Currents: Autumn exhibition 2018

A number of new paintings will be shown for the first time this autumn at Sladers Yard Gallery. The enclosed extract from the Gallery’s press release and further images and contact details are available here

Luke Elwes Ganga 10 2018 120x120cm

Luke Elwes Ganga 10 2018 120x120cm

Since the beginning of this year, Luke Elwes has been working on a series of paintings based on the experience of travelling by boat along a stretch of the river Ganges. The Ganga paintings draw on the power of this sacred river flowing through the precarious lives of the people and cultures that have thrived throughout history on its banks. His method of working gives rise, he says, to a mood of reverie. Thinking about climate change, water shortages or floods, the power of the river to give and to take, he makes his gentle marks with rich colours and areas of emptiness. These he dissolves and floats, sometimes with river water or oil paint thinners which he allows to trickle or flow across his paper or canvas. The results seem to reflect light, inviting us to look into them quietly as if they were pools of water. There, nothing is permanent but everything is connected.

The Contemporary & Post War British Art Auction, held in aid of funding for a new art gallery in Gainsborough's house, takes place at The Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Sudbury CO10 1TL on Friday 20 October from 6.30pm.  

Watermark 2014 by Luke Elwes features amongst the outstanding work from the studios of over 120 leading artists working in the UK (including Anthony Gormley, Christopher Le Brun, Prunella Clough, Maggi Hambling & Julian Opie). Viewing of selected works takes place at Gainsborough’s House from 14 – 19 October.


The sale is now online via

Luke Elwes, Watermark 2014, mixed media on paper, 57x76cm

Luke Elwes, Watermark 2014, mixed media on paper, 57x76cm

Floating world

The ADAM GALLERY will be showing new paintings and works on paper through April 2017.          

5 - 6th April: 8 Duke Street St James's, London SW1Y 6BN   8- 30 April: 13 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL

‘Floating world’ draws together work from the last two years, combining recent paintings with works on paper from the series recently exhibited by the Museo della Grafica in Pisa, Italy, and by the National Trust at Flatford Mill in Suffolk.                                                                           What began in Flatford as a dialogue with ‘Constable country’ has grown into a wider meditation on natural forces; and if the new works continue to dwell as before on landscape and memory, they are also fleeting commentaries on an increasingly wild and unstable present.

RADIANCE: Sladers Yard, Winter 2016

RADIANCE, the current exhibition at Sladers Yard in Bridport is about the exploration of light in painting and includes work by Daisy Cook Luke Elwes, Alex Lowery and Emma Stibborn.

'For those who cannot get artist Luke Elwes’  peaceful, beautiful paintings out of their minds, he returns now for our second Radiance exhibition. A highly accomplished painter, Luke Elwes’s recent work is concerned with light. His paintings seem to ripple and reflect like the surface of the water he uses to create his work.  Working in layers either with oil on canvas or different media including crayon, watercolour and found materials on paper, Luke Elwes’s gentle mark-making invites one to look into the painting as if it was a pool of water.'

Luke Elwes Flow 2015, oil on linen 91x91cm

Luke Elwes Flow 2015, oil on linen 91x91cm

RADIANCE will be on show at Sladers Yard Gallery, Bridport UK until 22 January 2017. Further information and images are available on the gallery website  here