Exhibitions

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SALLY MCLAREN

A Passing Glimpse

30 April - 28 May 2022

The moment of dawn after a night of gentle rain - when the land sparkles with freshness as the sun rises with little globules shining water on every blade of grass or leaf. The moment when you catch your breath with an awareness of history as you take in a landscape...feeling the spaces in-between, the air, the warmth, the freshness, the storyit holds....the irresistible need to dance with each day di erent from the last...That moment at dusk when day fades, su using the air with a di erent light...These are thesensations I need to record and convey.

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Georgina Allen

Near and Far

30 April - 28 May 2022

There are two strands to my work, or perhaps three now, since the two strands have produced a third which combines the other two. Mainly I work from a huge collection of found objects and I’ve built up a large series of paintings, mostly the same size and shape, which work together and separately. I find these objects fascinating and because they are unidentifiable I can make pictures which are basically abstract, about the relationships between the objects, while also exploring the objects themselves. Sometimes too, I feel, they suggest a slightly surrealist narrative.   The objects lie on the floor and mirroring the way I move them around there, they are sometimes scrubbed out in the paintings or added as suggestions in charcoal.  Putting several of the ‘still lifes’ together creates an extra dimension, like three-dimensional noughts and crosses, as the paintings relate, echo, contrast and work off each other.


Plein-air landscapes make a refreshing opening-out from the narrow focus on small objects. I’ve been painting in Pembrokeshire for many years and been fascinated in turn by the light on mud, wet sand, the cliffs, rocks, and the light on the hills. I painted a series of long thin landscapes that allowed me to concentrate on where the sky met the hilltops. From hills in Pembrokeshire I went in search of different light on differently shaped hills elsewhere – the Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds, Herefordshire, the Peak District, Teesdale and North Yorkshire moors, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Hampshire. But I still return to Pembrokeshire, which combines hills and sea.


From time to time I incorporate some of these landscapes, often vertically, so the landscape element becomes merely a memory, with painted and charcoal drawings of the objects - and my two main strands come together.

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WILLIAM WRIGHT

Now and Then

19 March - 16 April 2022

 
The Art Stable is delighted to be hosting the third solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by William Wright, whose work takes inspiration from his domestic and studio life, intensified during lockdown spent with his family in South London.  In some ways the subject matter didn’t change, with the acute observation of familiar and humble objects, but views from his window became overlaid with memories of Paris, the narrow London street opening up to a wider imagined world, a stolen moment of fantasy within the reality of lockdown with three young children. 


The Art Stable is delighted to be hosting the third solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by William Wright, whose work takes inspiration from his domestic and studio life, intensified during lockdown spent with his family in South London.  In some ways the subject matter didn’t change, with the acute observation of familiar and humble objects, but views from his window became overlaid with memories of Paris, the narrow London street opening up to a wider imagined world, a stolen moment of fantasy within the reality of lockdown with three young children.

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MICHAEL TAYLOR

Attic Stories

5 February - 5 March 2022

Having lived and worked in Child Okeford for over 30 years, I am particularly happy to be having this exhibition at The Art Stable, having known Kelly since she opened the gallery in 2006.  All but one of the works in the show were created in my attic studio there, just a few hundred yards away, and it features in most of them, along with the objects and people familiar to me. I became so accustomed to this very special space, with its warped elm floor and quirky beamed walls that it developed into a kind of visual shorthand for me: a language I could manipulate instinctively and expressively for the compositions that evolved in it. After work it was a bonus to be able to walk out on to the nearby Iron Age fort of Hambledon Hill, whose high perspectives and ancient landscape acted as a perfect counterpoint to the claustrophobic intensity of the attic.

Coinciding as it does with my 70th birthday, and being situated in the heart of this lovely area, The Art Stable is an especially appropriate venue for this, my first gallery show outside central London for over 30 years.

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CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION

Paintings, Prints and Ceramics by Contemporary and Modern British artists

27th November - 23 December

including work by Victoria Achache, Eileen Agar (1899-1991), Peter Archer, Charlie Baird, Lucy Bentley, Sven Berlin (1911-99), William Brooker (1918-83), Lucy Burley,  Samantha Cary, Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002), Gary Cook, Michael Cullimore (1936-21), James Boswell (1906-1971), Marjorie Firth (1895-1975), Terry Frost (1915-2003), David Gommon (1913-87), Graham Bell (1910-43), Felice Hodges, Mary Jewels (1886-1977), Teresa Lawton, Ursula Leach, Kenneth Martin (1905-1984), Alexander Mackenzie (1923-2002), Sally McLaren, Theo Mendez (1934-97), Emily Myers, Howard Phipps, Christopher Riisager, Tobit Roche, Peter Sedgley, Peter Snow (1927-2008), Liz Somerville,  Graham Sutherland (1903-80), Yo Thom, Keith Vaughan (1912-77), Amanda Vesey, William Wright, George Young, Henrietta Young.

