The Alverton Gallery’s featured artist for August/September 2015 was Chris Tate, mentioned in The Cornishman newspaper 20 August 2015 with this article:
Tate at the Alverton with Art of Storytelling
An artist whose fine attention to detail gives his work a highly distinctive and instantly recognisable identity, Carnon Downs based artist Chris Tate is now enjoying an exhibition of his paintings in the Alverton Gallery, Penzance.
One who studied at the Falmouth School of Art where he gained a degree in illustration, since then he has overcome what might be described as one of life’s challenges and now has a considerable following and reputation for his work. Growing up and being educated in Cornwall, he confesses how he has always been particularly interested in architecture and the built environment saying: “Cornwall for me isn’t just about the sea. It’s about the towns, villages and random buildings.”
Inspired by reportage styles, and paintings as a means of storytelling, although he has exhibited at the Lander Gallery in Truro for several years, this is the first time he has shown in Penzance. Well worth a visit, admission is free, and Chris Tate’s paintings can be seen in the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, 9.30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, until September 25th.
The Alverton Gallery’s exhibited artist for July 2015 was Stewart Kent who featured in the Cornishman newspaper 2 July 2015 with this article:
Tomorrow sees the opening in the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, of an exhibition by local artist Stewart Kent. 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. But these are happy memories not near disasters.” Whatever his medium, whether mixed media oil or watercolour, his pictures capture and convey a pleasing sense of place, reflect his affection for his subject matter, and are immensely appealing. Well worth a visit, it can be seen in the Alverton Gallery from 3 July until July 30.
The Alverton Gallery’s exhibited artist for June 2015 was June Hicks who featured in the Cornishman newspaper 11 June 2015 with this article:
For his first featured artist, Roger Driscoll, the new owner of the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, has chosen one of Penwith’s most celebrated printmakers June Hicks.
It was at Penzance School of Art that she came under the influence of its then principal and master printmaker E Bouverie Hoyton and other such talented artists as John Tunnard and Sue Lewington. A founder member of the Penwith Printmakers, as well as exhibiting at various venues throughout Cornwall, she also set up her own workshop and small gallery near Land’s End.
One who has long been renowned for her prints and paintings, works in which she applies the lessons she applied under the tutelage of E Bouverie-Hoyton and his staff, in particular the need for fine observation and the importance of careful and precise technique, her detailed compositions are a delight. Whatever her subject matter, whether the interior of a garden shed or a canal in Venice, or closer at home an impression of perhaps Newlyn or Lamorna, she has the ability to capture and convey a sense of both the place itself and the moment when the print or painting was conceived.
Classical landscape printmaking at its best, well worth a visit, admission is free and works of June can be seen until the end of the month.
Carol Lander from Penzance must be one of this country’s leading exponents of the art of linocut printmaking. From reduction and multiblock prints she evokes the wonderful tones and shapes of our landscapes by producing crisp multi- layered prints.
Having always wanted to be an artist it took the trauma of the necessity and receiving of a kidney transplant 21 years ago to bounce her into turning her aspirations into reality. She started at home using the back of a spoon to apply the pressure necessary to achieve a good print before she earned enough to purchase a proper press.
Nowadays she completes far more sophisticated images as each print can go through the press up to fifteen times to achieve the wonderful build up of colours that make her pictures so special. She and her partner, Patrick, spend hours walking the Cornish landscape enjoying the ever changing scenes and weather!
A selection of her new prints along with some of her old favourites are being featured at The Alverton Gallery during the month of April. Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 to 5 barring bank holidays.
More about Carol:
I was born in Kent but Cornwall is my spiritual home. I always knew I would be an artist, though it has taken a long time getting there! I left school, married and had my daughter early; life had other plans. But Cornwall makes artists, particularly St Ives, and whatever I found myself doing the light and the landscape got to me. And so I became an artist. I make my multi-coloured linoprints in my studio at home, and live happily with my partner. My lovely daughter is nearby.
Keith wanders across the north coast of West Cornwall and particularly at Porthmeor Farm to meet his subjects. He then brings a particular facility to representing the way light catches the wool on his sheep or the eyelashes of his lonesome cows – the results are very lovable.
Laura Hodgson returns to The Alverton Gallery for an August showing of her atmospheric paintings of the cliffs and moors near Botallack.
‘I love how the world continually forms, dissolves and reforms as we watch. I am driven to recapture this entrancing play of detail, texture and colour – I love to create a surface that moves and changes with the viewers’ eye, where both deliberate detail and spontaneous impression are united by the natural evolution of media on canvas.
My work is about the sensation of place, often exploring an enclosed area – where despite a humble location such as a hedgerow, the variety of lichens, mosses, grasses and bursting clouds of blooms provide a delightful tangle of subjects. This season I have been chasing summer colours, sketching outdoors and enjoying the sense of nearness to the earth, insects and wonderful growing things; I have tried to express this physically on to my canvas surface, along with carving out the essence of ancient granite, and conjuring wide summer skies. My home area near Botallack provides a rich and lovely resource.’
With her unique visual language, using gel and metallic acrylics, she conjures the openness and wildness of her subject and presents us with memorable reminders of this wonderful landscape.
Exhibition runs August 2nd to 31st, Monday to Saturday 9.30 to 5.
Janet Groves brings her individual visual language to The Alverton Gallery this November. Whether it is the continuing saga of the life of Edgar Nevermore, the Raven, rendered in jewel-like colours or the re-visioning of impressionist masterpieces, Janet demonstrates the skill that had her voted into membership of the prestigious Birmingham Art Circle. She regularly exhibits with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists as well as in galleries across Cornwall and the country. Having devoted most of her life to raising children, she was inspired by the late Colin Scott at Penzance Art School to see the other side of everyday life. This leads to a gentle humorous take on fairy tales and other illustrated stories, not as laugh-out-loud as last month’s Absurdist exhibition but just as liberating. Her work is held in collections both in this country and abroad.