Monday, 18 June 2012

Inside The Gallery

If you are a regular visitor to Beside The Wave you may have noticed some changes, we have got a little bit bigger!  Knocking through to the space next door we now have a dedicated home for our growing collection of limited edition prints.  We also have more space for ceramics, jewellery and very soon there will be a wonderful range of our own art cards available. 
the gallery from outside

We are in the process of getting the signs done for the front but inside all is bustling.
inside our new space
The entrance to our new area is right beside the fireplace,
the main gallery
This is what the main gallery looks like now, for those of you who cant actually visit us.  This is where we show our latest exhibitions and host lovely previews where you can enjoy a glass of wine and often have a chance to meet the artist.  Upstairs is yet another space...
the "treasure trove" with a changing display of just a tiny fraction of the 700 plus original paintings that we have in the building, this is a room where you can sit and enjoy the paintings, or wait while we fetch paintings from the store that you may want to see and own.
Representing 30 artists we have something to suit most tastes, from very figurative to expressive and abstract, new impressionists and wonderful colourists.
the view from the back of the gallery
We also have a fantastic view.
So if you haven't visited us in a while, make a point of coming along this summer.  If you have never visited then why not came and see us, if you are too far away you will have to make do with this blog and our web site.  We can send work all over the world and often do.  We are open seven days a week and can be contacted by email or phone.
Next instalment on this blog will be what goes on behind the scenes!
View From The Gallery
by John Raynes

Friday, 15 June 2012

I Love Paris in the Springtime...

Evening Walk, Montmartre
545mm x 425mm
gouache on paper
 And I love Paris when she is painted by Richard Tuff.  This exhibition, "Paris Nights / Cornish Views" opens today and is already proving to be a huge hit.  Richard has taken his exuberant and confident brush and applied it to some delightful Parisian scenes.  Take a romantic walk through Montmartre, wander through the flower markets and stay a while at a pavement cafe.
Flower Market
200mm x 270mm
pen and ink on paper
 As well as beautiful gouache paintings Richard has made some wonderful pen and ink (and other black stuff) drawings.  Using a variety of implements from home made bamboo pens, conte crayons, cotton buds and other objects, he draws Paris and Cornwall with a joie de vivre and manages to distill the essence of place, like a master perfumier, with a flourish!
Hotel Eldorado
pen and ink
 The colours are at once bright yet subtle, chalky and vibrant, a wonderful range produced from a surprisingly limited pallet.  It is interesting to find out that far from owning the complete range of gouache paints ever made, Richard has a few carefully chosen colours from which he mixes the whole selection of tones and shades that you can see in his paintings.
Cornwall or Paris, this exhibition is a transport of delight, allow yourself to be transported, there is a preview tonight, 6 until 8pm and the exhibition runs until Wednesday 27th.  See you there "Mon petite choux fleurs!"
Chapel Street, Penzance
180mm x 225mm
gouache on paper
Looking up to St Agnes Beacon
400mm x 345mm
gouache on paper