peter wray and judy collins
Friday 5th March - Monday 29th March 2010
oil and mixed media on canvas
20 x 20cm
Peter Wray and Judy Collins moved to Newlyn a little over a year ago, realising their dream of living and working in the area with which they have long felt a deep relationship, and which has informed their individual and joint art practices.
Peter and Judy have both enjoyed separate careers in printmaking, between them exhibiting throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Japan. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and his work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections including Sainsburys plc, Bank of England and Intel UK. Though they remain committed to the making and teaching of printmaking, their collaborative paintings are becoming widely collected.
Almost two years on from their first show at Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, where they exhibited their collaborative paintings stimulated primarily by the harbours and coastline of Penwith, their new body of work continues to explore these meeting points between land and sea - the harbours and headlands - but has also turned toward the interior of Penwith; the land which carries the signs of those who have lived and worked it. This landscape is marked as clearly as a book with its own history; the mining, with its scarred surrounds, coloured by ancient soils and minerals; the stone boundaries of the small field shapes linking them to the high moor and wide skies, and its stark buildings, from enigmatic standing stones and quoits to the barns and towers of the 19th Century industrialists.
Within their collaborative practice, Wray and Collins bring to the work their own individual responses to a shared experience, engaging in a visual and verbal discourse between themselves and their painting - passing images back and forth and causing ideas to develop and change as a piece evolves. The observed characteristics of the Penwith landscape; the surface qualities and colours absorbed from these unique locations, combined with materials, media and process, become embodiments of memory and experience rather than images related to specific locations. The process of working is part of a search for a visual expression which extends far beyond mere appearance, but becomes a manifestation of the subliminal, essential qualities which are so much a part of the Penwith landscape.
Sarah Brittain, Director Cornwall Contemporary