The team at the Summerhouse Gallery are delighted to be celebrating fifty years of masterful painting from Michael Strang. Running in August, Spotlight on Strang is a showcase of new work alongside exclusive private collection pieces that further shines a light on the exceptional talents that this renowned painter possesses.
The highlight of the month is likely to be the Spotlight on Strang evening taking place at the Summerhouse on 14th August. People will be given a rare opportunity to meet the man behind the paintings and hear about his artistic processes. There will be a short Q & A where Strang will provide further insight into his painting techniques and the fascinating variation of influences from across the arts that still inspire him today.
Primarily an oil painter who has continually been celebrated for his ability to capture the magic of a country scene, Strangs plein-air seascapes were included in the Tates Century of Images exhibition in 1995. His work has been included in many prestigious collections including Londons Royal Academy and Oxfords Ashmoleum Museum. Whether it be the magic of a distinctive sunset or the energy that fuels a vibrant field of poppies, Michael Strang has that rare ability to add that extra twenty percent to a painting that converts it from good to great.
On display as a part of Strangs private collection will be a selection of his portraits. Michael actually studied under David Poole, the eminent president of the Royal Society of Painters. When viewing Strangs portraits and landscapes side by side, his talents become even more apparent. While the work contrasts in style and subject, there is a cohesive artistic voice that runs through everything that he paints.
Here at the Summerhouse, we are just as excited about Michaels new work as we are about his previous work. Moonlight & Stars Over Gwenver Beach, which features on the exhibition poster, is a wonderful nightscene oil on canvas that more than proves that Michaels work is as enigmatic now as it has ever been.
We look forward to welcoming our lovely friends in August to see this very special collection.
Due to limited numbers, Spotlight on Strang on the 14th August is strictly RSVP. Please contact the Gallery on 01736711400 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come along and have a drink at what we believe will be an evening to remember.
This July, a fascinating exhibition at the Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion will provide an insight into one of Cornwalls most loved painter's 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 Praed's 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 Praed's works.
Praed: Paper, Pencil, Paint opens on Friday 22nd July and will run until 5th August. For more information or to request a catalogue, contact the Summerhouse Gallery on 01736711400 or email@example.com.
The Summerhouse is thrilled to showcase a beautiful new array of work from local ceramicist Sarah Dunstan. Featuring an array of electric blues and pastel hues, and inspired by the delicate oriental style of the willow pattern, Sarah's designs take on many unique shapes and sizes, each piece displaying a wonderfully skilled level of craftsmanship.
Just over twelve months ago here at the Summerhouse Gallery we were honoured to hold 'Spotlight on Strang'. To celebrate we have just taken delivery of a new body of work from the mighty Michael Strang entitled 'Autumn Collection 2016'.
Michael captures the beautiful effect that this season has on Cornwall. For example, in 'Gulval Windfalls', he depicts bountiful hauls of ripe fruit, and transforming Summer meadows into vibrant fields of jewel like hues in 'Towards St Michaels Mount' and 'Poppies and Other Wild Flowers'.
Dramatic late Summer sunsets show the earth clinging to that final burst of warmth, which is balanced by the calm moonlight scenes of the stunning 'Moonlight Symphony'.
Indeed, this warmth and brightness run through the heart of this stunning body of work, as Strang celebrates this last crescendo of colour before Winter descends.
If you are unable to come and experience this special collection in person, a full range of the work is available to view on our Michael Strang artist section.
Following our extensive renovations over January and February, The Summerhouse invites you to join us in celebrating our grand reopening with our spring show.
Headlining our show are critically acclaimed artists Imogen Bone and Iona Sanders, both of whom use contrastingly accomplished techniques and will provide a stunning range of work on our brand new walls.
We will be featuring the entire range of new work from both Iona, Imogen, and all of our wonderful Summerhouse artists ahead of our opening on the 31st of March.
Images: Double Luck Mounts Bay, Imogen Bone
Just Be Yourself, Iona Sanders
We are so proud of the amount of awareness, and the response that our one-woman show, featuring the hugely talented Maggie O'Brien generated here at The Summerhouse.
On our opening night, on the 20th of April, the gallery was full to capacity, and it was amazing to see just how much this work touched its viewers.
Originally, the show stood as a call to save our precious dawn chorus, in the face of shocking songbird decline throughout the country. It then took on a new meaning when Maggies son became poorly, and evolved as a whole into a body of work that highlights the fragility of life, and appreciate what we have around us. We also held a charity donation, the proceeds of which will go to the RSPB.
Although our show officially ended on the 5th of May, we have kept a small beautiful selection of work which really captured viewers of the show, up on our walls for visitors to enjoy a while longer.
Photo: Where Have All The Songbirds Gone Private View, by Richard Goulden
A wonderfully insightful video from our John Piper retrospective 'Halcyon Days'
John Pipers inspiration for his work has always been the West Cornwall landscape pared down to its basic elements of looming skies, lichen covered buildings and rugged moorland.
Compositionally simple yet dramatic and beautiful, his work focuses strongly on colour and texture, which vary dramatically throughout his paintings, despite them possessing characteristics which make them instantly recognisable by people throughout Cornwall and further afield.
Johns love for the area is evident in the way in which he creates, and he has quietly and unassumingly become one of Cornwalls most prolific and well loved artists.
This month The Summerhouse was proud to host a wonderful show, celebrating the female artist and how she views the world. A diverse, and stunning body of work by a collective of talented artists was showcased here in our gallery and we were delighted by the response.
Our opening night saw pink prosecco cocktails served alongside contemporary poetry readings, and a silent auction. All of the proceeds of which have been donated to Target Ovarian Cancer, a charity very close to our hearts. We are thrilled to have raised over £1000 so far from the silent auction and a percentage of all show pieces which have been sold. For more information on this wonderful charity, and the work that they do, visit http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/.
We are delighted to share this wonderful video, shot by John Freddy Jones which features Maggie sharing the thoughts and experiences which inspired our show 'Where Have All The Songbirds Gone'
We had a wonderful time at the opening for our first show of 2018, Blooming Marvellous. Thank you to each and every person who braved the awful weather to come and experience a bit of sunshine at The Summerhouse in the form of some beautiful artwork and a glass of prosecco!
One of our guests, Tanya Von Zychlinsky composed this wonderful poem, inspired by the work on show here at the gallery.
Sun rays mirror your perfection,
Light hearted mindset lets us in,
With art and soul, a smile of life,
Oh Spring, where have you been?
All I see are painted poems,
Each stroke a gift of energy,
Behold, the wonder of co-creation.
Summerhouse, a place of grace,
Light filled pieces purr like cats,
Content, calm and confident,
They draw you in like caring pets.
Spring in Summerhouse warms Winter,
Autumn meanwhile on vacation,
Each time you enter, joy receives you,
Artists soul in celebration.
Overflows with inspiration,
Blooming marvellous I see,
Thank you for the inspiration!
Mary Ann Green undertook her art education at Mid Warwickshire College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London before moving to Cornwall in the early 1970s. Since 1998 she has been involved with the Rambert Dance Company during their visits to the Hall for Cornwall, working with them during rehearsal, her work captured the human form both in movement and at rest. Her work is both well established and well loved and in 2005 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
The video offers a very special chance to see Mary's artistic process, simply click on the link below to view.
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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