Pastures Green: Emerging from Lockdown
A diverse exhibition of original works of art Under £600
Eileen Cooper OBE RA, Julia Cooper, Lydia Corbett, Elizabeth Frink RA,
Parastoo Ganjei, Chloe Holt RCA FRSA, Deborah Jackson, Andrew Lansley,
Mick Lindberg, Alex Lowery, Diana Matthews FRSA, Myles Oxenford,
Julian Paltenghi, Jackie Philip, David Ralph Simpson,
Mike Service, Jane Wheeler, Edward Willis
Until Saturday 18th July
ALL WORKS ARE PRICED UNDER £600 ESPECIALLY FOR THIS EXHIBITION
The Greenwood Tree, Kinetic Study 31
resin, copper and brass, 58 x 43cm, edition of 12
ALL WORKS ARE PRICED UNDER £600 ESPECIALLY FOR THIS EXHIBITION
Eileen Cooper OBE RA (born 1953) has made figurative paintings that encompass themes of fertility, sexuality, motherhood, life and death throughout her career. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and then at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, before teaching at St Martins and the Royal College of Art. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2000 and served as Keeper of the Royal Academy from 2010 – 2017, one of 4 officers selected from the 80 Academicians and the first woman to occupy this position in the RA’s history. Cooper’s work offers up a prescient and insightful magical realism evoked through bright colours and graphic outlines.
Her work can be found in the permanent collections of many national and international institutions, including The Arts Council; The British Government; The Royal Collection; British Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Royal Academy of Art; Royal College of Art; University of London; Birmingham Museum & Gallery; Manchester Gallery; Whitworth Gallery; Pallant House Gallery; Swindon Art Gallery; Cambridge University; Dallas Museum of Art USA; Yale University USA.
Julia Cooper lives and works in Cornwall with a studio which overlooking Fowey harbour. Julia’s particular interest lies in painting, creating form and space using a variety of palettes but invariably prefers what she calls ‘knocked back’, faded colour. The subjects in her still life paintings jostle amongst themselves in various bucolic arrangements of flattened perspective and simplistic narrative.
Living by the ocean also inspires abstract form in paintings reminiscent of harbour structures and coastline, again with the emphasis on softening the palette. Julia uses oil on canvas and mixed media but has also built minimalist constructions with cast off timber pieces from classic boats for example 1930s six metre racing yachts.
Julia achieved two Diplomas in both Fine Art and Interior Design and worked with The Cornwall National Trust as designer on the Trusts Holiday Cottage refurbishment team. She is married with two grown up children and having travelled across the world as an army wife is now settled in Fowey where she paints full time.
Lydia Corbett, born in Paris, 1934 was famously introduced to Pablo Picasso in the 1950s. This chance encounter was a very important moment for both Picasso and for Lydia, or Sylvette David as she was then known. For Picasso, Sylvette became the subject of large and important body of work, including more than sixty paintings, drawings and sculptures. For Sylvette, not only was her innocent, youthful beauty immortalized, but she would be remembered as a muse of the great artist – ‘The Girl with the Ponytail’. Picasso’s work and their relationship would become a constant source of inspiration for her own painting many years later.
Lydia moved to England in 1968 where she pursued her own 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 Picasso’s work inspired by her, ‘Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette’ held at the Kunsthalle Bremen. 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 2021.
Fran Donovan trained in Fine Art at Southampton College and Winchester School of Art and went on to complete a Masters degree in European Fine Art in Barcelona. In addition to the full time painting, Fran has led art therapy sessions at Southampton and Ashurst hospitals, and taught in Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset and most recently an artist mentor working with servicemen in the “Other Worlds” project with Salisbury John Creasey Museum. Awards include Bibliotec Award, Winchester School of Art 1994; European Studies Award, Coopers and Lybrand 1994. Her work can be found in private collections in Britain, Spain, America and Australia and at Hampshire County Council and Salisbury Hospital ArtCare.
