Jessica Cooper & Sarah Woods – Artist notes, Portraits & Gallery Tour

Today the gallery has opened two exhibitions:

Jessica Cooper ‘Reflecting Images‘ &
Sarah Woods ‘The Edge of the Land

4 – 20 May online only, view catalogues on ISSUU @ https://issuu.com/belgravestives

Jessica Cooper. Cornish Artist. Contemporary Artist.
Jessica Cooper in her studio

Cooper The paintings in this exhibition are informed by three specific places and periods of time. A number of the works are executed on canvas –a support and surface with which I am familiar –representing safety, in a certain sense. The others employ wood panels –something of a voyage into the unknown –leading to experimentation and the highlighting of a certain abstraction in the work. These latter works are left unframed, imbuing them with a sense of freedom, breathing space and a lack of restriction. These important qualities are echoed thematically in the subject matter of some of the paintings.The abstracted trapezoid shape that appears in a number of the works originates in a section of a bridge/walkway leading to a beach on the Los Angeles coast. Like the bridge, the shape represents a link, and can thus be found reappearing in paintings regardless of the particular subject. Other objects or shapes in the works have become more isolated, in one sense, or perhaps connected by the space between them, in another. My usual colour palette has shifted to become more limited and muted, with subtle tones and the exploration of different shades, in particular yellows, pinks and browns, which are broadly new to me.Using drawings, photographs and memories, these works have taken a longer time to execute than formerly, using thought, reflection and the re-reading of contemporaneous notes to take myself back to specific times and places, and then using the resulting feelings to create a new sense of purpose and calmness in the work; perhaps an authority, even.

Jessica Cooper. Paintings on canvas and woodpanel. Los Angeles. Cornwall. Belgrave St Ives.

Sarah Woods in Cornish Studio. Painter and printmaker. Belgrave St Ives. Contemporary Art.
Sarah Woods in her studio.

Woods I find most of my inspiration in the simple forms of the coastline surrounding the studio, often towards Zennor and to the North Cliffs of Cornwall. There’s a feeling of openness when you reach the coast that brings balance and calm. The rhythm of the landscape can restore and influence us, as well as bring a focus to the way we work within the environment.This collection of paintings and prints brings attention to the process of making, the method of mark making, and the act of repeating a single movement to represent minimal and balanced observations. The paintings focus on the simple notion of repeating a single mark. Every element is worked by hand, and each piece features a sewn line between the canvas, often suggesting the landscape in the form of a diptych. As each tone is layered, I visualise the landscape in areas of light and dark, similar to the method of mark making in my drawings and prints. The lines of an etching signify something meditative in the landscape. A methodical process of observing and drawing the coast, reflecting the balance that being beside the water brings. The motion of the water seems to echo the methodical lines of my drawings with focus on movement, feeling and repetition. Something structured but also intuitive is reflected in the process of working on a print. Each print begins with a sketchbook drawing that is slowly worked into an etching, and printed to a limited edition in the studio. When working with a plate my practice of printmaking focuses on the movement of ink and the direction of hand-drawn lines, becoming familiar with the marks that are unique to each piece.

Sarah Woods. Prints and Paintings. Belgrave St Ives..

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You can tour the exhibitions in our 3D virtual gallery space. This gives you a great way to visit Gallery 1 on the fly! It will also help you see the work in context, as the work is framed and sized. Click here and make a cuppa while it loads and then you can take your time and explore.  And don’t forget you can find full details of the exhibitions on the front page of our website too.

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HISTORICAL SELLING EXHIBITION – ST IVES MODERNISM

PRESS RELEASE
ST IVES EXHIBITION 2020
30 Mar – 20 Apr 2020, Belgrave St Ives

The largest exhibition to date by the gallery sees over 100 works by 50 artists associated with St Ives Modernism. It brings together key figures like W Barns-Graham, Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson with lesser known names such as John Barnicoat, Bob Bourne, Jeffrey Harris and Inez Hoyton.

Hilton_Untitled_Chickens_1973_SmRoger Hilton Untitled (Chickens) Gouache and charcoal; 38.5 x 56 cms

It is 22 years since the Belgrave Gallery (established London 1974) opened a second gallery in St Ives to specialize in showing the work of artists associated with Cornwall from 1930s to the present day. Following the inaugural exhibition in 1999 ‘St Ives – The Modern Movement’ the gallery has presented an annual exhibition of accessible paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture by the leading artists of this period shown alongside less well known but interesting artists working at the same time.

This annual exhibition, usually held in the Spring, has gained something of a reputation among art collectors interested in St Ives Modernist Art, making it an important port of call whether visiting Cornwall or through the comprehensive printed exhibition catalogue and gallery website.

