x 62cm

 

Ben Lowe’s work uses layers of abstract forms to capture atmosphere and emotion through landscape painting.  One of six finalists in BBC2’s ‘School of Saatchi’ – a significant achievement considering that he his largely self-taught, but yet he has developed a unique and powerful style. 

 

Diana Matthews FRSA

 

Transient Still Life IV

oil on panel

45 x 55cm

 

 

Symmetry in Space VII

oil on panel

29 x 25cm

 

 

Transient Still Life III

oil on panel

34 x 45cm

 

 

Diana Matthews trained at Bath Academy of Art under William Scott, Antony Fry, Gillian Ayres and Peter Lanyon. She then went on to teach fine art at various institutions and now paints full-time and exhibits her work regularly in London.

 

Jane Wheeler

Spring Rain Bottle (3)

30 x 23cm

 

 

Tall Frozen Snow Flagon (1)

51 x 22cm

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Spring Rain Bottle (6)

26 x 19cm

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Jane Wheeler was born and raised in Norfolk. Following studies in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.

 

For Jane, the vessel is a space-containing hollow form that offers the richest language for working in clay. Its conceptual simplicity allows readings which allude to our most distant cultural pasts, and to the state of being human. Its limitations are those for which the potter's tools and equipment are designed; it is a familiar scenario within which to work. Thus, it becomes necessary for Jane Wheeler to make working and the work uncomfortable in some way, to push the boundaries in order to attempt discovery of new or hidden qualities of this profoundly significant, yet ordinary object.

 

Julia Cooper

Manzanilla

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

 

Fragata

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

 

Apertif

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

 

Picholine

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

Sage

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

Cinnamon

mixed media on board

38 x 49cm

 

Hazelnut

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

Bollinger

mixed media on board

38 x 48cm

 

Vanilla

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

Walnut

mixed media on board

22 x 28cm

 

Diana Matthews FRSA

Jug and Dishes

oil on canvas

39 x 28cm

 

 

 

Brown Bottle

oil on board

45 x 55cm

Intermezzo

oil on board

33 x 24cm

 

Jug and Plate

oil on board

45 x 34cm

 

Bottles and Compote

oil on board

25 x 35cm

 

Jane Wheeler

Spring Rain Oak Leaf Bottle (8)

20 x 16cm

 

Large Black Ice Flagon (2)

53 x 38cm

 

Spring Rain Bottle Oak Stem and Acorns (9)

16 x 12cm

 

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