4 May – 4 June 2018
Julian Bailey, John Croft CBE, Myles Oxenford, Neil Pinkett and Mike Service
The title of this group exhibition of paintings is taken from the poem by John Masefield, an expression of one’s essential need for the ocean. In a diverse range of approaches, five painters show their different responses to the subject of the sea.
Bringing a vibrancy of colour and vitality of brushstroke, Julian Bailey enjoys the placing of brightly coloured hulls of ships and trawlers against blue seas and harbours. Regularly shown at the RA Summer show, Bailey trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools and his work is in Royal collections as well as many corporate and private ones. John Croft’s work at first may appear abstract, but forms of sea and sky and headland can be found. Using a bright palette, he is much influenced by abstract expressionists. Neil Pinkett returns with powerful and enigmatic paintings of the Cornish coast, capturing both the light and the raw qualities of this environment. With a strong, stylised approach, Myles Oxenford, who trained at Falmouth College of Art, concentrates on his series abstracting the Cornish coast. Mike Service has created a strong series of studies of small sailing boats on the water and by the harbourside, painted in oils with palette-knife.
Bamaluz Beach, St Ives
oil on board
25 x 60cm
oil on panel
35 x 60cm
Julian Bailey, trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools. He has received a number of awards including the Turner Gold Medal (1986), Landseer Scholarship (1999), Hunting Art Prize finalist (2004), David Messum Prize (2011) and he became an elected member of the New English Art Club in 2011. His works are in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, The National Trust, New College Oxford, Pembroke College Oxford, Daiwa Bank, among many other corporate and private collections. Julian Bailey regularly shows his work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as holding solo exhibitions in London, Australia and the United States of America.
John Croft, who has painted for more than seventy years, has always had an interest in abstract expressionists such as Nicholas de Stael and his own painting has become increasingly simplified in form. A postgraduate of Christ Church, Oxford, John Croft spent most of his career working for the Home Office and Foreign Office before focusing on painting. He has exhibited in France, London, Suffolk and Bath. In 1967 he was one of 15 painters featured in the ‘Survey ‘67’ exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, which included Basil Beattie RA and Jennifer Durrant RA. John Croft’s work can be found in the collections of Oxford University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics, Manx Museum Isle of Man, Reform Club London and London Borough of Camden.
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 as well as still lifes. He also returns frequently to paint in Scotland, Wales and the Alps.
Neil Pinkett, born in St Just-in-Penwith in 1958, spent his childhood in West Cornwall. After a successful career as an illustrator spanning twenty years, Neil dedicated himself to painting full-time in the mid-1990s. An acclaimed solo-show followed almost immediately and since that point Neil has built a reputation as one of the foremost landscape painters in the county. Today Neil splits his time between Bath and Cornwall, spending the summer months living in his studio in Marazion, overlooking St Michael's Mount. Neil's work has been shown and is collected throughout the UK. He has also undertaken painting tours and one-man shows across America. Solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary, Bath, 2017. Next solo exhibition 2019.
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. He has also undertaken a number of private commissioned works. 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. First solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary 2019.