Mike Service: Still Lifes & the Caribbean

15 June - 9 July

 

Returning from a trip to the Grenadines this spring, Mike Service has developed his en plein-air sketches into fuller paintings. The obvious attractions of sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and verdant hills are not this painter’s primary concern, but more the old fishermans’ houses and huts which are full of a raw beauty, with Caribbean colour and history. The abundant material for exciting compositions provided, for Mike Service, a new platform to explore his practice and to interpret this environment with a fresh approach, through oils applied with brush and palette knife.

Walking into this exhibition the energetic and vigourous paintings of the Caribbean are balanced by the calm of his latest still life compositions. Single rose stems sit in simple glass tumblers and the ordinary dandelion, plucked from the edge of the footpath has a renewed beauty in a whiskey tumbler. These studies show a different sense of observation and demonstrate the full skills of this painter.

 

Fisherman's House,
Port Elizabeth, Bequia

oil on canvas, 2019
36 x 36cm
 

 

 

Houses and Boats, Barbados
oil on canvas, 2019
35 x 36cm

 

Paget Beach, Bequia
oil on canvas, 2019
31 x 31cm

 

Wash Day, Granada
oil on canvas, 2019
41 x 41cm

 

Boatyard, Bequia
oil on canvas, 2019
50 x 66cm

 

 

Mama's Shop,

Hamilton, Bequia
oil on canvas, 2019
51 x 66cm

 

 

Dandelions in a
Glass Bowl

oil on canvas, 2019
66.5 x 66.5cm

 

Dandelions in my Whisky Glass

oil on canvas, 2019
30 x 38cm

 

Dandelions

oil on canvas, 2019
82 x 81cm

 

 

Anemones in a Jam Jar
oil on canvas, 2019
30 x 25cm

 

Roses in a Jam Jar
oil on board, 2019
25 x 20cm

 

 

Red Roses in a Jam Jar
oil on board, 2019
25 x 25cm

 

Papa's Banana Patch, Hamilton, Bequia
oil on canvas, 2019
51 x 66cm

 

 

Papas, Port Elizabeth, Bequia
oil on canvas

51 x 81.5cm

 

 

Whale Island, Bequia
oil on canvas

51 x 81.5cm

 

High Street Port Elizabeth, Bequia
oil on canvas, 2019
66 x 81cm

 

 

Sea Grape Tree,

Grand Anse, Granada
oil on canvas

66.5 x 82cm

 

Beside the Sea, Caribbean
oil on canvas, 2019
121 x 150cm

 

Ankle Deep,

Miami Beach, Barbados
oil on canvas

67 x 81.5cm

 

Rhododendrons in a Water Jug
oil on canvas

51 x 51cm

 

Roses in a Jam Jar II
oil on canvas

36 x 30cm

 

 

Fishermen's Cottages, Salema
oil on canvas

25 x 30cm

 

Newquay Harbour

oil on canvas, 2016 - 2019

52 x 45cm 

 

    

Lucca
watercolour on paper
2019

26 x 18cm

 

Joe's Pizza, New York
watercolour on paper
2019

20 x 15cm

 

Pink Socks
watercolour on paper
2019

21 x 17cm

 

The Oriel, Sloane Square
watercolour on paper
2019

28 x 21cm

 

 

Reflections, Paris
watercolour on paper
2019

22 x 22cm

 

Reflections, Paris II
watercolour on paper
2019

18 x 16cm

 

 

Vaison La Romaine
watercolour on paper, 2019
21 x 32cm
 

 

Two Arrangements of Anemones
oil on panel
25 x 36cm

 

 

Anemones
oil on panel
25 x 20cm

 

 

Cosmos
oil on panel
30 x 36cm

 

Kites Over Ile De Ré

oil on canvas, 2016 - 2019

80 x 80cm  

   

Mike Service trained in Fine Art at Bath Spa University after taking early retirement and has exhibited his paintings widely in the UK including in Bath, London and at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Represented by David Simon Contemporary since 2014, first solo exhibition 2019.
 

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