Sea Fever:

4 May – 4 June 2018
 

Julian Bailey, John Croft CBE, Myles Oxenford, Neil Pinkett and Mike Service

 

 

The title of this group exhibition of paintings is taken from the poem by John Masefield, an expression of one’s essential need for the ocean. In a diverse range of approaches, five painters show their different responses to the subject of the sea.

 

Bringing a vibrancy of colour and vitality of brushstroke, Julian Bailey enjoys the placing of brightly coloured hulls of ships and trawlers against blue seas and harbours. Regularly shown at the RA Summer show, Bailey trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools and his work is in Royal collections as well as many corporate and private ones. John Croft’s work at first may appear abstract, but forms of sea and sky and headland can be found. Using a bright palette, he is much influenced  by abstract expressionists. Neil Pinkett returns with powerful and enigmatic paintings of the Cornish coast, capturing both the light and the raw qualities of this environment. With a strong, stylised approach, Myles Oxenford, who trained at Falmouth College of Art, concentrates on his series abstracting the Cornish coast. Mike Service has created a strong series of studies of small sailing boats on the water and by the harbourside, painted in oils with palette-knife.

 

Flotilla in the Harbour, Kefalonia 
Julian Bailey  

oil on canvas
38 x 41cm

 

 

Red Dinghies, Fowey
Julian Bailey  

oil on canvas
38 x 41cm

 

 

Estuary Sailing, South Coast
Julian Bailey  

oil on canvas
38 x 41cm

 

 

Coastal Voyage

Julian Bailey

oil on canvas

56 x 61cm

 

 

Girl Looking Out to Sea
Julian Bailey
gouache on paper
18 x 20cm

 

 

Corfiot Coast Near Agne
Julian Bailey
gouache on paper
13 x 18cm

 

 

Sailing Kefalonia
Julian Bailey
gouache on paper
20 x 25cm

 

 

 

Headland
December 2017

John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

30 x 40cm

 

 

Grey Sky, Grey Sea
August 2017

John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

43 x 53cm

 

Across the Bay
December 2017

John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

30 x 40cm

 

 

Nare Head

John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

50 x 60cm

 

Distant Headland
John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

30 x 30cm

 

Peninsula
September 2016

John Croft CBE

oil on canvas

40 x 40cm

 

Bamaluz Beach, St Ives

Myles Oxenford
oil on board

25 x 60cm


 

Tregirls Beach

Myles Oxenford
oil on board

30 x 40cm

 

 

 

Prussia Cove

Myles Oxenford
oil on board

30 x 30cm

 

Evening Light, Porthmeor, St Ives

Myles Oxenford
oil on board

28 x 30cm

 

Porthmeor

Myles Oxenford
oil on canvas

70 x 70cm

 

 

Gurnard's Head, Penwith

Myles Oxenford
oil on canvas

70 x 80cm

 

Kynance Cove Shoreline

Myles Oxenford
oil on board

48 x 55cm

 

Red Sails, Anglesey

Mike Service

oil on canvas

19 x 24cm

 

Clouds Over Blakeney

Mike Service

oil on canvas

60 x 60cm

 

Porth Diana, Anglesey

Mike Service

oil on board

20 x 23cm

 

The Boatyard

Mike Service

oil on panel

45 x 54cm

 

 

Ready About!

Mike Service

oil on panel

20 x 23cm

 

 

Maldon Harbour            

Mike Service

oil on panel

35 x 46 cm

 

Newquay
Mike Service
oil on panel
51 x 44cm
 

 

 

 

Llandwyn Study I   Anglesey
Mike Service
oil on canvas
81 x 117cm

 

 

Llandwyn Study II  Anglesey

Mike Service
oil on canvas
81 x 117cm

 

Low Sun and Dark Cliffs

Neil Pinkett

oil on canvas

72 x 92cm

 

 

Bright Light, Crashing Waves

Neil Pinkett
oil on canvas

50 x 77cm

 

Sun and Crashing Waves

Neil Pinkett

oil on panel

59 x 74cm

 

Polruan

Neil Pinkett
oil on panel

35 x 60cm

 

Cloud and Sun

Neil Pinkett

oil on panel

28 x 41cm 

 

High Cliffs, North Coast

Neil Pinkett

oil on panel

60 x 77cm 

 

 

Fishing Huts

Neil Pinkett

oil on panel

30 x 44cm 

 

 

Julian Bailey, trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools. He has received a number of awards including the Turner Gold Medal (1986), Landseer Scholarship (1999), Hunting Art Prize finalist (2004), David Messum Prize (2011) and he became an elected member of the New English Art Club in 2011. His works are in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, The National Trust, New College Oxford, Pembroke College Oxford, Daiwa Bank, among many other corporate and private collections. Julian Bailey regularly shows his work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as holding solo exhibitions in London, Australia and the United States of America.

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 Home Office and Foreign Office before focusing on painting. He has exhibited in France, London, Suffolk and Bath. In 1967 he was one of 15 painters featured in the ‘Survey ‘67’ exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, which included Basil Beattie RA and Jennifer Durrant RA. John Croft’s 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.

 

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 as well as still lifes. He also returns frequently to paint in Scotland, Wales and the Alps.

 

Neil Pinkett, born in St Just-in-Penwith in 1958, spent his childhood in West Cornwall. After a successful career as an illustrator spanning twenty years, Neil dedicated himself to painting full-time in the mid-1990s. An acclaimed solo-show followed almost immediately and since that point Neil has built a reputation as one of the foremost landscape painters in the county. Today Neil splits his time between Bath and Cornwall, spending the summer months living in his studio in Marazion, overlooking St Michael's Mount. Neil's work has been shown and is collected throughout the UK. He has also undertaken painting tours and one-man shows across America. Solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary, Bath, 2017. Next solo exhibition 2019.

 

Mike Service trained in Fine Art at Bath Spa University after taking early retirement from his first career. Over the past few years Mike Service has exhibited his paintings widely in the UK including in Bath London and at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. He has also undertaken a number of private commissioned works. Painting in oils with palette knife and brush, there is a spontaneity and speed to his work, which creates a lively and active composition with a carefully considered, limited colour palette. Taking inspiration from Nicolas de Stael, Service has an adept talent with his palette knife and it is his clever approach to semi-figurative painting that keeps his paintings always full of constant interest to the viewer. First solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary 2019.

 

 

 

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