Beside The Wave
We are celebrating 30 years of Beside the Wave this year and this will be celebrated in style in the summer months with a wide variety of shows and events! Already this year we have had a considered and charismatic show of Richard Tuff paintings and drawings as well as an atmospheric show of Alan Stratford's big seas and sky paintings. Looking forward we will be working with Falmouth school of art tutors as well as displaying collections of works from Ben Warner, Amanda Hoskin and Miles Heseltine and also curating a guest artist Abstract show.
As we look back across thirty years we are celebrating some of most well known and established artists who have been represented by us for a considerable period of time. These artists show how passionate we are about supporting sustainable relationships with makers in a way which pioneers individualism and craftsmanship. As a gallery, we are interested in the practicalities and physicality of artwork, we aim to cultivate a gallery which represents our interests in contemporary impressionism driven by natural landscape.
This group show celebrates our female gallery artists and their work. Coinciding with International Women's Day, 8th March 2018. Artists include Amy Albright, Emma Dunbar, Nancy Crewe, Helen Jones, Siobhan Purdy, Erin Ward, Sarah Wimperis, Sarah Woods, and new to the gallery, Martha Holmes. Martha is currently studying in her final year of her degree at Falmouth University and we just couldn't resist her beautiful flower still life paintings when we first saw them.
"I am a painter based in Falmouth. My work takes inspiration from the rich colours and light found within the Cornish coast and landscape, working both en plein air as well as still life from my studio space.
The nature of my work allows me to explore and travel around the coast, seeking spots to paint and record the changing lanscape. The abstract and expressive nature of my landscape work has influenced my still life painting, using a similar method to document the structure of colour and light within the compositions. I always work from life, with foliage often picked from different places along the coast or close to where I paint in Falmouth. Process and the space I work in has always been important to me - working directly within the landscape or with the subject matter of a still life allows me to fully engage with my work." - Martha Holmes February 2018
This new exhibition sees the artist explore a new journey within paint, focusing on Abstract panels. We saw the first paintings created for this collection back in November and loved them.
Benjamin Warner is an artist renowned for his depictions of imposing coastal scenes, remote, inhabited and industrial, and spectacular urban landscapes. Painted at the beginning and end of the day in the half light of dawn and dusk, these works, reminiscent of Whistler, approach abstraction. Until now, however, Warner has remained on the threshold that stands between representation and abstraction; nevertheless, the gift of a number of unfinished panels painted by his art lecturer father (who had himself taken up abstract painting) has provided the springboard from which Warner felt able to explore his own ideas. Despite a number of the panels having little more than a colour ground or a touch of texture, they had a profound impact and gave Warner a starting point for his own creative journey, from figurative works, engrained in place, towards paintings that have been completely abstracted from their figurative roots.
"I hope this new work still has the qualities that I strive for in my representational work of a refined palette, interesting paint surface and a overal timeless quality" - Benjamin Warner
A massive congratulations to gallery artist Sarah Wimperis and all the Loving Vincent team on their Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards 2018, we would like to wish them the best of luck for the Oscars 2018.
We are thrilled to announce we now have a selection of 10 limited edition prints and one original painting by the highly acclaimed artist Jamie Medlin in the gallery and online.
Based in Cornwall, Jamie's time painting is split between his two favourite subjects - seascapes and yachting. There has been continued success with his yacht paintings at Christies in London where he auctions in their Maritime sales.This exposure has led to a worldwide following and commissions from some of the biggest marine collectors in the world, with a host of publications featuring Jamie's work. All of his limited edition prints are from original oil paintings on canvas.
More recently I have returned to painting the scenes and views within our wonderful county. The simple aim is to do justice to the beauty which has inspired people forever and continues to bring people back to visit, (who are not lucky enough to live here), year after year. I'm fascinated by the nuances of light, from minute to minute; affected by the time of day, weather conditions, seasons and tides. All these factors combine to create an infinite possibility of effects and scenes, all of which can be pleasing to the viewer. Cornwall's beauty is unquestionably stunning, if I can replicate it, my job is almost done. - Jamie Medlin
See our prints page to view all of Jamie's prints.
