Beside The Wave
Dear followers & collectors,
These are challenging and uncertain times. We are currently following government guidelines to ensure the gallery is a safe space & all necessary precautions are being taken.
We are still here at the gallery, which will remain open until we are told otherwise. With a number of businesses in town being forced to close we want to continue to celebrate our current show for which two young hardworking artists have spent months preparing for.
Beside The Wave is a small business run by a tiny, dedicated and passionate team representing 50 artists - who are all small businesses in turn. We will continue to do everything in our power to support them. We ask if you can, to do the same. We will also be ensuring that we support and buy where we can from all the other incredible independents in our local community.
Wishing you, your families and your friends health. Let's look out for each other and weather this storm.
Artists Martha Holmes & Sarah Woods have both firmly secured their presence in the Cornish art scene, with both exhibiting across the South West and beyond in a series of solo and joint exhibitions since graduating from Falmouth University.
Both of the emerging artists are based in Cornwall, painting and drawing in plein-air, inspired by the Cornish landscape, and the changing forms between land and sky.
Through Holmes's paintings and Wood's etchings, this joint exhibition will see the artists exploring their surrounds, visiting familiar locations as well as new throughout the winter months in Cornwall. We're incredibly excited to reveal the work these talented artists have produced.
Come along on Thursday 12th March from 6 - 8pm at Beside The Wave Gallery
The soft light of daybreak and nightfall is refined to an old master quality by artist Benjamin Warner: winter symphonies of mauves and pinks saturate apparent "duo-chrome" compositions, which, when closely viewed reveal the myriad of colours that remain.
Form edges up to abstraction whilst remaining true to the places represented. The iconic lighthouse at the end of Smeaton's Pier in St. Ives is silhoeutted against the light - instantly recognisable and sparingly described.
'Winter Months' is the outcome of a working process which sees layers of paint repeatedly applied and scraped back, leaving the twinkle of winter lights at dusk, as the world settles down for the night. Focused on places intimately known to Warner, this is a collection of evocative and delicate paintings from an artist already recognised as one of the most powerful landscape painters working in Cornwall today.
We've unearthed some beautiful exclusive Silkscreen prints by some of our most established Cornish artists in the gallery including Richard Tuff & Amanda Hoskin. These rare prints are a cross between an original painting and a print, where the artists hand has been part of the organic process. These one off prints are the last editions of the limited edition silkscreen run.
Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a screen, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with coloured ink, and then a stroke along the length of the screen causes the screen to touch the paper under the screen momentarily. This causes the ink to push through the gaps in the mesh to print the image onto the paper and then the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.
Erin's paintings are inspired from visits to coastal regions, particularly the East Coast, Cornwall, and Norfolk, spending time walking the coastal paths. Areas where the sea meets the land and rivers, where salt water meets fresh water are a fascination, as well as hard rock against water, the meeting of two extremes.
Erin paints in an energetic, semi-abstract way using a limited palette; often mixing the colours directly onto the canvas, using rags, palette knives and sometimes her fingers, building up the paint from transparent washes to thick impasto in focal areas. We caught up with Erin to find out more about the collection.
Your paintings are full of energy and movement, how do you capture that emotion within your work from memory?
My energetic mark-making is my style which has developed over the years and I find if I am remembering a place, it's usually from a sense of atmosphere or the weather so it usually works out fine.
What started your connection with Cornwall? Did you visit as a child?
I first visited Cornwall as a child on a family holiday and that memory stayed with me, but it wasn't until my early twenties when I went on my own and walked the coastal paths did my love for Cornwall really start to develop. I have since returned as often as I can to walk and sketch and soak up the wonderful light and landscape.
What draws you to using acrylic paint in your work?
Acrylics are hugely versatile but are also non-toxic and the artist quality paints use lightfast pigments. They are fantastic to use to create thick impasto areas which still dry quickly but their versatility means that you can also use them in thin layers to give a watercolour effect and also to build up glazes.
