Spring into Summer
Julian Bailey NEAC, Peter Ceredig-Evans, Julia Cooper, Gareth Edwards RWA, Sara Ingleby-MacKenzie, Walter Lindner,
Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA, Gabriele Koch, Fiona McIntyre, Jackie Philip, Jane Wheeler
1 - 30 May
Julian Bailey NEAC
Julian Bailey trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools. His paintings and etchings capture his observations of everyday life with a quick and bold approach in a loose, abstract style and vibrant colour.
Julian Bailey has received numerous awards, including include 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.
British born painter, Peter Ceredig-Evans, creates work that expresses human experience and interaction through abstraction and a painterly language that has both intensity and subtlety. Peter graduated from Bath Spa University in 2011 and has gone on to exhibit and sell in Europe, the US and Australia. Most importantly Peter has remained hungry to develop his practice as an artist and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other artists. Now living in Australia, Peter works from a studio on the Gold Coast where he continues to sell through galleries and to private collectors around the world.
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 6 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.
Gareth Edwards RWA
Soft Ocean Light
oil on canvas, unframed, 100 x 100cm
Gareth Edwards is a contemporary landscape painter. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, an elected RWA Academician, and is a long time resident of St Ives’ historic Porthmeor Studios, previously occupied by luminaries of British painting such as Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson. He is a sessional tutor at the Newlyn School of Art and a prominent member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.
Demonstrating a powerful approach to process and the materiality of paint, his work invites us to contemplate ideas of the human ‘journey’ - our physical journey through time and space, and our psychological journey of existence. At their heart, his paintings aspire to a state of beauty and to what the artist describes as ‘emotional weather’, exploring equivalents in external environment and internal atmosphere.
“Contemporary Landscape painting has its detractors, but I believe it remains full of potential. My work considers the meaning and metaphor of natural forces, in the tradition of Constable and Turner, artists who recognise the power, beauty and grace of nature and our relationship with it.”
Sara Ingleby-MacKenzie has been sculpting since 1982, when she graduated with a first class honours degree in Sculpture and Print Making from Bath Academy of Art. The same year she was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship.
Hazy Grey Bell
smoke-fired earthenware, H. 32cm
"Gabriele's pots are articulate: they are wide in reach and deeply focussed."
Edmund de Waal
Concentrating on simple forms, internationally acclaimed ceramicist Gabriele Koch successfully integrates balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume in her work. In some vessels she has incorporated texture to create a contrast between rough and burnished surface areas. The distinctive patterning which complements these burnished forms is achieved in a carefully organized secondary smoke firing.
Koch completed her undergraduate degree in English and History at the University of Heidelberg before studying at Kings College, London then Camden Institute and attaining a Diploma in Ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London. In 1984 she won the Crafts Council London Individual Biennale Internationale de Céramique d’Art Prize, Vallauris and has gone on to lecture on art and ceramics in the UK and overseas.
Walter Lindner (1936 - 2007)
Walter Lindner (1936 - 2007) was a true master of his oeuvre, creating wonderfully composed and graphic artworks. During four productive decades, Lindner perfected his technique, hand-pressing monotype prints onto parchment from glass plates that he painted with oils; the basis for his unique and original works. Approved one-off prints were then embellished, often elaborately, with pen and ink and sometimes adding gold leaf. Lindner’s unique techniques attracted attention in the region and he was considered an outstanding talent, by both his Berlin university tutors and fellow artists. Lindner exhibited annually at the Frankfurt Art Fair for 40 years – longer than any other artist. Exhibitions of his work in the Berlin area were also successful in the 70s and 80s. A significant retrospective exhibition was held at David Simon Contemporary, Bath in 2018.
There has been significant interest in a number of the artists from the former East Berlin ‘Wall years’, but, until recently, many of the gifted artists who worked simultaneously in West Berlin remained under the radar. The work of Walter Lindner lives on and has been much collected in both Germany, the USA and Great Britain.
Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA
Vertical Flow (front and
bronze, 1969, edition 9 of 9
118 x 23 x 23cm
Sea Side at Omaha
bronze and slate, unique, 21 x 20 x 9cm
Margaret Lovell 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.
Indian Bean Tree
oil on linen, 95 x 110cm
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fiona McIntyre grew up in Dublin and the south of England as well as spending some time in Sweden. She studied Fine Art at West Surrey College of art; Edinburgh College of Art; Grafikskolan Forum, Sweden and attained her MA at Winchester School of Art in 1993. McIntyre has held many solo and group exhibitions across the United Kingdon and mixed exhibitions in Sweden and Norway.
Born in 1961 in Edinburgh, Jackie Philip 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. He has also undertaken a number of private commissioned works.
We are delighted to have been representing Mike Service at our gallery for the past three 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 artists such as 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 ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. HEr work has been exhibited regularly with David Simon Contemporary and also in Norfolk, London, Paris and Japan.
For Jane, the vessel is a space-containing hollow form that offers the richest language for working in clay. Its conceptual simplicity allows readings which allude to our most distant cultural pasts, and to the state of being human. Its limitations are those for which the potter’s tools and equipment are designed; it is a familiar scenario within which to work. Thus, it becomes necessary for Jane Wheeler to make working and the work uncomfortable in some way, to push the boundaries in order to attempt discovery of new or hidden qualities of this profoundly significant, yet ordinary object.
The apparent fragility and age of these vessels tempers their insistent sense of function, a function that we understand rests on implicit but radical contradictions. The cracks in a bottle form which deny it the possibility of containing a liquid produce a deliberate uncertainty about what constitutes a vessel. The appearance of age and wear, as if the pieces had somehow been weathered and eroded over geological and archaeological timescales, evokes a sense of history and of humanity.
Jane’s vessels are made of stoneware clay bodies with added coarse grog, sand, quartz and feldspar granules. reduction fired to 1260-1300 º C with gas. Layers of oxide, slip, and chun glaze producing the textured surface which both reflects and absorbs light and refracts it where the chun gathers into thick runs full of miniscule bubbles.