The first fully painted feature length animation 'Loving Vincent' is set to be released on October 13th, we can't wait to see gallery artist Sarah Wimperis's scene she painted for the film. The Film documents the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh with the films animation in the style of his famous works of art. Amazingly the film is constructed of 65,000 oil paintings. Sarah spent five painstaking months working on the film in Gdansk at the beginning of 2017 and was the only British artist involved in the making of the film.
To coincide with the release of the film Sarah is having a solo exhibition 'Light and Heat' in our London gallery which starts on the 12th October 2017, where we will also be hosting a private view with Sarah in attendance. The works that will be featured in this exhibition are inspired by her experience working on 'Loving Vincent'. To produce these new paintings Sarah spent her summer immersing herself in the colours and light of the South of France, where Van Gogh once lived and worked.
Sarah has recently been on BBC Breakfast, ITV westcountry and on international new stages promoting the film, with features in national and local newspapers. She will be involved in the Q and A at the National Gallery in London after the screening of the Loving Vincent premiere on Monday 9th October.
Copy and paste the link here into your browser to see a short clip of Sarah on BBC breakfast talking about Loving Vincent: https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/914233412826759170/video/1
Established in Falmouth in 1989, the Beside The Wave galleries have always been in the perfect position to keep a close eye on the impressive talent coming out of the town's acclaimed specialist arts university. A key player in the national and international creative scene, Falmouth University was founded in 1902 as the Falmouth School of Art, developing then into Falmouth College of Art and Design until it received university status. Through its history, the school has received support from leading artists such as Dame Barbara Hepworth, worked with renowned artists as lecturers such as Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost and produced award-winning alumni including Turner-prize nominee Tacita Dean.
Celebrating our artists' connection to the acclaimed Falmouth University; after the success of Beside The Wave London's show in 2015, we have made the exhibition even bigger and it will be hosted across both our galleries at the same time. The exhibition features eighteen painters and two ceramists that have graduated from Falmouth University, in its various stages, over the last six decades, including: the highly acclaimed Cornish artist Robert Jones who graduated from the Falmouth School of Art in 1964, award-winning painter Danny Markey who studied there for his Foundation Diploma in 1983 84; and the notable emerging artist Jon Doran who graduated with a first-class degree in Fine Art in 2014.
One third of the Beside The Wave's represented artists studied at Falmouth University and the group is added to with work by three new artists to the gallery, current university student Megan Fatharly and recent graduates Brom Irwin and Kitty Hillier.
Our annual Summer Show is now open until the 30th August!
This vibrant and varied collection features brand new work by gallery artists Emma Dunbar, Philip Hogben, Helen Jones and Richard Thorn. There's also a chance to catch highlights of our latest collections from Myles Oxenford and Richard Tuff.
We are also thrilled to be welcoming Krowji based artist Lizzy Bridges; who's work was so well received at Beside The Wave London last year.
'Home Again' is open until the 19th July and features a new series of paintings by Sarah, depicting scenes around her home and near the Helford. These pieces are produced en plein air, with larger works using studies as reference which are then completed in her studio.
Sarah now spends her time travelling, painting and teaching across the UK and Europe. She is a keen sketchbook keeper and has recently begun releasing these exquisite books, with each page an original painting, as final works themselves. The latest two can be found as part of this collection.
Home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are. Having spent five months living and working in a place far from home the colours and textures of home suddenly seem all the more vibrant. I have found much joy in relaxing back into subjects that I know and love. Familiar places and themes reoccurring. Gardens that belong to friends, gardens that I visit often, both in Cornwall and further afield. The Helford River from the water and from the paths that run alongside. Coming home feels so good! Sarah Wimperis 2017
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.
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:
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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.
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
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.
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