Impressions on Paper
David Brayne RWS, Peter Brown NEAC RP ROI, Hugh Buchanan,
Lydia Corbett, Jeremy Gardiner, Steven Hubbard, Neil Murison RWA, Keith Varney
2 – 26 February 2018
Now an annual tradition, the gallery presents an exhibition devoted to works of art on paper through watercolour, drawing, etching and linocut prints.
The show incorporates paintings
created with pure paint from raw pigment and gum Arabic by David Brayne RWS, who has completed a series continuing themes of figures in land and water-scapes as well as in
interiors; paintings of architectural manuscripts and stately interiors by Hugh Buchanan, one
of Britain’s finest contemporary watercolourists; charcoal drawings by Peter Brown NEAC RP ROI; watercolour with pen and ink by Lydia Corbett; Jeremy Gardiner has
developed a series exploring the West Country through layered acrylic, pigment and jesmonite on handmade paper; linocut prints by Steven Hubbard focusing on nostalgic household
objects; acrylics and collage by Neil Murison RWA.
Coinciding with this exhibition the gallery will also be showing the geometric white porcelain ceramics by Keith Varney.
David Brayne RWS was born in 1954, studied painting at Nottingham and Gloucestershire Colleges of Art and philosophy at Exeter University. Elected as a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2001, he has exhibited widely and been awarded a number of prizes including the Discerning Eye Benton Prize 2011, the Chairman’s prize 2013 and first prize in the 2004 NOA (National Open Art). David was awarded the Turner Medal in 2015.
Peter Brown NEAC RP ROI from 1985-91 Peter studied at Bath College of Higher Education and gained a BA Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic. In 1998 he was elected into NEAC and his first solo show at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath was held in 2000. He has been represented by Messum’s, London since 2004. Brown has now held 12 solo exhibitions at Messum’s, London and 8 solo exhibitions at Victoria Gallery, Bath. He has been selected for ‘Critic’s Choice’, New English Art Club in 2009/11/12/13, and other awards including Prince of Wales’ Award for Portrait Drawing 2008, Hunting Art Prize; The Arts Club Award 2005.
Jeremy Gardiner is a graduate of Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art. He exhibits regularly in London and his paintings have been exhibited in Europe, the USA, South America, Japan, Australia and China. He has won numerous awards throughout his career including a Churchill Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Harkness Fellowship. Gardiner’s paintings are represented in public and corporate collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Government Art Collection, BNP Paribas, Pincent Masons and Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi. In 2013 Gardiner was awarded the prestigious Discerning Eye ING Art prize.
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 regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Show 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.
Howard Jeffs, a Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers has recently 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.
Lydia Corbett, born in Paris, 1934 was famously introduced to Pablo Picasso in the 1950s. Lydia became the subject of large and important body of his work, including more than sixty paintings, drawings and sculptures. Corbett has been painting full-time over the past forty years and will have her second solo exhibition at David Simon Contemporary in 2018. A new hardback biography about this artist written by Isabel Coulton and published in 2016 is available from the gallery.
Hugh Buchanan studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has been commissioned to paint interiors by the Prince of Wales at Balmoral and Highgrove; The House of Commons and the National Trust. His paintings are also in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Edinburgh City Art Centre, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the Bank of Scotland, Flemings Bank, Deutsche Bank, the National Trust for Scotland and the English National Trust. In 2002 he was commissioned by the House of Lords to paint the lying in state of the Queen Mother at the Palace of Westminster. In 2005 his paintings featured in Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, at the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh and Queen's Gallery, London.