Artflow exhibition at Hop Gallery, Lewes
Artflow is a group of approximately six Sussex located artists exhibiting their eclectic mix of works at the prestigious Hop Gallery in Lewes. Together with six invited guest artists this must-see exhibition is a diverse showcase of media, subject and style from figurative to abstract. To give you a sneak preview of what is on offer – introducing guest artists…
Patricia Latham, whose practice is based on the fascination with ‘altered states’. Her assemblages reflect the beaches of the south coast – a passion for the textures of distressed surfaces give the flotsam and jetsam of life a new meaning throughout the construction and abstraction of each piece. Beach debris, altered by time, the weather and the sea, is put through a variety of physical processes – grinding, scratching, binding etc, materials are twisted, wrapped, threaded, pulled, sewn, frayed, bound, and so on – and altered to take on a new form – an ‘altered state’. Sounds fascinating doesn’t it…
Dagmara Rudkin, born in Poland, living in Brighton, is an artist with extraordinary talent. Her work is inspired by Catholic imagery and European mythology, folk art, feminist art and expressionism. She often combines semi-precious materials such as gold and silver leaf with scraps of old dried-up paint, roughly sewn fabric, chicken wire, plastic ‘gems’ and found objects to create sensual delicate lace-like areas of the paintings and darker, roughly-handled broody passages that are reminiscent of nests, wombs, doorways, caves or cocoons. They are poetic and gaudy, witty and richly embellished. They are a contemplation and a celebration of the rites told by European mythology influenced by her birthplace. Does this work fire your imagination… it should!
Jewellery designer/maker Glenis Boote produces strong sculptural pieces influenced by the love of the countryside surrounding her home, and by the work and philosophy of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement. Many of her designs start from a direct observation of flowers and plants in her garden. She uses a technique – anticlastic raising – to create the curving three dimensional organic shapes through and forming. It just gets better and better… and there’s more, much more!!
Mary Beaney, founder and promoter of Art on the River www.artontheriver.co.uk painter/mixed media; Rosemary Newton, painter of still life in acrylic and watercolour; and Lesley Robertshaw, portrait painter of intimate scenes in oils complete the guest artist contingency.
The whole show has been organised by Angela Perrin, the present linchpin of the group. Born in Nigeria, educated in the UK, qualified as a physiotherapist, together with her husband Angela founded and developed St Bedes School at The Dicker. Throughout her busy life Angie still found time to paint. Largely self-taught she developed over the latter years a technique of painting with pure watercolour on canvas; this she has found enhances fluidity, is excitingly adaptable and permits multiple glazes so readily. Her stunning works are inspired by the Sussex countryside and the wild places of Cornwall. She explores just how light in its countless manifestations influences atmosphere in landscapes and seascapes both intimate and panoramic – indeed in all the natural world.
Kate Sayers, watercolorist of large flower paintings; Viv Cecil sets light to his canvasses with a blow torch; Kris Powley, abstract painter/mixed media/collage; Corina Stupa-Thomas, painter; and bringing up the rear is the 3D ceramic artist Julie Snowball whose Blue Angles are a ‘wow’ factor.
These twelve highly talented artists make for the not-to-be-missed show of the year at the Hop Gallery. Lewes. It provides real affordable art for the discerning eye. You won’t be disappointed.
Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane (off Fisher Street), Lewes BN7 1YJ
Saturdays to Sundays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) 19th April to 5th May, inclusive.
10.30 to 5.00 Mondays to Saturdays 12.00 to 4.00 Sundays.