Gallery News

Semi-Abstract Painter from London, Nicky Basford, joins the gallery

I am really pleased to announce the arrival of a NEW semi-abstract painter from London, who joins the gallery this week.

Nicky Basford returned to full time painting in 2002, after a career in art and retail and has since, exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She studied at Chelsea, Camberwell and Newcastle schools of Art and now lives and works in London, where she has just finished her sixth solo show.

A semi-abstract painter, whose primary inspiration is the landscape, Nicky works in oil and mixed media, both on location and from her studio in London.

Subjects include West Dorset and St. Ives in Cornwall, places she knows well and further afield, where she goes to walk and paint; the Camino de Santiago through Northern Spain, Provence and Capri.

Her paintings, though freely executed, are always underpinned by a firm understanding of the principles of drawing and composition. They recall a place rather than reproduce it. It is sensual work, both because of how the artist experiences the landscape and how, through the fluency of her visual language, she enables the viewer to do the same.

‘Luberon Vineyards’ Oil on Board

 

1st Year Anniversary fast approaching

This has got to have been one of the most manic weeks of my whole first year … apart from the lead up to my opening, that is …

I have had numerous deliveries in the last couple of weeks and still have a few more to come before the end of this week! The gallery has grown over the last 12 months, with now more than 20 British Mixed Media artists showing their work at the gallery.

My 1 year Anniversary celebration is happening this Saturday 4th November from 10am to 5pm. There will be drinks, canapés and festivities all day long plus FREE giveaways of mugs, tote bags, tee towels and tee shirts for every purchase of an original framed piece of artwork. There will also be FREE Christmas gift wrapping and some reduced prices on some of the artwork.

I have added lots of small, luxury gift items over the past few weeks and you can now purchase affordable, hand made products; from handmade linen items, lined with luxury velvet, to gorgeous fine felt printed pieces, to a wide range of ceramics, jewellery, notebooks, cards and small, unframed pieces of work … there is something here for everyone!

Here are a couple of pics of the gallery opening event last year … and what it looks like today ...

 

Gallery Opening 5th November 2016

 

Gallery today … one year later …

CHRISTMAS decorations and jewellery by Marion Stuart and Tamlin Lundberg

With my 1st Year Anniversary fast approaching and the arrival of my REAL Christmas tree tomorrow, I cannot wait to decorate it with these gorgeous porcelain clay decorations by Marion Stuart and Tamlin Lundberg, which I received this week ...


They have been busy little elves in their workshops, this last few weeks, creating these beautiful and delicate pieces … I even had an unexpected, surprise little stash of jewellery by Marion …

 

Porcelain Clay Christmas Decorations by Tamlin Lundberg
Medium Leaves £8 each or 3 for £22
Large Leaves £12 each or 3 for £34

 

Porcelain Clay Christmas Horse and Reindeer Decorations by
Marion Stuart £12 each

 

Porcelain Clay Christmas Snowflake Decorations
by Marion Stuart
Small £4 each or 3 for £10
Large £9 each or 3 for £25

 

Porcelain Clay Typekeys Earrings by
Marion Stuart £12 each

 

Porcelain Clay Brooches by
Marion Stuart £12 each

FOURTH series of work by Tamlin Lundberg

‘At our Feet’ follows the success of Tamlin's last three sell-out collections and is now her fourth series of work for the gallery.

These hand made pieces are created in response to our surroundings and experiences in the natural world. Through walking the landscape, collecting objects and stories, fragments and memories, Tamlin attempts to capture traces of these small exchanges with the environment.

This latest series continues works based around walks along the North Norfolk coast, responding to the physicality of landscape, including geology, plants and weather.

Recently she has become fascinated by the tiny and small elements at her feet, which we walk past, on, or over without even noticing. Nature offers us its gifts and nourishes us as human beings in ways which are intangible and invisible. Nature’s restorative qualities are often overlooked, and it is by focusing on the small and lower growing species of plant, the mosses, the ferns, grasses and sedges, that she hopes to capture and draw attention to these gifts which are literally and metaphorically laid at our feet.


‘At Our Feet Series' porcelain/stoneware pots, vases and tall bottle forms

 

 

Exciting NEW Textile Artist joins the gallery...

