ERIC WARD ‘About St Ives’: Installation

 

ERIC WARD ‘About St Ives’ opened with a Zoom Private View on Saturday 13th June and runs until 4th July.

Following the easing of some government restrictions protecting us against the coronavirus, the gallery is now able to admit visitors to view the exhibition. To maintain social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure safety for visitors and staff, access will be controlled. We shall be operating limited opening times throughout June, so please contact the gallery to confirm the gallery is open or to make an appointment to view.

Interested in art from an early age, Ward is a natural painter working in the tradition of the Realist, plein air painters, and can often be seen painting in St Ives using his trusted pochade painting box. Eric began painting in 1985 at the St Ives School of Painting and has been an active member of the St Ives Society of Artists for many years.

As well as examples of his signature views of St Ives, for this exhibition we asked Eric to consider views of St Ives painted historically by some of the artists that have inspired him, including Arnesby Brown, William Cave Day, John Anthony Park, Leonard Richmond, Borlase Smart, W.H.Y. Titcombe and Terrick Williams, and to reinterpret those views in his own style.

Please view individual works in the exhibition by visiting the gallery website here.

The Storm After The Calm – Summer Waves PV

The Private View for our Summer Waves exhibition was a lively affair made more lively by a fulsome flow of Sangria. Many of the artists involved in the show were in attendance, several others sent apologies for absence, others were simply AWOL!

The range of work in the show is very wide, as you’d expect in a mixed show of some 42 artists, and the overall quality is very high. The show includes works by: Jeremy Annear, Nicky Basford, Frank Beanland, Bill Bolger, Martyn Brewster, Chris Buck, Judy Buxton, John Charles Clark, Maurice Cockrill, Jessica Cooper, Henrietta Dubrey, John Emanuel, Lucy Foakes, Anthony Frost, Luke Frost, Jeremy Gardiner, Marie-Claire Hamon, Rebecca Harvey, Liz Hough, Chris Insoll, Mary Mabbutt, Daphne McClure, Bernard Irwin, Dan Kelly, Sue Kennington, Ffiona Lewis, Jason Lilley, Jane Macmiadhachain, Felicity Mara, Christopher Marvell, Alice Mumford, Colin Orchard, Sarah Poland, Brian Rice, Graham Rich, Karen Wade, Amanda Wallwork, Linda Weir and Phil Whiting.

VIEW SELECTED WORKS ON THE GALLERY WEBSITE

Last days of ‘Lost Ways’ and St Ives Exhibition 2009

People were coming to view the gallery in earnest today in order to re-visit Amanda Wallwork’s map-based painting show before it came down or because they had just made it to St Ives from North Cornwall or ‘up country’ in time to catch the St Ives Exhibition 2009. It seems everyone who has been to the gallery has enjoyed becoming immersed in one of the spaces, if not both. The spaces are rich and quite intense for different reasons but what connects them is that the historical and cultural past in relationship to the landscape seep into both.

Amanda’s work will come down on Monday, whereas in our main space the Moderns show will stay much as it is. There will be a few changes but not until the following week will this space feel completely different. As this is written, the next catalogue is winging its way around and out of Cornwall.

The catalogue highlights key works from Eric Ward and Chris Insoll with a write up about how the artists are connected. The title of the show is ‘Two Colonies’ and the full list of works available is now showing online with up-to-date biographical information about Eric and Chris. We will post some exhibition shots of the hang as well as some of the characters themselves.

In the meantime, gallery staff as well as gallery visitors and passer-bys can continue to gaze at the breathtaking Dolan by the window. It has been much admired.