Imogen Bone: Summerhouse Gallery
'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 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.
John Piper: A Unique Insight
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.
Kit Johns: Breaking Point
The Summerhouse Gallery proudly presents the 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 Pointwas put together 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
Mary Ann Green: Capturing the Magic of Movement with Dance
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.