Impressions On Paper
Lydia Corbett; Isabel Coulton; George Dannatt; Raoul Dufy; Gareth Edwards RWA;
Sir Antony Gormley RA; Maynard Hales; Rose Hilton; Sir Howard Hodgkin RA;
Steven Hubbard, Howard Jeffs RE and Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA
1 – 28 February 2021
This is the gallery's seventh annual exhibition dedicated entirely to works of art on paper through watercolour, drawing, etching, engraving, woodcut and linocut prints. The show incorporates paintings in watercolour with pen and ink by Lydia Corbett; loose ink drawings by Isabel Coulton; abstract etchings by George Dannatt; etchings by Raoul Dufy; landscape-based paintigs in oil on paper by Gareth Edwards, woodblock prints by Sir Antony Gormley RA; figurative engravings by Maynard Hales, a lithograph by Sir Howard Hodgkin RA; characteristic still life and interiors by Steven Hubbard; colourful abstract compositions in etched linoprints by Howard Jeffs RE and rare early etchings by Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA
The White Tulips with Figures
watercolour and ink
40 x 50cm
Lydia Corbett, born in Paris, 1934, moved to England in 1968 where she pursued her painting career, presenting twelve solo exhibitions in London. In 1991 she exhibited in Japan, and in the United States of America in 2004. In 2014 an exhibition of her watercolours were shown at Theater Bremen, concurrently with a major exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso, for whom she modelled for in the 1950s, held at the Kunsthalle Bremen. The Museum published a book, 'Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette', cataloguing all of the many works that he created of her. These two exhibitions were the subject of a film produced by ARTE broadcast in England and Germany. Exhibitions with David Simon Contemporary 2016 and 2019. Next solo exhibition at our gallery in May 2021, 'Picasso & Sylvette', featuring original works by both of these artists.
Isabel Coulton, born Paris, grew up in an artistic and bohemian household; her mother Lydia Corbett, is an artist also represented by David Simon Contemporary. She studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School, affiliated to the Royal Academy, in the 1980’s and was awarded a tuition bursary grant. A full-time artist, she works in a wide variety of mediums and techniques, including wood carving, painting, drawing and ceramics and a prominent focus of her practice concentrates on life drawing. She currently teaches fine art at Dartington Hall, Devon and in Provence, France. She has also taught at the British Museum and received numerous commissions for private and public sculptures.
George Dannatt (1915 - 2009) had a successful painting career, exhibiting with important Mayfair galleries. His work has been exhibited across Cornwall and London as well as Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States of America and his work can be found in the permanent collections of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Bournemouth University, Southampton City Art Gallery, and Royal Air Force, as well as other important public collections.
George Dannatt was closely associated with Patrick Heron, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Terry Frost, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Adrian Heath and John Wells. Dannatt was a connoisseur-turned-painter, with an extensive and impressive collection of works by the St Ives Group. In his later years he donated a considerable part of his collection to Pallant House Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Bournemouth University.
Raoul Dufy, born 1877 in Le Havre, is best remembered as a devoted follower of Fauvism,and he worked in oil, as well as etching, ceramics, murals and tapestry design. Dufy’s trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris; he subsequently received a scholarship to study full-time at the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts.
Although Fauvism as a movement was very loosely affiliated, and relatively short lived, Dufy’s paintings were consistently well received throughout his entire career. His installation at the 26th Venice Biennale in 1952 garnered him the International Grand Prize for Painting. In 1953, only one year after his success at the Biennale, Dufy died in France. His paintings have been collected by numerous collections internationally, illustrating their aesthetic appeal but also their art historical significance; his work is currently held by Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee D’Orsay, Paris; the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Tate Galleries, UK and many others.
Gareth Edwards' work has slowly evolved in recent years from abstraction toward a more specifically landscape based approach, lagely inspired by the Cornish coast. The paintings remain open and free with abstracted elements but are now more spatial, more elemental and evoke emotional weathers and poetic atmospheres as much as topological features. Selected as Winner of the 'David Simon Contemporary Prize" at the Royal West of England Academy, 2016, he had a solo exhibition with the gallery in 2017.
Sir Antony Gormley RA, born in London in 1950, is internationally acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. Gormley continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming in which new behaviors, thoughts and feelings can arise.
Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio di Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London, England (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). He has participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986) and Documenta 8 (1987). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands) and Chord (MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA).
Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003.
Maynard Hales is a contemporary printmaker, sculptor and painter who, in earlier years had a facsinating and successful career as a graphc artist, working on British publications including the Rolling Stone Magazine and for television companies, including Channel Four. He has been a full time printmaker and artist for some thirty years working at his studios in England and in New Zealand. His latest collection shown in this exhibition is called the 'Zoology Suite' created through the method of engraving onto handmade 300gsm cold-pressed paper and finished with title, monogram and edition number applied on his letterpress printing machine. Maynard Hales' work is included in the permanant collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Church of England commission and IBM.
HOWARD HODGKIN RA (1932 - 2017)
lithograph with hand colouring, edition 5/50
38.3 x 50.3cm
signed and dated
Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932 - 2017) was one of Britain's most important painters and printmakers. Born
in London, he studied at the Camberwell School of Art between 1949 - 50, followed by the Bath Academy of Art between 1950 - 1954. Though his works often appear spontaneous,
they are often the result of an extensive process of layering and over-painting. Hodgkin first began making original prints in the 1950s. In his later years he favoured the use of etching,
aquatint and carborundum combined with hand-painting.
With major exhibitions world-wide, his first retrospective was curated by Nicholas Serota at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, in 1976. In 1995 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, presented a major retrospective which toured to Europe and in 2010 they presented a dedicated prints retrospective. In 2006 a major touring exhibition travelled from Tate, London to Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Reina Sofia, Madrid.
Hodgkin’s most recent exhibitions include Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (2017); Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire (2017), National Portrait Gallery, London (2017), Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai (2015) and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2015).
In 1985 Hodgkin won the Turner Prize and represented Britain in the Venice Biennale. He has served as a trustee of the Tate, London and the National Gallery, London and was knighted in 1992. He was awarded the Shakespeare Prize in Hamburg in 1997, and made a Companion of Honour in 2002.
His paintings and prints are held by most major museums including Tate, London; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, Denmark.
Steven Hubbard, born in London in 1954 studied fine art at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design. He has taught fine art for over 30 years and has held regular one-man exhibitions in London. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show for the past nine years in a row and the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Hubbard has three different practices – linocut printmaking, painting and marquetry-based constructions.
ROSE HILTON (1931 - 2019)
17 x 11.5cm
Rose Hilton (1931 – 2019) was a British painter living in Cornwall. Born in Kent, in 1931, she attended the Royal College of Art in London, winning the Life Drawing and Painting prize as well as the Abbey Minor Scholarship to Rome. Upon her return to London, she began teaching art, and, in the late 1950s met her future husband, the leading abstract artist Roger Hilton. In 1977 she had her first solo show at Newlyn Art Gallery, and her post-impressionist, figurative paintings have achieved wide popularity. Her work is often compared to that of the French Nabi painter, Pierre Bonnard and is influenced by that of Henri Mattisse. In 2008, a retrospective of Rose Hilton's work was held at Tate St Ives.
French Tree in Blue
HOWARD JEFFS RE
etched lino print
19 x 29cm
Howard Jeffs RE, a Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers has shown work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and the Bankside Gallery in London. Trained at Chelsea School of Art during the 1960’s, Jeffs taught printmaking in The Department of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London from 1972 to 2003 and completed an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts in the 1990s. An elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers he regularly exhibits work at the Bankside Gallery, London. He exhibited landscape photography at the Photographers Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery in the early 1970s. Well-established nationally as a printmaker, he works at his studios in Bath and in France.
Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA is an award-winning sculptor and a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She trained at the Slade, London and the Academy of Fine Arts , Florence and has undertaken commissions across the UK, Europe and the USA. Her work, mostly in bronze, can be found in the collections of The Arts Council of Great Britain, Barclays Bank and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery among many other public and private collections. Her work has been shown at David Simon Contemporary over the last seven years, with her first solo show in 2019. It is rare to find etchings and drawings by this artist, as she three-dimensional sculpture has been her focus for many years. We have a substantial collection of her works on paper from the 1950s and 60s, as well as bronze sculpture across six decades.