Our Bob Bourne exhibition opened this weekend with a Private View on Friday evening and a Pop-Up Restaurant on Saturday to celebrate the artist’s eightieth birthday. Both lively and successful affairs, Bourne’s painting set a suitably celebratory air to the proceedings.
All true artists are unique individuals and Bob Bourne fits into this category without doubt.
His work stands out in many ways not least through its appearance of simple forms and pure colour.
However, this apparent straightforwardness disguises a serious application of a quietly, sophisticated sensibility – the paintings evolving slowly over a period of time.
Bourne has been pursuing his ‘poetic’ vision with dedication for over 50 years, most of it spent in West Cornwall.
Although representational, these pictures are an orchestration of colour and shape that work equally well as abstract paintings, capable of triggering a deeper emotional response.
Although Bob Bourne is relatively undiscovered at eighty, he has had numerous exhibitions previously, not least in prestigious London galleries in the 70s and 80s, this is the first comprehensive show for a number of years.
We believe his work deserves to be seen by a wider audience, and hopefully this exhibition will help to broaden the appreciation and enjoyment of Bob Bourne’s paintings.
Our exhibition of paintings by Bob Bourne opens with a Private View tomorrow (Friday 14th October 2011) between 6 – 8pm. Here is a little preview of the exhibition installed in the gallery. The exhibition can also be viewed on the gallery website here.
We opened our new show(s) this time last week. It’s a great joint exhibition (solo by Alice Mumford and solo by John Emanuel), and it was a great opening. You can view each exhibition from the home page.
In the foreground, the polyptych oil 'Quarters', c 1978.
The Tom Cross show opened with great enthusiasm. Ten minutes into the private view and the show was very busy with fantastic feedback and a great atmosphere.
The paintings in the show are arranged chronologically and so provide and insight into the artist’s work. Many visitors have seen the work because the exhibition has been part of the St. Ives September Festival. Also many people have arrived who knew Tom or have wanted to know more about his work.
If you have the chance, please do come along to our launch for Bob Crossley’s autobiographical account of his early years in Lancashire. Bob – now in his 98th year – has not been too well of late, but is hopeful of being in the gallery for the early part of the evening. Bob has signed a box of books for us, and you’ll find them available tonight. Gallery open from 6 – 8pm.