Things are always changing…

Today seemed like a good day to update the website a little more comprehensively. The home page has been updated with a new online exhibition and a link to the St Ives Moderns works that we are now showing across the way in Gallery Two. We all enjoyed the Patrick Dolan paintings very much, so we’ve made them the subject of the new online-only show. It has to be said that, given the scale of some of the works, showing them online is substantially easier than getting the blessed things on the wall! I think we all feel that these are quality works deserving of more attention.

For those of you who are new to Dolan’s work (and that’s most of us, frankly), you may find the following information helpful:

Patrick Dolan (1926 – 1980)

Irish-born abstract painter, Patrick Dolan, studied at the Architectural Association in London in the 1950s. Largely due to his friend Adrian Heath, he moved to St Ives in the early 1960s, becoming a member of the Penwith Society of Artists in 1965 and was an associate of Francis Bacon’s. In 1969 he became a senior lecturer at the Cardiff School of Art. In 1962 Dolan shared a show with Anthony Sheils and Alan Wood at Gallery 60 in Chichester, organised by the Rawlinsky Gallery and in 1965 he shared an exhibition with Wood at Queens Square Gallery, Leeds, he also showed with Midland Group in Nottingham. In 1995 an exhibition of Dolan’s work was shown at the Belgrave Gallery, London.

Oh, and one more thing. The Ffiona Lewis catalogues have just arrived from the printers and look great. The work is strong, the catalogue sings nicely, and we’re all looking forward to putting the paintings up on the wall.

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.