A substantial, professional exhibition of airy, contemporary abstracts in watercolour and mixed media, many mapping birdsong, trees and woodland ecosystems.
At weekends there is free and easy parking on York Avenue.
On Friday 13th, park free for two hours on Quarry Road (three minute walk to the studio).
Saturday 7 May: 12-6pm
Sunday 8 May: 12-6pm
Friday 13 May: 2-8pm *late opening and closing times*
Saturday 14 May: 12-6pm
Sunday 15 May: 12-6pm
COVID awareness: The exhibition will be ventilated with hand-sanitiser and masks available. Even if cases are dropping, visitors are asked to be understanding that other visitors may still prefer social distancing and mask-wearing.
ABOUT MY WORK
In the last two years, I’ve worked mostly outdoors in the ancient woodlands of Shotover Hill and Wytham Woods, just outside Oxford. Many of the works in the exhibition are about the resonances - sensory, poetic and mythical - of being deep in the woods.
So, where are the trees? They're present, but not illustrated. Many of the paintings here are about the inner experience of the woodland, not descriptive paintings 'of' the woods. I'm painting and drawing what cannot be seen rather than what can be seen. Close attention to the emerging flow of perception - sensory, acoustic and visual - shapes my abstract notations of the process of listening as well as looking. The resulting marks are allusive but not legible: communicative but resisting exact interpretation.
My practice is also informed by literary and forest mythologies, poetry, mindfulness, emerging research about the social lives of trees, and psychotherapeutic readings of experience that cannot be spoken.
Selected national exhibitions include the Royal Watercolour Society (Bankside Gallery, London), the Royal Cambrian Academy Open, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (Mall Galleries, London) and the Bath Society of Artists Open. Locally, examples of my work can be seen at Darle and the Bear Gallery in Woodstock. And I'll be exhibiting at art_house_life, Ventor, Isle of Wight in July, and ronapainting gallery, Oxford, in September.
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