Beside The Wave
BBC Two's Great Pottery Throwndown came back to our screens in February after a hugely successful first series, attracting over 2 million viewers each week. The show, which many are describing as The Great British Bake Off meets clay, sees ten amateur potters compete to become Top Potter with a number of challenges that range from garden sculpture to a 12-piece porcelain tea set. The third episode of the new series focused on the art of Japenese style ceramics and featured the work of Penzance-based potter Catherine Lucktaylor as a perfect example of how to master the dramatic process of raku-firing.
Raku-firing involves taking pots while they are still glowing red from the kiln and placing them immediately into containers filled with combustible materials. The materials ignite and the containers are closed, producing an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colours in glazes and clay as well as creating a distinctive cracking due to the drastic thermal shock. The pots are then plunged into cold water to halt the firing process.
Catherine Lucktaylor's 'Wild Cornwall' series of pots uses the Raku process to create an expressive and colourful finish, reminiscent of flower filled clifftops and swirling seas. Catherine was sought out for the program that showed judge and master potter Keith Brymer Jones holding her pot up from the group of examples to completely focus on her stand-out decoration.
Catherine has been making and experimenting with Raku for over 25 years and was lucky enough to be taught by two well known and respected authorities on Raku during her two-year foundation at Huddersfield Polytechnic and at Wolverhampton Polytechnic as part of her BA Hons in Ceramics. After this she moved to Cardiff and then Brighton, continuing to explore kiln building and Raku, sawdust and pit firings. In 1999, Catherine received a travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and travelled to West Africa and Brazil, creating mixed media sculptural installations as she explored her mixed British-Ghanaian heritage. It was the birth of her son, Leon, in 2007 and another move, to West Cornwall, that led her back to her first love of ceramics. Catherine now specialises in hand built Raku-fired ceramics inspired by the Cornish landscape, which she creates in her large studio near Penzance.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the UK, including the Beside The Wave galleries who are celebrating Catherine's Great Pottery Throwdown feature with a show focusing on her ceramics in their gallery in Falmouth (10th - 30th March). The collection will include brand new work from Catherine's 'Wild Cornwall' series, allowing fans of the show to see Catherine's textured and bright finishes first hand.
For those wishing to find out even more about the process, Catherine runs Raku course and master classes from her studio, details of which can be found on her website.
We are excited to announce the opening of Andrew Tozer's new exhibition 'Celebration' now open in both our Falmouth and London galleries until the 8th March.The paintings shown in Cornwall celebrate the wonderful Cornish landscape with seascapes of St.Mawes and classic harbour scenes from Mousehole and Falmouth. Whilst the paintings shown in London are a smaller collection of intimate portrayals of the artist's home farm and family.
This show continues to focus on Andrew's fascination with the cornish landscape and its quality of light and colour with many of his works being created 'en plein air':
'The common link between both collections is one of celebration. By this I mean that in all the works produced I have attempted to capture a special moment and share it with the viewer. In both collections, many of the works are painted 'en plein air' or as some say 'live'. This process is both immensely challenging and hugely rewarding for me as an artist, as one has to exist simultaneously in the moment one is trying to capture and in the actual painting itself thus creating a unique connection.' - Andrew Tozer
Andrew Tozer is one of the leading contemporary painters in whose work the legacy of Impressionism resonates: landscapes are expressed with breathtaking immediacy,
fleeting impressions rendered in such a way as to capture the essence of what's there. His highly collected work has been shown exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and the
This show runs until the 8th March 2017 and all of Andrew's work can be viewed on our website.
With nearly half of this collection selling on the first day of opening this show has already been a huge success and is not to be missed!
Our current exhibition 'Sea Interludes' features a new collection of paintings by Robert Jones inspired by the musical sequences in Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes; Jones presents a response to these melodys with the paint itself, using the light to represent changing moods.
