SHAPES OF THE LAND:
Julia Cooper - Peter Davies - Jeremy Gardiner - Mark Habisrittinger
Niki Hare - Andrew Lansley - Peter Lloyd-Jones - Diana Matthews - Myles Oxenford
7 - 28 September
A rich and diverse exhibition relating to landscape by nine of our gallery artists, which incorporates a fulfilling balance of semi-figuration and abstract approaches. (Biographies on artists at bottom of page)
The Pool, Great Cranberry Island, Maine, USA
oil on canvas
120 x 120cm
oil on board
47 x 42cm
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 Art Prize.
Peter Davies, born 1953, is a printmaker, writer and art critic. He joined Poole Printmakers 2005, where he exhibits regularly. Exhibited at Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition regularly since 2000. Executive Committee member of Bath Society of Artists and exhibitor every year at annual exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery. Lino cuts in the public permanent collections of Falmouth Art Gallery, Guernsey Museum and Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead. Joined Bath Artist Studios in 2009.
Mark Habisrittinger, studied graphic design and graduated in 1986 and has had a successful career as a designer for a number of agencies in London, before founding his own agency. This latest series
of landscape-based compositions demonstrates this artist’s unique method of building up layers of paint and cutting back with palette knives, revealing a history and strata of colour. His work was
selected and hung in the Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition in 2018. Exhibiting for the first time with David Simon Contemporary in Summer 2019.
Niki Hare’s work can be enjoyed as pure abstract painting. Her work examines ideas of existence and vision, reflecting in her painting the ways in which the world ‘is paused, broken down into layers, shuffled, pushed back together and sent on its way.’ In 2014 Niki Hare was selected as a finalist in The Threadneedle Prize and was also featured in the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition. In 2014 she also exhibited in Abcoude, The Netherlands; Landshut, Germany; Brondby Strand, Denmark 2014 as well as in Bristol, Edinburgh and London. In 2013 Saatchi Art interviewed her as ‘One to Watch’. Her work has been exhibited across the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany and the USA.
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.
Julia Cooper trained in Fine Art as well as Interior Design and has exhibited her work widely in the United Kingdom. She has recently been working on a large project with the National Trust in creating paintings for their holiday cottage refurbishments. She shows regularly at David Simon Contemporary, Bath and is currently working on a significant body of new paintings for her fourth solo exhibition there in 2019.
Peter Lloyd-Jones, born 1956, studied at Ruskin School of Drawing and Art from 1977-1979, continued to read Fine Art for his Post Graduate Degree at Oxford and went on to study ay the Royal Academy of Arts from 1980-1983. His painting has continued to attract favourable reviews and critiques including in the Arts Review, Country Life, The Spectator and The Oxford Times. Lloyd-Jones has exhibited regularly in London, Oxford and Maine, U.S.A. Awards include David Murray Award for Landscape Painting, 1979; Windsor and Newton Award for Oil Painting 1980; David Murray Award for Landscape Painting 1981; and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award 1981.
Diana Matthews, 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 painting still 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 U.K since 2000. "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.
David Ralph Simpson, born 1963 in Plymouth, studied Fine Art at Newcastle University in 1985. His paintings were featured in David Simon Contemporary’s opening exhibition in August 2014. David Ralph Simpson has held regular solo exhibitions in London and galleries across England since 1987. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. David Ralph Simpson has undertaken commissioned projects for Land Securities, London 2005, Glyndebourne Opera 2004, Glyndebourne Opera 2000, Exeter City Council 1995, Television South West 1989 and the Royal School for the Deaf, Exeter 1988. Prizes include Bridport Open Prize 1994, Laing Competition 1994 & ’90 and Brewhouse Open 1986. His work can be found in private collections throughout Europe and the United States of America.
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