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.
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.