Another NEW and EXCITING local, contemporary artist, Sue Johnston, joins the gallery this week.

Sue is a textile artist and painter, based in North Norfolk, who draws inspiration from the landscape, with nature conservation being a recurring theme.

With a love of textile processes, stitch in particular, she has developed her own unique technique. Working with a base of wire and paper, found items are combined with stitch, to depict plants and creatures and represent the fragility and balance of nature, which all interlink and depend on each other. Beautifully observed and delicately made bumble bees, dragonflies and other flora and fauna are captured in a most unusual way.

Sue studied at the Norwich School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Textile Art. After graduating, she was invited to be a licentiate member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen and took part in their exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London. Sue regularly participates in the annual Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios and was selected to show her work at the annual Cley Contemporary Art exhibition in 2016-17.

‘Big Bee’ and ‘Little Bee’ Wire, paper and stitch 3D

 

‘Dragonfly, Beetle, Flower’ Wire, paper and stitch framed

 

 

 

NEW Mixed Media artist, Tamsyn Williams

Tamsyn Williams lives and works in Cornwall. After doing a foundation year at Plymouth School of Art in the 1970s and getting a place at Cardiff to do a Fine Art degree, she decided instead to study History of Art and English Literature at Oxford Poly, followed by an MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute in London.

On completion of her academic studies, she realised she missed painting and Cornwall, so returned in 1986 and did a two year course at Falmouth School of Art. She has been living, working and painting in St Ives ever since.

Tamsyn loves the flexibility of mixed media and likes to focus on places which mean something to her. As well as painting, she works as a gardener and this is very much reflected in her painting, along with her fondness for her house. The layers in her paintings come from her habit of constantly making changes, scraping down and building up with paint, drawing and collage. She likes the way in which the layers suggest the aged quality of a place and the things that were before. Often the recycled materials have added poignancy in that they come from furnishings and things in her house, as well as her past, but it can just be that a piece of paper or fabric is the right colour or pattern.

‘Hollyhocks’ Mixed Media on Board

2018 calendars and ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers

It's two weeks to go until my 1st Year Anniversary and next week, I have the work of 1 new mixed media artist and one 1 textile artist arriving in the gallery ...

In the meantime, I have been making a new range of lined notebooks and working on some Christmas decorations. I have also produced a new 2018 calendar ‘Inspirations’ which is already selling fast … 

Did I mention the word ‘Christmas' … like 2 busy Santa’s elves, Marion Stuart  and Tamlin Lundberg are currently making some gorgeous, handmade ceramic decorations for the Christmas tree ... and Tamlin is making her fourth new series of ceramics for the gallery ...

 

      

New work by potter and ceramicist, Marit Ammerud

I had a one day mini shopping trip this week to purchase some new work by Marit Ammerud, whose textile and ceramic medals are already a BEST seller in the gallery.

Marit also produces a wide range of tableware in thrown and slab formed earthenware. They are decorated with coloured slips and utilise a variety of printing and drawing techniques.  Each piece is unique and her intention is that they are seen as 'Functional Art’.

Here is just one of her new pieces in the gallery ... there will be more work added to the collection, over the coming weeks ...

‘Table’ Ceramic Platter 

 

Changes to the gallery...

It has been ALL change, here at the gallery, this last couple of weeks, in preparation for my First Year Anniversary on Saturday 4th November. There has been lots of coming and going! I now have a lovely old vintage counter, which, in a former life, lived in a railway station and some new shelves to house the gorgeous, new textiles and ceramics. All that’s left to purchase is the real Christmas tree, which will arrive early November and will be full of beautiful new ceramic Christmas decorations made by Tamlin Lundberg and Marion Stuart. It'll be jingle all the way ...

 

'First Anniversary’ celebrations are on their way...

Thank you North Norfolk Living Magazine for the write up in your new Autumn issue.

I have been VERY busy this last few weeks, getting ready for my first year Anniversary on Saturday 4th November. We will be celebrating ALL day long, here at the gallery, with drinks and canapés. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration! There will be lots of exciting, new mixed media artists, that will be showing their work for the Autumn/Winter season plus lots of affordable, luxury gift items to fill your Christmas stockings...