Friday, 22 July 2011

Emma Dunbar

The gallery is filled with a joyous burst of colour.  Lovely paintings grace the walls each one like a secret scrap book full of experience, memory and musing. Collections of things arranged and rearranged, sorted and saved.  At once both thoughtfully intricate and simply bold.
Beautifully painted flowers nestle against exuberant swathes of colour.  Colours that should clash dont seem to, everything has its place in the wonderful world of Emma Dunbar.
Patterned ceramics are lovingly rendered with a Fedden like simplicity, marks made by painting on and scratching out.  Images are collaged in and painted over, gold is added only to be hidden later.  Its a treasure hunt, a romp through a collectors cupboards.
Birds peck at a richly textured purple earth, sheep are scattered on patterned fields, moss green on emerald beside viridian.  Trees and twigs appear as flat designs or as scraffito marks into patches of carefully applied paint.
These are woven, multi layered and finely worked paintings that express a joie de vivre.  They are a celebration of the little things in life that are so important. They are quite simply, joyful.

Come along to the gallery and get your joy prescription.  The Emma Dunbar exhibition opens on Friday 22nd July with a private view at 6pm and continues until August 3rd.  And we will see you there, smiling!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tozer secrets revealed!

Following Andrew Tozer’s fantastic solo show which opened our Contemporary Impressionism exhibition in collaboration with Falmouth Art Gallery, Andrew is holding a painting demo and talk at Falmouth Art Gallery on 18th August 2pm-3pm. Andrew says “come and find out some of my tips and secrets!” All are welcome and Andrew looks forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Contemporary Impressionism Continues

With a lively exhibition featuring John Raynes, Simon Stooks and Alasdair Lindsay.  Three contemporary impressionists, very different styles but all three locked into the tradition of Impressionism, they take the world around them and make it their own, offering up a personal vision of what is there.
Simon Stooks paintings, with their energetic and painterly personality being calmed down by a soft and gentle palette.  They sit on the walls like very excited children bursting to tell you something very, very important.
There are fields, baking dry underneath a Provencal sun, of twisted vines, or overblown sunflowers, with earth colours that have grabbed the sky and kissed it into the ground.  Wonderfully calm beach scenes, the hubbub of summer holiday makers lost amongst the bleached out colours of midday. John Raynes brings us back to Cornwall with his masterful handling of line and colour, he is the best artist I know for capturing the shadows of boats in water. 
His boats float, the water in the harbours is barely contained by the pictures frame.  Light floods in and out of his paintings, waves crash and spume and with each painting you can smell the iodine fresh scent of the sea.
Alasdair Lindsay bursts into the back of the gallery with his paintings shouting "I was there and this is what I saw"  The colours are vibrant and funny and glorious.  He seems to be able to look and look and pull out of a landscape all of the elements that were important.  A post here a rooftop there, a colour reflected in a stone and the hint of a well known landmark.
As well as the colourful smaller paintings there is a truly magnificent painting of Falmouth at night, it is beautiful, the colours are calm and stunning and the little flicks of light on the boats chink like the song of rigging lines against masts that is part of Falmouth's soundtrack.
 The exhibition is a good one, go and have a look for yourself, it officially opens on Saturday 9th July and continues until Wednesday 20th.  There are catalogue paintings available to purchase now and further exhibition paintings should be on line by today.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Shop on line with Beside The Wave!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our on line shop which features a selection of our artists' work (soon to be all of it, and with 500 art works in stock, we have quite a task on our hands)!
Excitingly, you can also purchase these works, interest free on line through "Own Art."
The Own Art scheme is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy and collect contemporary art and craft.
You can apply for as little as £100 or as much as £2,000 for the purchase of original works of art by living artists in any media including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glassware, and artist made jewellery and furniture.
Loans are repayable in 10 monthly instalments, completely interest free – so you’ll never be paying more than the advertised price.
Our web shop is here Beside The Wave go and have a look and see just how easy it is to click and buy.
Here is an example:

This beautiful drawing by Richard Tuff could be yours for just £13.50 a month!  That's about 45p a day, which isn't even the price of a cup of coffee.
Or this lovely painting by Sarah Wimperis would be £46.50 per month, which is about £1.50 a day and even that is less than a cup of coffee.  So you see, now you can have your cake and eat it, or rather you can have your art and love it for the rest of your life!
Go and visit the site, click here and see for yourself.