Dame Elisabeth Frink RA (1930 – 1990) is internationally recognised as one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th Century. She studied at the Guildford School of Art (1946–9) and with Bernard Meadows at the Chelsea School of Art (1949–53). Frink’s range of subjects included men, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. From the 1970s she focused on the male nude, barrel-chested, with mask-like features, attenuated limbs and a pitted surface, for example Striding Man. Frink’s sculpture, and her lithographs and etchings created as book illustrations, drew on archetypes expressing masculine strength, struggle and aggression.These six lithograph prints are part of a series that Frink created for a special edition of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ in 1974-75, published by Curwen Studio. These editions are included in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery.
Chloë Holt RCA FRSA is one of the youngest Academicians at the Royal Cambrian Academy to be elected and was selected by President and Keeper of the Royal Academy, London Maurice Cockrill RA in 2012. She was awarded Fellowship of RSA (HRH Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce) in 2003. Prizes include Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, 2012 and “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Prize for works on Paper at Florence Biennale, 2010. Holt trained at The Royal College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University. Next solo exhibtion with David Simon Contemporary, Castle Cary, October 2020.
Parastoo Ganjei, comes from an artistic family, with a grandfather who was a prominent painter in Iran. She paints still lifes as well as landscapes, roses are a favourite subject for her and she captures the weight of the flower heads beautifully whilst keeping a strong sense of movement. Using this common subject as a vehicle to portray feelings and emotions, there is a vitality as well as balance to her work.Parastoo Ganjei studied fine art in Iran and Sussex and is a graduate of Bournmouth University.Exhibiting widely in the United Kingdom, her work has proved to be extremely popular and is in many important collections around the world including the Royal Family of Brunei.
Deborah Jackson, born Bristol 1956, studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art (1985 – 88), Deborah has maintained a dedicated career painting full-time. She has held numerous exhibitions in London; Glasgow; Oxfordshire; Devon; the Cotswolds; Nantucket Island, USA; Showing with David Simon Contemporary, Castle Cary 2019 and 2020.
Mick Lindberg, born in Sweden in 1950, learned the art of needlework from her mother and grandmother. Throughout her life, her love of textiles and fashion has influenced her career choices, first as a successful model and photographer, now as a textile artist.She has held numerous solo exhibitions in London, as well as in New Mexico, New York and Bath. First solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary March 2019. Next solo exhibition 2021.
Andrew Lansley, winner of Bath Society of Artists’ ‘David Simon Contemporary Award’ 2017, works in egg tempera, focusing on landscape and marine subjects. Lansley is the current Chairman of Bath Society of Artists. He won the 2016 Royal Watercolour Society Award and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, RWA and numerous shows at the Mall Galleries, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Society of Marine Artists, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists, Sunday Times Watercolour and Lynn Painter Stainers Prizes. Andrew Lansley’s paintings are in a number of important corporate collections. He has been specially commissioned to paint works for the collections of John Lewis Partnership; The Royal United Hospital, Bath; Roman Baths, Bath and Homewood Spa Hotel. He has spent part of this year painting in the Arctic and Antarctica, having been selected by The Scott Polar Research Institute as their Resident Artist.
Alex Lowery, born 1957 in London, studied at Bath Academy, Sir John Cass School of Art and the Central School of Art. He is best known for his landscapes of the Dorset coast and has regularly exhibited in Dorset and London since 1994.Flattened spaces, simplified forms, heightened colours, a compelling formal precision and painterly subtleties, these are the characteristics which attach themselves to Alex Lowery’s work and to the work of the American realists, Alex Katz and Edward Hopper, whose influence Lowery acknowledges. However, as the critic, David Cohen, commented there is also a surprising analogy to be made between Lowery and the Italian Futurist artist, De Chirico. “West Bay has...become something quite marvellous in Lowery’s hands, like De Chirico’s Ferrara, an actual place, but every bit as unreal as an invented city..., the town has been transformed quite simply, by being rendered as form”.