They do dry quickly but I also work fairly quickly and it's a good challenge to get those lovely impasto marks down in one go.
What do you want the viewer to feel from your paintings?
I would love viewers to connect to a sense of atmosphere, and a sense of place in my paintings but mainly I would want them to take away an emotional response.
Who have been your influences whilst developing your artistic career?
Turner had a very early influence on me. I remember pouring over his watercolour studies for a project in school.
More recently I have been looking at the work of women painters of the Abstract Expressionism movement, in particular, Joan Mitchell, whose work I adore. I think I'm attracted to her energy and movement which plays a big part in my own work.
I also love the work of David Tress, whom I think is one of Britan's best contemporary landscape artists.
We're delighted to announce the first four exhibitions of 2020 at Beside The Wave Gallery, including our current Featured Artist Focus on semi-abstract painter Erin Ward.
The exciting calendar includes a solo show by Benjamin Warner with a new collection of representational work, a joint exhibition by emerging artists Martha Holmes and Sarah Woods as well as a solo exhibition of brand new paintings by Andrew Tozer.
Make sure you sign up to our mailing list for Private View invitations and exclusive preview catalogue opportunities for all of our exhibitions at the gallery.
30 years of Beside the Wave Gallery's Art in your homes
2019 is a special year for the Beside The Wave Gallery as it marks our 30th birthday.
So to celebrate, we'd love to see the wonderful artwork that's made its way from our home to yours over the years.
For our popular 'Art at Home' competition, we want to see your paintings on your walls, ceramics on your shelves or the jewellery you love to wear to be in with a chance of winning a £200 gift voucher to spend in the gallery or online.
The artwork must be by a Beside The Wave represented artist and can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Instagram by tagging @besidethewave. All entries must be submitted by Monday 11th November and the winners will be announced on Friday 15th November.
Competition T's & C's - The winner will be chosen by the gallery manager and will win £200 to spend at Beside The Wave gallery or online and runners up who will win £30. The vouchers will be valid for one year.
Richard Tuff has been represented by Beside The Wave since 1989 and since has gained a reputation as one of the most sought-after and admired landscape painters currently working in the county. Although most well-known for his paintings of Cornwall, foreign travel has been a regular theme in Richard Tuff's exhibitions at the gallery over the last 30 years. Spain, Italy, Morocco and France have all provided Tuff with a new perspective.
His ability to penetrate the real climate of a place is unrelenting, whether this is reflected in his black and white ink studies or his large-scale silk screens. Richard's handling of colour consistently reflects a talent for observation which is often underrated in a painter's arsenal.
Richard's work is an escape for the viewer-transporting you seamlessly to the place that lies within the painterly plane. So on the 30th anniversary of his work being represented by Beside The Wave, we caught up with Richard to find out more about his successful career as a landscape painter.
What does 30 years at Beside The Wave mean to you?
It has been good and reassuring to have stability through a changing career, although of course you only know this when looking back. It was not something that I knew would happen when I was starting out, but something I am very proud of.
You were very young when you first exhibited with Beside The Wave. What would your advice be to new artists starting their career?
When you are younger, I think it is easier to follow your own path. Although I did know a little art history, I was not really influenced by other artists, so my style, such as it is, came quite naturally.
Although there must be advantages in coming to art practice in later life, experience and knowledge is certainly a plus or minus thing.
What is it about Cornwall that inspires you so much? Is there a particular place in Cornwall that you feel the most creative?
When I started out, I used to paint all over Cornwall almost ticking off the places and trying to find subjects off the beaten track.
With time I have tended to return more and more to the subjects and places that we have got to know as a family and things that work for me.
What do you want the viewer to feel from your paintings?
Everyone likes to be liked, but actually, I think in painting, you cannot worry too much about the viewer because it gets in the way of the process.
What's next for your work?
Some of the paintings in this show are focused more on an atmosphere than structural subject. I would like to and am trying to bring some of that approach to my Cornish work.
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 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
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
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:
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
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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