Saturday 25 May 2019 to Wednesday 19 June 2019
A selection of still life paintings with new sculpture and ceramics. Featuring paintings by Reg Cartwright, Tony Scrivener, Ray Sheldon, Annie Williams and Vivienne Williams. Ceramics by John Pollex and bronze sculpture by Jack Eagan.
Reg Cartwright was born in Leicester in 1938 and has been a full-time painter and illustrator since 1974. His paintings offer simplicity within a complex structure of semi-abstraction, tone and colour. The careful placing of everyday objects within this overall plan, stripped of all superfluities, creates a powerful and harmonious design.
Tony Scrivener was born in London in 1944 and has painted professionally since 1992. His distinctive paintings comprise principally landscapes and still life. Drawing and line play a key role in the development of his paintings, delineating and separating space of both object and composition.
Ray Sheldon left school at the age of 15 and worked in the ceramic industry, becoming Art Director of Minton. Ray’s work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction. A modernist at heart, he strives for simplification by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics.
Annie Williams’ recent work has been almost entirely still life. She enjoys playing with shapes, pattern and colour and mixing the familiar with some abstraction. Her foregrounds are a few simple objects, usually pots. Backgrounds are created from textiles or old newspaper cuttings, and even some unfinished paintings as a starting point.
Vivienne Williams has been a full time painter since 1990. As she builds layers of paint, the surface texture is energetically work, scratched, sanded and stained.
Jack Eagan is a sculpture working in bronze. Often looking to the natural work for inspiration, Jack makes things to enjoy and spend time with, to contemplate their origin, and admire their beauty.
John Pollex makes highly coloured earthenware pots with expressive abstract markings. Using brushes and spatulas, intensely coloured earthenware slips are freely applied in a painterly abstract manner onto highly individual thrown and altered pots. He sees his work in the area of three dimensional painting, whereby clay substitutes canvas.
Location: Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BW
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