September sees our one woman show 'Where The Path Leads' which follows one of Cornwall's most exciting contemporary impressionist artists Imogen Bone as she makes her way along the iconic coastal path around West Cornwall. The show will also feature ceramic work by supporting artist Jake Boex. The body of work comprises of Imogen's visual diary, a narrative made up of lush, dark greenery giving way to vast expanses and ocean vistas as her journey progresses and also acts as a contemplation and reflection of environment and energy and an intuitive response to the environment, filtering thoughts and seeking simplicity. The show opens with a private view on Friday September the 7th and will run for two weeks.
The Summerhouse Gallery is proud to present our one-man summer show of 2019; 'Breaking Point' by artist Kit Johns. Kits work explores the wild and untamed nature of the Cornish landscape, using a variety of techniques and mediums on canvas, paper and authentic vintage Cornish maps; he has quickly evolved from a young 'up-and-coming artist' to an accomplished and well-known figure who has made waves in the world of Cornish landscape art. Breaking Point aims to act as both a celebration of beauty and a reminder as we enter a period where the state of our environment hangs in the balance. Kits work captures both the joy of a bright, busy beach in the summer, and the contrastingly tempestuous waves of the storms which grow ever more commonplace on our coastlines. His work utilises sand, stone and seawater, as well as flotsam and jetsam found washed up on the coastline. "This latest body of work encapsulates everything that Cornwall means to me, a backdrop to my life. The paintings were painted with energy & intensity. There is an intentional rawness about the work, which captures what the Cornish coastline is like perfectly. I want the work to feel almost tactile and draw the viewer in. It is important to me that each painting resonates. I want to create a social commentary within the paintings, and continue to raise awareness about a problem that is becoming an epidemic. We are reaching breaking point when it comes to the environment. -Kit Johns The show will open with a private view on Friday 12th July 2019, with proceeds being donated to various Cornish environmental charities
Far West sees a collective of exciting new artists explore the magic of West Cornwall. For centuries, the beauty and myth of the area has inspired artists to create in homage to the wild green moorland, which rolls down to the rugged coastline and the calm lap of waves on the shoreline, or tempestuous stormy oceans. All set against that magical light which can only be found here. Featuring Kit Johns, Helen Jones, Jack Davis and Jade Bowmer, with sculpture by Tom Leaper and ceramic work by Jake Boex the show will comprise of an array of mediums, techniques and voices; juxtaposing to create a bright, dynamic and magical celebration of this beautiful place we call home. The show opens with a private view on Thursday 12th July where drinks donations will be collected in support of Surfers Against Sewage, and will run from the 13th-26th.
This October The Summerhouse Gallery is excited to showcase a celebration of land and sea, featuring the work of Kit Johns and Kate Richardson.Kit and Kates unique, and instantly recognisable styles capture nature both at its most serene, and its most tempestuous.Kit Johns has gained critical acclaim throughout the South West for his Ocean scenes sat against vintage maps. His sunny summer beaches, bursting with colour splashes depicting family holidays dotted with rainbow coloured parasols and windbreaks, beautifully contrast the inky blues of his stormy seas and fiery winter sunsets. Since moving studios earlier this year, his work has undertaken a fresh burst of inspiration and vigor and will only further brighten the path of this rising star.Kates gnarled, weather beaten trees are synonymous with the Cornish landscape, and set against a stormy sky or a sunny vista they become an object of beauty and intrigue. Her colourful rock faces, covered in mosses and flowers frame secretive roadways and paths in paintings filled with the promise of a journey. This latest evocative body of work will capture an etherial light upon the seasons change.Of Time and Tide will act as a reflection upon the changing seasons, as we transition from a summer of sunshine (and showers!) into the equally beautiful Cornish winter. We are thrilled here at The Summerhouse to showcase a collection of new work from two equally proficient and contrastingly striking artists.The show will open with a private view on October the 6th from 6-8pm, and will run on until the 20th. More information will be available on our website, www.summerhousegallery.co.uk.
Michael Praed and John Piper have been delighting many with their work for decades. Michael Praeds harbours, architectural line and reflections make his work instantly recognisable. His strong passion for Cornwall, like the granite and cliffs that surround us, speak volumes in his work. John Piper is a master of both colour and texture, indeed a true colourist. The cottages that often appear in his paintings take you into the canvas where you find yourself lost in the beauty, colour and texture of the work, finding something more, every time you look. The cottages themselves are treated with a poignancy of a forgotten Cornwall. A symbol like the weathered stone of Cornwalls history. With this exhibition the Summerhouse is delighted? to show both artists work and to also explore the friendship and respect between the artists themselves.A friendship that spans their love of Cornwall and most importantly their unique portrayal of this ancient land through paint. Showcased alongside this stunning body of work are the ceramics of Colin Caffell. With work being described as a 'painting on the round' Colins pots act as an homage to Cornwalls beautiful and dramatic scenery. Tom Leaper adds his dramatic sculpture to our show with a new piece here at the gallery, the original bronze maquette of 'Oval Form', The large sculpture can be admired on the island of Tresco. Oval Form compliments the rich ocean hues and golds of Grebes, Sun and Sail and Newlyn Anchorage; forming a striking and diverse collection of work which we are delighted to showcase here at The Summerhouse Gallery.
