St Ives artist Christine Brunnock called in to the gallery recently with some new paintings including this one on aluminium panel; hopefully the photo does justice to the floating three-dimensional effect she achieves.
The Cornish coast, along with a vivid imagination, provides Christine with continual inspiration, assisting the need to communicate without words. “I mainly use acrylic paint and sometimes mixed media and I process my thoughts, memories and perception of a coastal walk or visit to the beach. I use brushes, palette knives and whatever else to hand to make marks. I continue to evolve and I like to play and experiment with ideas, creating drama or serenity; sharing my own subconscious awareness of coastal experiences.”
Article from The Cornishman newspaper 25 February 2016 announcing our forthcoming Ali Cockrean Exhibition “Chasing Waves”:
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Artist Chasing Waves at the Alverton Gallery
Commissioned by the BBC in 2012 to paint the royal River Pageant, live from the Millennium Bridge, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Ali Cockrean’s painting from that historic day is now on show in Penzance at The Alverton Gallery. This will be the painting’s first appearance in Cornwall. It was last exhibited alongside David Hockney’s work in London. Her paintings are collected by art lovers worldwide, appearing in prestigious exhibitions at The Mall Galleries and Cork Street among many others.
“During March and April, the Jubilee painting will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition, ‘Chasing Waves’, featuring Ali’s work as an expressionist land and seascape painter,” said Roger Driscoll, Gallery Director at the Alverton. “Her images are so atmospheric and compelling. We are absolutely delighted to be adding Ali’s work to the body of highly talented artists we represent.”
Living locally, Cornwall provides the inspiration for Ali’s work, which is all about capturing intense mood and atmosphere. “I prefer to work entirely from memory, choosing not to jog my recollections of places by sketching, looking at photographs or taking notes,” she said. “Spontaneity is crucial – it creates the energy and captures the spirit of the place. I hugely enjoy the roller coaster of ups and downs as a painting ebbs and flows to completion, hence the title of the show, ‘Chasing Waves’.
The Exhibition runs 1st March to 15th April 2016, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5 pm at The Alverton Gallery Penzance. See www.thealvertongallery.co.uk
Laura Hodgson’s “Forgotten Field” may have left the gallery but we will remember it very fondly. In addition to her paintings already for sale on our website, we have new paintings by her on our gallery walls and soon these will be available to view and buy online as well.
Laura lives in West Cornwall and her paintings capture the rugged and varied landscapes which surround her. Through her application of paint she creates a unique and textured finish to her vibrant and varied paintings.
Here is the press release for our forthcoming exhibition of Laura Hodgson paintings entitled “Painting a Tapestry of West Penwith.”
Talk to Botallack artist, Laura Hodgson, about what inspires her wonderful landscape paintings of West Penwith and you notice that she threads words more associated with textiles, than painting, into her conversation. She talks about “stitching togethertraditional elements” and seeing the countryside as a “wonderful living tapestry”.
“Delve under the surface of these phrases…” comments Roger Driscoll, Director at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance, “…and you will find that Laura’s work is influenced by childhood memories of her equally talented mother, Chris Maunder, an inspiring textile artist and printmaker.” Laura remembers being surrounded by beautiful fabrics and embroidery as a youngster and has no doubt herself that this plays an enormous part in her approach to her own painting.
“I can remember looking at the weaves in fabrics and being fascinated by the detail, colours and textures created,” Laura explains. “In my own paintings, I love tiny details; the minute texture of ancient granite and its lichen and mosses, or the delicate structure of skeletal seed heads in Autumn. Such observations are crucial elements in my paintings of ancient pathways, field systems and hedges.” Laura incorporates threadlike lines in relief, which adds energy and further complexity to her atmospheric reflections of how Cornish heritage and history still influences Penwith’s dynamic and ever-changing landscape today.
Entitled “Painting a Tapestry of West Penwith’, Laura’s exhibition runs at The Alverton Gallery from June 7th to 29th July 2016 Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5 pm
We sent off “Below Pendeen” by Stewart Kent to it’s new home up country today. As it would happen Stewart has been busy painting and has brought in four beautiful new pieces for the gallery, details to follow soon!
Stewart is a largely self-taught artist, whose fondness for fishing boats and harbour scenes has led him to having his work exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London, so many of his paintings have been snapped up by visitors that his works now form part of private collections all over the world.
He paints en plein air, in the great outdoors and said: “It has its drawbacks, of course, but I enjoy the challenge. I’ve had my easel blown over more times than I can count, and have been so engrossed in what I’m doing that I’ve nearly been cut off by the tide.”