The recent series of seas and skies, painted in a format just off the square and reduced to a simple structure of clouds and water meeting over a low horizon, contain truths about the weather, which can be universally recognised. These are not merely paintings of the sea, but are about the experience of being at sea. They explore the subtle shifts of wind and water from a close viewpoint; they identify with the sea, seeming to contain symbolic truths about internal weather, about human moods and feelings. These nuances of mood can hardly be names, but they are nevertheless recognisable as states of being.These are paintings made in the studio over a long period of time, which are deliberations on past experience. While the content has been sorted and sifted, the freshness of touch remains. Each has a specific yet timeless presence.''- Robert Jones
Robert Jones was born in Newquay, Cornwall in 1943. He studied at Falmouth School of Art where he was taught by Francis Hewlett and Robert Organ. The impressions he gained of the area, the changing weather and light, wild seas and skies are a recurring theme in his work; an important formative influence providing the practical and theoretical foundations for his art.
Alongside Jones' paintings in the gallery are exclusive new sculptures by Peter Hayes and Reece Ingram.
At Beside The Wave London, we are very excited to be hosting our first solo exhibition for acclaimed artist Adrian Hemming.
The collection, the second in the artist's series of blue works, stems from an almost twenty-year fascination with a particular ultramarine:
'Ultramarine Blue is the blue of the Medieval Church, it's the blue of the Virgin Mary, it's the blue of the Princes and Popes of the Renaissance. It is the perfect blue made by grinding up the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli, and purifying it by a complex and difficult process. Sometimes referred to as True Blue, it was and still is one of the more expensive pigments (although now it is made from a chemical process). But I love it. I found my blue, called A19, in the form of big fat crayons manufactured by the Unison Company. I now buy kilo bags of the pure pigment A19 and make my own oil and watercolours. Originally I used it to represent the total blue sky of the Australian series. The Deluge painting demanded it and so this single colour has acquired more and more significance, culminating in the present show. It's paean to an ancient colour.' Extract from 'In conversation with Dr. Paul Williamson, Director V & A Museum'.
Adrian Hemming was born in Leicester in 1945. Following an apprenticeship as an engineer he travelled widely in Europe and developed an appreciation of landscape and a love of art.
On returning to England, Adrian was accepted onto the Foundation Course at Lincoln College of Art. His B.A. was completed at Brighton Polytechnic (1973) and his M.A. at Goldsmiths College, London University (1982).He co-founded Tichbourne Studios in Brighton and later founded the Angel Studios in London. He went on to establish Southgate Studios in the East End where he has been painting full time since 1990.
Adrian has twice been short-listed for the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. He has lectured and exhibited widely in England, Scotland, America and South Africa. His work can be found in many private and public collections as well as being on public view in Terminal One, Heathrow Airport, as a result of a major commission by BAA.
We are extremely proud to represent artist Miles Heseltine exclusively in our galleries and wanted to take the time, with the start of the New Year, to update all of the followers of his work on the impressive events of last year and plans of the year to come.
2016 was a noteworthy year for Miles with his first solo exhibition in London. The show marked the development in his drawings and paintings to become of equal focus, with his drawing informing his painting but also vice versa; and presented his brand new 'panorama' drawings, expressing the landscape with a visual sweep of his surroundings rather than a static view.
Also in the last year Miles was commissioned to produce several large-scale drawings of Bedruthan Steps for the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, where his work can currently be seen on permanent display.
In London, his work was used within a high-end interior design project in a converted bakery in Clapham by Amelia McNeil Design, which led to the drawing 'Penwith Woods' selling to a private collector.
This year, we have even bigger plans for Miles with a focus on presenting his work for public exhibitions and collections, a record five art fairs and a major exhibition split between Cornwall and London in May/June (26th May 14th June 2017).
Image features Miles in his studio.
One of our real highlights of 2016 was seeing all of the entries for our Art at Home competition, it was great way for us to see the wonderful ways in which our artwork has been displayed in your space.
Our top winning image was of a glorious Emma Dunbar hanging above a fireplace.The playful still life composition in this painting seems to spill out of the frame and into the living room, complementing the style and qualities of the interior perfectly.
We would like to thank all of you for your wonderful entries for this competition, they gave us so much joy and it was inspiring for us all to see the different ways that had curated your homes.
The image featured shows our winning interior for the competition, featuring an Emma Dunbar painting.
This week we have seen a couple of lovely features in The Herald online news page and Business Cornwall on Sarah Wimperis's involvement in 'Loving Vincent' a feature-length animation documenting the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. Sarah has been working with incredible patience and determination in Poland on this collaborative project and is the only british oil painter to take part from a total of 95 contributing artists from around the world.
