I am next exhibiting at the Walcot Chapel Bath, with sculptor Lou Baker disquiet. 18-23rd September 11-5pm with an open event on Saturday 22nd 2-5pm. All welcome.
disquiet is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Clare Thatcher and Lou Baker, who are showing together for the first time at Walcot Chapel in Bath. Although they use very different materials and processes they recognise similarities in their work and, for this exhibition, they have made some new pieces in response to one another’s work.
Come and join us this week to see our exhibition of paintings and drawings at Christmas Steps gallery, Bristol BS1 5BS. We are 2 artists Clare Thatcher & Shirley Sharp, from Bristol exhibiting together for the first time Liminal Space-thresholds of mind and place . We hung the work yesterday and are very happy with how it sits well together.
It was so exciting to be part of the Royal West of England Academy varnishing day lunch & private view yesterday. Meeting other exhibiting artists & seeing my work hung on a red wall. Stunning & they both sold. How amazing is that!! Exhibition runs until 27 November
I went with a group of students from Bath Spa University and The Royal Academy London to The Simon Lee Gallery in London to meet artist Dexter Dalwood, to talk about the meaning behind his London Paintings Exhibition. He said it is about finding a language for what you are interested in.
From this visit I learnt his work; is imagery about a place, a little like but not really. It is an alternative vision-not sights of London, a shift from the obvious to something else. London Paintings are a series of work over 2 years. He talked about his theme of London as a subject and his time spent in it and about other painters who have painted London before.
I always struggle with putting a title to my work, Dexter made an interesting comment that his titles do not have a direct connection.
Using the wall as my canvas I played with sitting surfaces next to each other, re-arranging them to explore different thoughts and meanings. I have focused on selecting and presenting work that best represents my intention, the allusion of place with a deep sense of feeling and emotion. I have learnt that the space changes the work. I have arrived at two separate assemblages that are in conversation, representing where I am now. It was important to include elements from and of place.
Transience of place I
Transience of place II
I recommend a visit to the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 The Wilson Gallery at Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery. This is the first time The Wilson Gallery has shown the Jerwood Drawing Prize, it travelled from Jerwood Visual Arts Centre in London. I found it interesting seeing the exhibition shown in a different venue. I think the venue changes how the exhibition is viewed, the space, building, layout and location give a different feel and meaning to the work.
I think the exhibition raises questions about drawing. What is drawing? This is the first time a sound piece has been a winner. I was interested to see a paper cut was selected for the show representing another form of drawing. I noticed there is an element of the unfinished and space in many of the works, part drawing, part painting in oils or watercolour, minimal and the composition often going off the page. The works are ambiguous, alternative even the representational drawings offer something different. The perspective of a pencil drawing looking up a tree and the pencil drawing of an interior turned upside down.
I recommend a visit to Victoria Art Gallery Bath to see Edwina Bridgeman Ship of Fools Exhibition.
This is an exhibition in a respected art gallery that appeals to children as well as adults, crossing the boundary of art and craft. It has me asking questions. What is art? Do you need to bring a certain knowledge to understand it? I think anything can be art in the right context.
The installation is interactive, naive, which brings a connection with play, childlike and children.
The more time I spend looking I appreciate each figure as an individual character with its own personality. The exhibition has informed me of another way to use found materials and objects to create other forms.