Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Richard Tuff

Durgan View to Sea

The paintings of Richard Tuff are a rich tapestry of chalky shades, blues and greens punctuated here and there with a dash of burnt orange, or a splash of deep winy red.    
Flushing Boats

A patchwork quilt of seaside cottages, little boats, steps and railings, mooring lines and trees appliqu├ęd onto a delft blue sea. 
King Charles Quay, to the Bosun's Locker
They are childlike in their view of endless summers in Cornwall but defiantly not childish in their execution. Ice cream colours nestle beside the deep greens of Cornwall's garden heritage, red sails in the sunset are echoed in roofs of higgledy piggeldy cottages. 
Looking Over St Mawes
Gouache is a very difficult medium to work in and if you study one of Richards paintings the energy and skill with which it is employed is wonderful.  The range of closely related colours and shapes mixing beautifully together to present a vision of Cornwall at its very best.
The Bridge and Ford at Helford
Favorite places are given a veil of recent history, like a souvenir box of treasured memories, the edges blurred, the senses heightened until what is left is a distillation of pure pleasure.

Places that we have loved and sometimes lost but never for ever because they can be found and held close within these beautiful paintings.
Richard Tuff is at Beside The Wave until Wednesday 22nd June, the private view is on Friday 10th of June from 6 until 8pm.

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