Sarah reveals in Business Cornwall online that :
Gdansk couldn't be much more different from my home on the Helford - but it's a surprisingly beautiful city and this is an incredible experience I wouldn't have missed for the world. The extraordinary thing is that after four months and 180 paintings my work will make up about fifteen seconds of the film - that's teamwork!
You can find the full articles at the web pages below:
To keep up with news on Sarah's work:
Hannah Woodman is a contemporary British landscape painter. Based in Cornwall, she works from her studio on the South coast and exhibits regularly across the country. She has had a series of sell-out one woman shows and her work is held in public and private collections both at home and abroad. This collection sets to be one of her best featuring the every changing landscape within Cornwall through the seasons.
"This collection of work begun in Autumn 2015 and has charted the changing seasons since then to reflect the diversity of moods the region has to offer. From sunlit waves to snow drenched lanes, I've enjoyed exploring the weathers that tip the landscape from balmy and welcoming to foreboding and sometimes disarming. I hope these paintings conjure up similar feelings and experiences for the onlooker, and reflect the unique nature of Cornwall in all its guises. "
In June Beside The Wave had the opportunity to showcase a selection of our artists' work at Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. Our first Hampstead Fair was a huge success, selling works by every artist represented: Chris Rigby, Nigel Chamberlain, Andrew Tozer, Peter Hayes, Richard Tuff, Alasdair Lindsay and Sarah Wimperis.
This collection showcased Myles' skilful ability to creatively and instinctively depict the life that surrounds him; be that in the fields surrounding his home, or the floral arrangements filling his wife's studio. A particular focus on landscape comes from a recent move for the artist to central Cornwall where he has been busy exploring the open landscapes and skies of the North Coast around West Penwith and Zennor and studying the tidal changes around the Camel and Hayle Estuary.
This latest work also demonstrates further development into abstraction within Myles' work, strongly using form and colour to represent light and shade, depth and distance.
In my new work I've enjoyed playing with balancing abstraction and figuration while trying to capture these ever changing landscapes. I am interested in using a patchwork of colour and brushstrokes to represent light, movement and form.
Ali Tomlin has always drawn and designed and loves the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. She enjoys how just a simple line can completely change the feeling of a piece and we are thoroughly pleased we can showcase her ceramics at Beside The Wave Falmouth and in our London gallery.
Her new collection features thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. She throws and turns the pieces to a fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the porcelain a paper-like, tactile quality, where she applies her marks as spontaneously as possible. Preferring to work on the dry, chalky surface, she uses stains, oxides and slips, splashing or sponging away areas and inlaying lines, creating pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks. Sometimes this results in simple graphic marks and sometimes never ending abstract, landscape paintings or cityscapes, wrapping around the pots.
This exhibition featured a special collection of paintings and drawings by celebrated artist Nigel Chamberlain. These works showcase some of Nigel's most dramatic and powerful seascapes that evoke and capture the energy of the sea.
'Energy, form and, above all, light. These elements exist in an almost abstract form in waves and have been my inspiration for the past two years while living and painting in Cornwall.'
'Between Polruan and Polperro, there are seven miles of coastline without a single dwelling. The waves stand as a synecdoche of the wildness, energy and ever-changing light. Each day is different, each tide is different, each wave is unique.'
Alongside Nigel Chamberlain's exhibition we showcased Norman Yap's spotlight collection who is a new ceramicist to Beside The Wave. His ceramics reflect on the colours of the landscape and are fitting with Nigel Chamberlains stormy paintings.
Norman Yap is a British potter based in north London, specialising in thrown stoneware and porcelain. A member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, his work has been widely exhibited in galleries across the UK including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and commissions include the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Britain where his work in stoneware was chosen to be sold during the Late Turner exhibition in 2015.
We are proud to announce that one of our well known and established artists at the gallery Sarah Wimperis has taken part in the making of the feature-length animated film ' Loving Vincent' in which every frame is painted in oil in the style of Vincent Van Gogh himself. The film is currently being worked on by numerous artists who are able to showcase their skills within painting and document the life and controversial death of Van Gogh. Written and directed by Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela the film is set to be released in 2016.
