Ben Lowe & Myles Oxenford: A New Horizon

5 – 30 July 2018 

 

For this exhibition of new work by two painters showing together for the first time, we are treated to a strong and varied range of both landscape and still-life compositions in oils. The paintings of Ben Lowe are powerful, lively and full of depth as he captures atmosphere and emotion through painting landscape and still-life themes with an abstract approach. His compositions very often use gestural shapes and mark-making to create ideas of depth and space in a very satisfying way.

 

Myles Oxenford, a graduate of Falmouth College of Art, has a very distinctive style, which includes a range of paintings based on the rugged coastline and coves of Cornwall, where he now lives. "These are escapist paintings in many ways”, he explains, “They are not about the geography of the place but more about the atmosphere and emotional response”. Interspersed with this body of work are still-life compositions, which again make the best use of his semi-figurative approach. “Playing with the compositions and light, making many layers to the painting, I hope to create something beyond a straightforward representation, that for me - is a true capturing.”

 

The combination of these two painter’s different approaches creates an exhibition that carries the viewer through a visual journey of energetic dynamism, balanced with a calming tranquillity that can be enjoyed over the two floors of the gallery.

 

Act 6: The Watchtower
Ben Lowe
mixed media on canvas 
2018

81 x 81cm

 

 

 

Act 12: Winter Just Gone
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on panel 
2018

46 x 60cm

 

Act 10: Summer Burren
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018

81 x 81cm

 

 

 

David Austin Roses and Ranunculus 
Myles Oxenford      
oil on canvas, 2018
70 x 80cm 
 

 

 

Narcissus Sentinel
Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018
30 x 40cm
 

 

 

Dahlias and Eucalyptus

Myles Oxenford

oil on board, 2017
40 x 50cm

Act 11: Winter Burren
Ben Lowe
mixed media on canvas 
2018
​90 x 60cm

 

 

Act 8: Lonely Boats

Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018
​90x60 cm

 

 

Act 9: Congregation Leaving
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on panel
2018
​90 x 61cm

 

 

 

Mousehole Harbour 
Myles Oxenford

oil on board

49 x 40cm
 

 

 

Man's Head, Towards
St Ives 
Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018
52 x 29cm

 

 
 

 

Boobys Bay - South
Myles Oxenford   
oil on board
30 x 40cm
 

 

 

Act 3: The Beach
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018
120 x 100cm

 

 

Act 7: Natives
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018
​95 x 69cm

 

 

 

Wilkkommen II
Ben Lowe
oil on canvas 
2014
​68 x 62cm

 

 

 

Smeatons Pier St Ives

Myles Oxenford    
oil on canvas
70 x 80cm

 

 

Porthmeor
Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018
120 x 30cm
 

 

 

Dwyryd Estuary, Portmerion, Wales 

Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018
30 x 40cm
 

 

 

 

Cold Coast
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018
​​50 x 85cm

 

 

 

 

Dunes
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on panel
2017
61 x 122cm

 

 

 

Returning Surfers
Ben Lowe
​mixed media on canvas 
2018
50 x 85cm

 

 

 

Sennen 
Myles Oxenford    
oil on board, 2018
60 x 50 cm

 

 

 

Aberdovey Estuary, Gwynedd, Wales
Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018
30 x 40cm

 

 

 

Godrevy 
Myles Oxenford
oil on board, 2018    
60 x 50cm

 

 

 

Island Life

Ben Lowe

oil on canvas, 2017

75 x 75cm

 

 

Final Cut

Ben Lowe

oil on canvas, 2017

96 x 86cm

 

 

Church Cove - Gunwalloe

Myles Oxenford

oil on canvas
80 x 60cm


 

Ben Lowe, born 1976, 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. Represented by David Simon Contemporary since 2014, Ben has regular exhibitions in Bath and London.

 

Myles Oxenford was born in 1977 in Plymouth and grew up in Scotland. He has a BA in Art from Falmouth College Of Art and has lived in Cornwall for over 15 years. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the U.K since 2000. Myles lives and works in rural Cornwall where he explores the landscape and waterscapes of his surrounding environment. Represented by David Simon Gallery since 2015, Myles' paintings are shown regularly at the gallery, and his work is also exhibited in Cornwall and London.

 

 

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