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Alasdair Lindsay solo exhibition ‘Islands and Bridges’ | 29 October 2018

‘Islands and Bridges’ was Alasdair’s 12th exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary, and included places where the artist spent time throughout 2018 including Iceland and the Isles of Scilly.

 

Alasdair Lindsay moments before his private view opened, with ‘Tower Bridge, Summer Morning’ which was acquired by a collector.

It’s just one of the paintings that was snapped up at the start of the show.

 

The exhibition was a huge success with paintings being sent to all parts of the UK and overseas to America and Switzerland. You can view paintings in the exhibition here.

Alasdair Lindsay was born in Cheshire in 1975 and came to Cornwall in 1996 to study at Falmouth College of Art and has remained ever since.
His paintings are based on what he sees everyday. He studies these places regularly and sometimes sketches on site, 
although Alasdair usually paints from memory and through experimentation. His studio work is down to decisions based on instinct rather than theory, and aerial views have become a regular compositional element in his paintings.

Alasdair’s work has been garnering increasing acclaim and in 2002 he was commissioned to produce 12 paintings and 312 prints of those paintings for permanent display on the luxury Cunard Line Queen Mary II.
In 2004 he won 2nd prize in the prestigious Hunting Art Prize and was also selected to exhibit in the Hunting Art Prize in 2000, 2004 and 2005. In 2007 his work was exhibited in the Singer Freidlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at Mall Galleries, London. One of his paintings was featured on the cover of Coast Magazine, with an accompanying 6 page feature in February 2018 and his work has also been shortlisted in the prestigious Jacksons Art Prize for the last 2 years running.

The hardback book ‘Shorelines’ was published in 2017 to coincide with his solo exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary, and signed copies are available from the gallery.

Alasdair’s next exhibition is a 3 man show at Cornwall Contemporary – a show of contemporary landscape paintings with Myles Oxenford and Paul Wadsworth, which opens 29th May 2019.

Antonio Lopez Reche | Bronze Sculpture | 23 September 2018

Showing alongside Melanie Goemans’ paintings throughout September 2018, was a collection of bronze figurative sculpture by renowned artist Antonio Lopez Reche.

Antonio Lopez Reche with one of his bronze sculptures

Born in Barcelona, Antonio Lopez Reche was educated at the University of Barcelona and served as a post graduate teaching assistant there. In 1994 he received the Erasmus Grant from the European Commission to study at Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. He has been working in the UK since 1995, and has produced numerous commissions for private and public spaces. His bronze sculptures have been exhibited in Barcelona, Vienna, Greenport, NY and venues across the UK. He has also produced a number of public commissions including Canary Wharf, London and is in a number of private collections across the world including Spain, England and the United States. Drawing inspiration from Greek Mythology and Folk Tales, his work describes such universal themes as internal conflict, strength, and man’s search for knowledge. 

” My work is a diverse approach to the language of sculpture. For the past twenty years, I have been experimenting with figurative and non figurative work.

My figurative work has been inspired by Western tradition, often relating to Mediterranean mythology and folk tales, in which my interest in expressive tool marks and spontaneous modeling with materials such as clay, wax or plaster, translates into bronze, in an attempt to capture the immediacy and rawness of the material.

I also have a deep interest in a more conceptual line of work in which, still using mostly bronze casting, the repeated reproduction of an object, sometimes created by me, sometimes snatched from our immediate daily life, creates a new form. Although these pieces start with the fascination with the chosen object, soon the repetition and organisation of these elements creates a new dimension far from the original object.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This very lovely couple (and lovely dog) came in to buy Antonio Lopez Reche’s “Nearly Time” bronze sculpture (on the left) but once we put it side by side with “Kitzune”, the only possible choice was to buy both as they make such a stunning pair. 

I’m sure these pieces will be treasured for years to come.

You can see Antonio’s exhibition here

Janet Lynch | ‘Without a Map’ | exhibition | 30 April 2018

Janet Lynch

JOURNEY
Without a map

“Making art is a life long journey, a life long search, for an answer to an unknown question.
There are promises, and there are pitfalls , but best of all there are some days that are wonderfully surprising.
Sometimes you turn a corner and find the unexpected , days when out of nowhere, you find an image that did not exist before, but which will now always have its own place in the world.
Those are the worthwhile days that make me smile.”                             

 Janet Lynch, March 2018

a photograph of Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge and Janet Lynch at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, director of Cornwall Contemporary, with Janet Lynch at the launch of her exhibition ‘Journey – Without a Map’

     

Throughout April 2018, Janet Lynch showcased another solo exhibition of her narrative and lyrical figurative paintings at Cornwall Contemporary.

Janet Lynch lives and works in West Cornwall and she studied at St. Martins School of Art, later returning to art education at Hornsey College after taking time out to raise her family. She has had a prestigious career to date including solo exhibitions at White Space Gallery, Islington Arts Factory and Lauderdale House in London. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at a wide variety of locations including The Barbican, Royal Academy Summer Show, Beardsmore Gallery and the Hyde Park Gallery in London. Her paintings were also recently exhibited in the 2018 influential Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

In conjunction with her exhibition, Janet also launched a small book of her poetry –

The book ‘Life, Love, Sex, Death’ featuring Janet’s artwork and 14 of her short poems was sold with all proceeds raised donated to Smile Train – the international children’s charity that transforms the lives of children by giving them the power of a smile and providing corrective surgery for cleft lips and palates. £360 was raised whilst Janet’s exhibition was on, meaning that two children are going to have cleft repair surgery giving them the power to smile. A huge congratulations is due to Janet!

Signed copies of the book are still on sale with us and all money will go directly to Smile Train.
Contact us on 01736 874749 or email sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com if you would like to buy a signed copy for £10 (£11 inc p&p)

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