This Spring we have been fortunate enough to play host to a fabulous collection of work by acclaimed Norweigan artist, Kristen Vestgard, in collaboration with Ren Fine Art.
Having had a successful show of Vestgard's unique paintings in 2014, the opportunity to hold a selection of new work was not to be missed. As a graduate of Falmouth University, Vestgard's link to the town remains strong with a large body of collectors and admirers.
Vestgard's work has an ephemeral yet incredibly strong feel about it; women, playfully dressed, staring straight out of the canvas with piercing eyes or fantastical scenes with wild animals and stricking female figures in stoic stances.
This particular collection is a glipmse of a dream-like world of softly focussed, mysterious characters and a muted, cool palette which reflects the artist's Nordic roots.
This April our London team exhibited at Chelsea Art Fair held in the incredibly beautiful Chelsea Town Hall.
Showcasing new work by some of our most well established artists, we were met with a wonderful response and were able to display both Cornish and London-inspired works.
Beside The Wave are very pleased to now offer a home visit service, whereby we will happily bring selected pieces of your choice to your home and hang in your chosen room for you to experience in situ.
This is a strictly no obligation service, though we do ask a cup of tea (or two) in return.
Work can be bought to any location within a 30 mile radius of each gallery.
For further information or to request a visit please contact us on the below details:
Beside The Wave Cornwall: 01326 211132
Beside The Wave London: 0207 7224161
Our team in London have been exhibiting a fantastic array of works on paper by some of our most loved artists.
Watercolour, graphite, etching and charcoal are amongst the mediums used by artists such as Amanda Hoskin, Sarah Wimperis, Paul Lewin and Richard Thorn.
The Works on Paper Fair marks the first of many shows Beside The Wave will be participating in during 2016, it's set to be a brilliant year!
We're delighted to be exhibiting the exciting and contemporary work of Cornwall-based artist, Kerry Harding in Beside The Wave Falmouth after her brilliant show held at Beside The Wave London in 2015
These beautiful oil paintings combine both photographic-like references to the Cornish land and sea, with expressive, energetic abstract marks. The combination creating an entirely unique depiction of the landscape which has long inspired artists.
The show shall run from 13th - 22nd February.
The opening of the long-awaited 'Nightview' by acclaimed artist Ashley Hold happened last week at Beside The Wave London.
The unveiling of Hold's 'Nightview: Reflections III' was the highlight of the evening, accompanied by a talk from the artist. A large crowd eagerly listened to Hold explaining the great perserverance and patience needed to complete such a work.
The work, which has been twenty years in the making, is a spectacular and unique self portrait of the artist, amidst a haze of reflections which show both the urban landscape outside his window and the interior of his artist studio.
Richard Tuff's longstanding relationship with Beside The Wave has mean't that his solo exhibitions are eagerly anticiptaed.
Beside The Wave London's current Special Collection of Tuff does not dissapoint, his recognisable and well-loved chalky gouache scenes have bought a great livliness and joy during the colder months.
His primarily earthy-toned collection has perfectly captured the wild and blustery Cornish Coast in Winter, with bare trees, cool skies and rough seas.
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new London Gallery, Beside the Wave London.
Based in beautiful Primrose Hill at 41 Chalcot Road, NW18LS, our stunning, light-filled new space has easy parking right outside the doorstep (free at weekends) and is surrounded by fantastic shops and restaurants so please come and see us soon!
We open at 11.00 am on Wednesday 13th May 2015 with a selection of work including work by Andrew Tozer, Sarah Wimperis, Miles Heseltine, Benjamin Warner and Mary Mabbutt. We are also previewing our 2015 Richard Tuff Solo Show in London with an evening opening on Friday 15th May and available to view the following day before it goes to Cornwall.
Work from both our Cornwall and London galleries will be available to view (and purchase) here on our website and all work featured in London will be marked as 'Beside The Wave London' so you will know where to find it.
We are so very much looking forward to exhibiting our fabulous collection of work from Cornwall in a city full of culture and creativity.
If you have any questions about this exciting announcement or would like any further details please do not hesitate to contact us on 01326 211132 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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