Diana Matthews FRSA, born in Guildford in 1935, studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham from 1954 – 1956. Here she was trained by William Scott as well as visiting lecturers including Antony Fry, Peter Lanyon, Bryan Winter, Adrian Heath and Gillian Ayres.She went on to teach art at various secondary schools. In 1985 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. It was only when Diana retired in 1995 that she was able to concentrate fully on painting full-time and to focus on paintingstill life and abstract work.Diana Matthews has exhibited regularly in London and the South West including at 20/21 Royal College of Art (2014), Islington Art Fair (2013), Bath Art Society (2005/06/09/10/11/13), Olympia Decorative and Contemporary Art Fair (2011), Battersea Park Decorative and Contemporary Art Fair (2011/12), Art London (2011), Royal West of England Academy (2007/08), and Royal Society of British Artists (2007/11). Represented by David Simon Contemporary, Bath since September 2014.
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 United Kingdom since 2000. Myles lives and works in rural Cornwall where he explores the landscape and waterscapes of his surrounding environment. He also returns frequently to paint in Scotland, Wales and the Alps. Represented by David Simon Contemporary since 2015, Myles’ paintings are exhibited regularly at the gallery and also in Cornwall and London.
Julian Paltenghi studied at Loughborough College of Art and has worked as a painter and sculptor since the 1980’s. He won the Hunting / Observer Travel Award which took him to Australia in 1992, returning with a large folio of work which was later exhibited at the Royal College of Art, London.He has travelled widely, painting in Zanzibar, Ireland, South of France, Crete, Portugal, Australia, Baja – Mexico.As well as his painting of landscapes and still lifes – flowers, fruit – and more recently bottles and glasses, he is also a sculptor. This series of bronze dancers is a homage to his father, David Paltenghi, the ballet dancer and choreographer.Paltenghi has held regular exhibitions in Bath, London, New York, Paris and in Australia. His awards for painting include the Hunting / Observer prize 1991, 1993, 1994. His work is in numerous corporate and private collections in Europe, North America and Australia including Christies London. Currently working from his studio in the south of France, he has been exploring the subject of abstracted still lifes which he has paired down with characteristic forms and mark making in this new series of works on paper.
Jackie Philip, born in 1961 in Edinburgh, studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, at Wimbledon School of Art, London and at The Royal Academy Schools, London from 1978 - 1986. She attained BA 1st Class Honours and MFA. Since completing her postgraduate studies, she has been painting full time as a professional artist and lectured in London, Florence and Auckland.Jackie Philip’s paintings are in the genre of Still Life and Landscape and are created using raw pigment and oil on canvas to create a rich tapestry of colour and luminosity of light. The images are informed by a variety of cultures and influenced by her travels in SE Asia and Europe, as well as her native Scotland.Jackie has exhibited widely abroad and in the UK and her paintings can be found in both corporate and private collections in the UK, Italy, Barbados, the Americas, Hong Kong and Australasia. Jackie has received many prestigious scholarships and awards including The Italian Government Scholarship, British Institute Fund and RSA Hospital Field Award and Residency.
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.We are delighted to have been representing Mike Service at our gallery for the past five years. 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. Whether painting still-life subjects or the landscapes of Ile de Ré, Salema or the Somerset hills, one is always struck by the artist’s clear enjoyment and skill of handling paint. First solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary 2019.
Jane Wheeler was born and raised in Norfolk and studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. Her ceramics have been exhibited regularly with David Simon Contemporary and also in Norfolk, London, Paris and Japan. A series of her ceramic forms are in the permanent puclic collection of Pallant House, Chichester.Like her ceramic practice, her approach to painting landscape is the exploration of layers and textures that she creates, building a sense of history into each piece. For this exhibition, Jane has created this series of three paintings as a response to ‘Pastures Green’ and shows her paintings in our gallery for the first time.
Edward Willis constructs three-dimensional sculptures in bronze as well as in steel, copper and brass. Elegant forms with sometimes bold colour, each piece is a study of ‘dynamic equilibrium’, carefully constructed from many parts. Having studied philosophy, he has been concentrating on his sculpture practice, having gained much inspiration from the work of artists such as Alexander Calder. Edward Willis’s work is concerned with patterns in nature as well as tension, rhythm and balance. ‘The Greenwood Tree’ is a beautiful and considered response to ‘Pastures Green’, capturing an abundant sense of regeneration.