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HENRIETTA YOUNG

Repetitive Landscapes

16 October - 13 November 2021

The paintings of Henrietta Young involve an acute observation of the environment where she lives, in particular the view from her garden, involving a field and maybe a horse or a dog, quietly contemplating.   But the mood of the works, in varying lights and atmospheres, changes with the expressive use of colour and paint, so that one senses things that have happened or are about to happen.  As The Week magazine described them in 2004, ‘The works convey a contemplative, elegiac quality that lingers in the mind long after the paintings are out of sight.’
 
At the beginning of the pandemic I didn’t feel like doing anything particularly creative, preferring to observe and think about the new technicolour place we seemed to be living in – but soon felt compelled to begin this series of repetitive landscapes reflecting both the change in the new tempo of life as well as the faux 1950s Ladybird-coloured world I felt I was now inhabiting.
 
Henrietta trained at Winchester Art School and has lived and worked in Dorset since 1973.  She has been a prize winner in the John Player award and has exhibited regularly in the West Country and London.

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ALEXANDER MASSOURAS

The Invisible Land

16 October - 13 November 2021

Alexander Massouras (b.1981) is an artist and writer. His work is in UK and international collections including the Ashmolean, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a member of the research project 'Art School Educated' at Tate; a Leverhulme Fellow at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford; and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. Massouras’s work has taken a multitude of forms but is consistent in its visual exploration of time and narrative. 

The Invisible Land is a group of nine etchings that describe a retreat from a flood, a series which culminates in settlement of sorts. It draws its imagery from many places: there are backgrounds glimpsed in films, references to Breugel, a found dead bird, and a nod to Wittgenstein's discussion of the Rabbit-Duck illusion. The series is one of three in the artist's book Above and Below, a cycle of thirty etchings on the theme of journeying and escape.

The Divers etchings express a formal interest in the combination of line (the pools and diving platforms) with tone (the diver). They play on the symbolism of the fall and on the stillness of the image: the divers never meet the pools, a separation which finds visual form in the distance the etchings keep between line and tone.

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TOBIT ROCHE

Sea and Sky

4 September - 2 October

The Sea and Sky meet each other at the horizon yet the horizon is always out of reach: as we move towards it, it continually backs away from us. The Sea and Sky bounce off one another reflecting each other’s light and darkness, and yet sometimes they merge, to become almost one in a sublime fourth dimension, hovering or disappearing on the horizon. Both are endowed with endless ever-changing moods: there can be  anger and danger as well as peace and calm and this is tied to our own human emotions and how we look upon the world.

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SAMANTHA CARY

Unsettled Times

4 September - 2 October 2021

For a few years the suburban area in which I live in the Northeast of England on the North Sea coast had provided a fertile ground for me, a meeting of suburban order, lives lived tidily, peacefully and busily pushing against the wilder forces of weather, animals and elements. Although humans did not appear in this work, the images were resonant with their presence. Lockdown has revealed to me, more than ever, how the ticking over of these lives against a background of something less certain was at the heart of this work.
 
Both this feeling of being stuck for material and the pulse of lockdown life are behind the series of ten etchings called A Soap Opera. The series depicts the same house over an ambiguous time period, repeated over and over with minute changes in colour, light and little details. The prints were made in my garden shed studio between December 2020 and March 2021, a period that we came to know as Lockdown 2 and are loosely based on a house that I can just see from my window that hijacked my attention as I sat on the sofa watching the news during the bewildering evenings of the first Lockdown.

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SUMMER EXHIBITION

24 July - 21 August 2021

Including work by Peter Archer, Charlie Baird, Elizabeth Blackadder, John Buckland-Wright, Samantha Cary, Gary Cook, Eileen Cooper, William Crozier, Kim Donaldson, Tess Jaray, Tom Hammick, John Piper, Mary Fedden, Brian Hanscomb, Matthew Hilton, Albert Irwin, Ken Kiff, R.B.Kitaj, Ursula Leach, Alexander Massouras, Robert Medley, Theo Mendez, Emily Myers, David Nash, Chris Orr, Howard Phipps, John Ridgewell, Christopher Riisager, Tobit Roche, Ludwig Sander, Peter Sedgley, Liz Somerville, Richard Smith, Rowland Suddaby, Patricia Swannell, Yo Thom, Michael Williams, William Wright, George Young