The Summerhouse gallery is proud to showcase a collective of talented female artists, in a celebration of the female in our up and coming show, 'I Am Woman'. What is so exciting about creating a feminine representation, in any medium, is the varied forms in which she can present herself.The show will focus on what it is to be female through a range of manifestations, from the physical form to a strong focus on psychological standpoint, exploring perception, experience, thought, emotion and mental process. A wonderful collection of artists, ranging from the established to the up and coming, lend their unique styles to ultimately create a stunning, and thoughtful portrayal of the female. Proceeds from this exciting show, and its accompanying silent auction will be donated to the charity Target, in support of ovarian cancer.
Where Have All The Songbirds Gone will be held at The Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion, and will run from the 21st of April until the 5th of May. The show will feature a range of beautiful and evocative paintings from Maggie, who has used her artwork to portray the bittersweet connection between the human race and nature. Through her work, she aims to strengthen and renew this connection. Maggie has used a dreamlike touch to capture the fragility of life, however the exhibition will act as a profound warning, and will highlight the enormity of the work that needs to be undertaken to reverse and rectify the damage that has already been done. We must act now if we do not want our mornings to grow silent, and loose that precious birdsong which welcomes a new day. "When art and nature combine this beautiful and evocative show has been produced, filled with a longing for what is past, love for what still is, and hope for the future. 'Where have all the Songbirds Gone' will touch your heart and hopefully open all of our eyes to what we still have, while it is still there."
This July, a fascinating exhibition at the Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion will provide an insight into one of Cornwalls most loved painters artistic process. Paper, Pencil, Paint sees a new collection of Michael Praed paintings placed side by side with the initial sketches that inspired them.
At the centre of this exhibition is a spirit of transformation. By placing a focus on the movement from paper to canvas, the exhibition highlights the consistent techniques and vivid imagination that are integral to the artists sensitive but strong trademark style.
Those familiar with Praeds work will recognise his undeniable ability to capture the magic of the Cornish landscape in a way that is his own. The strong near vertical lines are present on both paper and canvas. This provides a distinctive skeleton for Praed to build upon with a compassionate use of colour, shading and light.
Jayne Elliott, Director at the Summerhouse, said: Since opening the Summerhouse five years ago, we have had a wonderful relationship with Michael. He is one of the countys artistic gems and we are delighted to celebrate his wonderful work in a slightly different way. Paper, Pencil, Paint is both beautiful and insightful.
Michael Praed has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally for the past forty years. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists. In 2012, the Summerhouse hosted Timeless Cornwall, a retrospective of Praeds works.
Praed: Paper, Pencil, Paint opens on Friday 22nd July and will run until 5th August.
It is a delight to host Stepping into Spring, a vibrant one woman show by the incredibly talented Imogen Bone. Since studying Fine Art at Falmouth University, Imogen has had studios in the Isles of Scilly and at the established Krowji. Her paintings have sold all over the UK and she is now teaching at the prestigious Newyln School of Art. She is an artist whose star is rising and I cannot wait to welcome you to this breathtaking exhibition. "The storms that I love to paint have a darker narrative of our changing climate. The receding coastline and sand shifting beaches, devastation from seasonal storms open up the winter palette of opaque greys, greens and purples. This year we saw the narcissi and daffodils in flower unseasonably early with the unusually mild weather." Imogen Bone
An exciting exhibition of two of Cornwalls brightest young talents is opening at the Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion on 9th May and will run until 23rd May. Featuring energetic new work from Kit Johns and Peter Ceredig-Evans, Beach Boys is a wonderful showcase of two hotly tipped and very talented artists who look set to become household names in the not so far away future.
TO SUBMIT WORK TO THE SUMMERHOUSE GALLERY
Here at The Summerhouse we love to support both established and new, up and coming artists with an affinity to Cornwall. We do recieve a very large volume of submissions, and although we take care to view every artists work, it is very difficult to discuss work with every single artist who gets in touch.
Please send us a selection of work which you feel best represents you, along with an artists statement and a list of other galleries which represent your work if applicable. You can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to our address, with contact details (email or telephone) which we can reach you via should your application be successful.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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