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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Underwater Movement Pen, ink and wash; 19.5 x 26.5 cms

Artists included: John Barnicoat, W. Barns-Graham, Max Barrett, Trevor Bell, Anthony Benjamin, Sandra Blow, Bob Bourne Charles Breaker, Max Chapman, Tom Cross, Bob Crossley, Alan Davie, Michael Finn, Clifford Fishwick, Terry Frost, Jeffrey Harris, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Inez Hoyton, Bryan Ingham, Peter Lanyon, Jeremy Le Grice, Bernard Leach, Janet Leach, Padraig Mac Miadhachain, Margo Maeckelberghe, Margaret Mellis, John Milne, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, Kate Nicholson, Simon Nicholson, Harry Ousey, John Anthony Park, Victor Pasmore, Bryan Pearce, Douglas Portway, William Scott, Michael Snow, Troika Pottery, Doris Vaughan, John Wells, Karl Weschke and Guy Worsdell

The show will be held in all gallery exhibition spaces. A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available. Higher resolution images are available for print.

#StivesModernism @belgravestives

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Jeffrey Harris Dalesman Oil and pencil on Masonite; 29 x 32 cms

NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information and images, please contact Richard Blackborow:

Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE

richard@belgravestives.co.uk    tel. 01736 794888

Hoyton_SurfOnACornishBeach_SmInez Hoyton Surf on a Cornish Beach Oil on board; 41 x 51 cms

ENDS

 

Belgrave @ British Art Fair

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20 – 23 Sept 2018

The British Art Fair has just opened at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY. Please  do come and see us on the Second Floor, Stands 36 & 38, (illustrated above) if you can.

As well as the extraordinary sculpture Two Forms in Echelon 1961 by Barbara Hepworth, you will also find works by Robert Adams, W. Barns-Graham, Sven Berlin, Sandra Blow, Paul Feiler, Terry Frost, Patrick Hayman, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, Kate Nicholson, Bryan Pearce, Brian Rice, William Scott, John Wells and others.

You can view a selection of the works on our website here, but the show is much better experienced by a visit. Please contact the gallery if you would like a complimentary eVitation.

Camberwell in St Ives

A snippet of the visitors at the

40 Years of Painting, Camberwell Students and Teachers, 1945 – 1985

There was too much happening to capture everyone but the below at the beginning and end of the night, hints at the wonderful Private View evening we had, and that many travelled from afar. Thank you to everyone for helping this to happen. (St Ives Society of Artists have more photographs.)

Jason Lilley – ‘For Jumbo’

Jason Lilley 'For Jumbo' 2010
Jason Lilley 'For Jumbo' 2010

‘For Jumbo’  to help put the Jumbo back on track

Stunned by news of the recent theft of their trailer, Cornish artist Jason Lilley has presented the St.Ives Jumbo Association with ‘For Jumbo’- a monumental work (5’8″ x 3′ 1″) which he produced specifically to “help put them back on track”. He added “The incomprehensible act of stealing from a charity must not be allowed to detract from their long term ideals.”

“The ideals of our Association, which include the emphasis we place on ‘community’ rather than ‘tourism’, clearly strike a chord with Jason and many of his colleagues.” said spokesman, Jonny Nance.  ‘We are immensely grateful and hugely encouraged by Jason’s extraordinary act of creative generosity.”

‘For Jumbo’ will go on sale for £2500 shortly at The Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives to coincide with the September Festival. The gallery has also offered to donate part of their commission.

Further information available on the gallery website here

Salmagundi – Behind The Scenes

Work is continuing apace to hang both the Salmagundi Mixed Exhibition in Gallery One and the John Wells Works On Paper show in Gallery Two. I just thought I’d share some behind the scenes images of work-in-progress with you…

The show is going to look great when we’ve finished…a really lively assortment of strong work by our Contemporaries, interspersed with a few Modern British works. You can see an image by each of the exhibiting artists here. The John Wells Show, which is all online here, is starting to hit the walls…more of that anon.

Long overdue

A posting about what’s been happening in the gallery is somewhat overdue! Despite it being a quiet time in St Ives, there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes with planning for our 2010 exhibition schedule. Most of that is now in place and more comprehensive details thereon will be released soon.

In the meantime, I thought I might just alert you to keep an eye out for our next exhibition catalogue, which should land on your doorstep in 10 days or so. We are hosting a Print Show in February with some 50+ works involved. There are Modern British, St Ives Modern, Contemporary and Urban works in the show, which should garner a good deal of interest. The works we’ve selected for the show are very accessible in terms of price, and there are some really nice pieces in the show. Names include Aitchison, Banksy, Blow, Brodzky, Blek, Cockrill, Emanuel, Faile, Dalwood, Evans, Frost, Gross, Hepworth, Ingham, Gear, Hughes, Poland, Scott, Wells and many more.

Other dates for your diary include 18th to 24th February, when the gallery will be showing at the 20/21 Internation Art Fair at The Royal College of Art, London. The gallery is participating in this art fair for the first time, on stand no. 40. Please contact us if you’d like to receive a complimentary invitation.