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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

Melanie Goemans | Tree. Bird. Stone. | 10 September 2018

From 29th August – 22nd September 2018 Cornwall Contemporary was delighted to host a solo exhibition of exquisite paintings and printmaking by Melanie Goemans.

 

The way in which Melanie paints is very traditional, using materials such as oil paint, gesso, linseed oil, gold leaf… all with very fine brushes. This demonstrates Melanie’s innate precision and skill and her fascination in the history of art and wanting to connect with painting in the way that the old masters did.

 

 

“The work in this exhibition is a response to my environment, the places in and around which I have lived the everyday; the new that has become the familiar, that has resonated the thoughts and experiences lived through here. I like that the paintings are mine only briefly while I work on them in my studio. Their life begins when they fly to another context, to a different viewer who I hope will find their own significances in this work. This is the life of the painting. The birds animate the landscape, the heron like a god, disproportionate and mysteriously significant. The stone – the earth – underlines everything, and the trees have been my enduring fascination for the past fifteen years. I am interested in the overlooked, incidental forms in nature – how painting / printmaking can draw attention to things with no conventional value and mark them as important through the use of traditional materials, such as oil paint, gesso, gold leaf, etching. I like looking at complicated shapes and drawing them with a very fine brush. The act of painting like this feels almost like stitching or weaving, as slowly with each brush mark the work comes together. I used to think art had to be complex to be good, but over time I have realised that keeping things simple or paring them down can make a bigger statement.”

Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens. She spent time in Italy before studying Florentine Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute, London and Fine Art at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire. She went on to teach Art and History of Art and take up Artist in Residence posts in Cheltenham and Devon before settling in London. Melanie relocated to the Cambridgeshire fens with her young family in 2010 and now works from her studio in Ely. Over her career, Melanie has exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK at various venues including the Jerwood Space, Bridgeman Gallery, Rebecca Hossack Gallery and Florence Trust in London. Her work is held in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition; the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition; and the JohnMoores Painting Prize (second round).

Melanie Goemans ‘Cuckold’s Row’ painting used on Richard Holloway book cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Melanie Goemans’ exhibition here

Cornwall Contemporary Book | 1 September 2018

To coincide with our Summer Collection at the gallery, we published a book featuring work by many favourite Cornwall Contemporary artists.

The new 28 book features Cornwall Contemporary artists along with artist biographies and portraits and it is available to purchase from the gallery for £10 (including P&P). They are the perfect keepsake of all your favourite artists and for anyone interested in the contemporary arts scene on Cornwall. Give us a call on 01736 874749 or email us at sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com to order your copy.

Cornwall Contemporary’s Summer Collection | 25 August 2018

Our Summer Collection 2018 featured a vibrant and diverse selection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics throughout the 3 floors of the gallery. 

 

From portraiture, to landscape, to abstract, to figurative, it was a wonderful showcase of Cornwall Contemporary talent. You can view the exhibition

here

Kristin Vestgard ‘Find You’ 2 page feature review in Western Morning News | 11 August 2018

Kristin Vestgard ‘Find You’ exhibition | 10 August 2018

“I work intuitively, I usually have an abstract idea or an emotion that lingers with me, or it might be something I have seen somewhere; a glimpse of something that draws me in. I like playing with my figures, their faces and their bodies, the way they place themselves in an atmosphere and what they quietly speak of. This takes me on a journey and often I am not sure where my figures come from until a few years later, or why they end up like this. I keep wiping off and adding paint, keep adding marks and building layers into the final piece, until the feeling is right.
I know I don’t want anything to feel stuck or pinned down. It must be a gentle balance of being both here and not here,
fleeting but with a nerve. I gather pieces here and there bringing it all together, trying to make some sense and poetry
without words, manifesting an existence.
Putting it all into words is difficult I think; I want the viewer to bring their own stories.”
Kristin Vestgard, 2018

Kristin’s 2018 solo exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary was another stunning collection of sensitive and heartfelt oil on canvas portraits.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, Director of Cornwall Contemporary, hanging Kristin Vestgard’s portrait paintings.

 

 

 

Kristin Vestgard was born in Norway in 1976 and studied Painting and Drawing at Nordfjord Folk High School 1995 – 96, then at Oslo Painting and drawing School 1996 – 97 and finished her studies at Falmouth College of Arts, obtaining a first class honours degree 1997 – 2000. She subsequently lived in Falmouth for a further 10 years before returning to live and work in Norway. 

Her paintings have become highly sought after and her 2018 exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary drew many people to the gallery and resulted in many sales and commissions for the artist.

you can see Kristin’s paintings in the exhibition

here

David Mankin studio visit | 27 July 2018

Had the most wonderful morning yesterday visiting David Mankin in his studio, selecting paintings and discussing his forthcoming show with us. I can’t wait to hang these paintings in the gallery and share them all with you. They are brilliantly dynamic and filled with a huge amount of movement and depth, and his palette is exceptional. It’s going to be a simply stunning exhibition. David’s show opens on 26th September – definitely a date for your diary.

Maggie Matthews – 4 page feature in Cornwall Today Magazine | 11 July 2018

Maggie Matthews | in Bloom | an exhibition observing the National Dahlia Collection | 10 July 2018

Maggie Matthews at the National Dahlia Collection
“We love to give flowers, expressing our most powerful feelings from the joyful celebration of love to profound grief, they mark the most important moments in our lives. Today we import most of our flowers from distant lands, but Cornwall has a rich history in farming flowers. On the Isles of Scilly in 1870 Mr William Trevellick packed some daffodils into an old hat box and posted them off to Covent Garden and so an industry was born.
Taking advantage of the early mild springs daffodils became an important crop and with the coming of the railway West Cornwall regularly supplied London and beyond. It was while crossing one of the many footpaths on the slopes opposite St Michael’s Mount that I came across Varfell Farm where “Greenyard Flowers” is the world’s largest daffodil producer, leaders in the growing and packing of daffodils. It’s not just daffodils grown here as I was about to find out, but spectacular fields of Agapanthus and Amaryllis. Following the sign to “The National Dahlia Collection” I wandered into the most spectacular field filled with every vibrant colour and form of flower you can imagine. I returned many times over the coming months with my sketchbook and camera in hand. It wasn’t long until I met the production manager of the collection Louise Danks and Gilles Deprez. Louise and Gilles explained that the collection holds over 1,600 new and heritage varieties, a real national treasure.   
This exhibition brings together the body of work which was to follow, I hope you find it as colourful and vibrant as The National Dahlia Collection, and if you ever get chance to visit the collection in the summer months you won’t be disappointed.”
Maggie Matthews

 

 

Maggie Matthew’s solo exhibition for Cornwall Contemporary in 2018, was an in depth look at the National Dahlia Collection near Penzance. Maggie has always used nature as the inspiration for her paintings, whether looking into rock pools, or in hedgerows and then abstracting the on site drawings into paintings in the studio, and this exhibition explored the floral patterns and shapes of the extensive collection of dahlias on the outskirts of Penzance. 

photograph of Sarah Brittain Mansbridge and Maggie Matthews smiling and sitting amongst flowers at an exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, director of Cornwall Contemporary with Maggie Matthews, surrounding by beautiful dahlias from the National Dahlia Collection, whilst hanging Maggie Matthews’ In Bloom exhibition.

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The exhibition got off to a flying start with a very busy private view and lots of red dots. There was a huge amount of interest and many reviews about the exhibition including features in Cornwall Today Magazine, Manor Magazine and the Western Morning News.

You can view Maggie’s paintings in the 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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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

opening times:
monday - Saturday  10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com

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