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.

Michael Snow Retrospective & St Ives Exhibition 2014 – Installation

St Ives Exhibition 2009

Margaret Mellis WomanAndFish II oil on canvas 1957
Margaret Mellis WomanAndFish II 1957

Our annual show of work by British Modern artists, focussing particularly on artists of the St. Ives School, is looking good in the main gallery. Dominating the space are a group of large canvasses by Patrick Dolan, and it’s been great to see these works being shown after so long in a private collection. Dolan is remembered, still, in St Ives, by some of our artists and visitors. Bob Crossley and John Emanuel both have strong memories of the artist and his work. And, as one visitor commented the other day, ‘they (this group of works by Dolan) have more energy and strength than anything in the Tate (St. Ives) at the moment!’

Between these monoloithic canvases, a striking range of small and medium sized works by names like Heron, Hepworth, Frost, Scott, etc are strung out in eye catching lines. The early, representational Frost oil ‘Fish Bones‘ is a little gem, and the largish 60s Weschke landscape provides a firm focus to the rear of the gallery. The William Gear painting is brooding and bequiling, there is a rare Fishwick oil and a delightful group of works by a great gallery-staff favourite, Patrick Hayman. These works had originally been slated for a separate show, but have ended up making 2009’s St Ives show a particularly engaging one.

There are several accessible prints, including lithographs, screenprints and/or etchings by Barbara Hepworth, Karl Weschke, William Scott, Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron, Bryan Ingham and Terry Frost, as well as more substantial paintings by Margaret Mellis, Michael Canney, Patrick Hayman, Padraig Macmiadhachain, Frank Beanland and, again, Terry Frost. Small sculptures by John Milne and Denis Mitchell sit in the cabinet alongside a few pieces of Troika Pottery. The Troika ‘Ashtrays’ have been re-branded ‘Concave Forms’  by the post-smoking gallery staff.

Do come and see St Ives Exhibition 2009 if you can.