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.
After transporting 'Source' from the studio to this luminous high ceilinged interior in The Hague for a Dutch collector I was fascinated to observe the shifting dialogue between image and space generated by the painting's new location.
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.'
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
THE MUSEO DELLA GRAFICA, HOUSED IN THE BEAUTIFUL SETTING OF THE PALAZZO LANFRANCHI ON THE RIVER ARNO IN PISA IS THE FINAL STOP FOR THE 'VITAL SIGNS' ITALIAN TOUR. THE EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGHOUT JULY & AUGUST 2016
This summer the National Trust are hosting 'Luke Elwes: Floating World', an exhibition of recent work on paper at their new gallery on Constable’s historic site of Flatford Mill. Exhibition details and text available here
'In his works on paper Luke Elwes captures the transient nature of place and memory. His chosen territory is close by the Stour estuary and similarly flat under an East Anglian sky but quite different to that sense of timeless order and apparent tranquility found in Constable country’.
The exhibition opens on 2 July and runs until 30 August 2016 at the National Trust Gallery, Flatford Mill, Suffolk CO7 6UL
The recent installation of two large paintings commissioned for a private collection in the UK
This image - suggesting both a springing forth and a seasonal shift - is derived from a large oak tree that sits by the water’s edge on the east coast: a totemic presence, at once resisting and shaped by the elemental force of tides and weather. What appears at ground level to be silhouetted branches rising up into a bright blue expanse of sky and water might also be viewed from above as an intricate web of lines recalling the branching tributaries of a river. It is a territory punctuated with yellow markings, scattered fragments of sunlight that also suggest an eruption of spring growth.
A web of black birch and silver on water, on pasture,
Netting the pillars of colour, lacing the pillars of light,
A reticulation of ambiguous space we gaze into, through,
Yet always end on the surface, where we start.
This is a time to take refuge in the connectedness of things and
Forsake the privileged instant for the gradual and continuous.
Our moments mate and spawn like the forfeit of
One decision towards a greater shared reality,
Improving truth with pattern,
The solid dissolving in a new winterlight,
A branching and echoing interruption of
Horizon or vanishing point.
In the business of looking, I collect, you surrender:
But the least push deserves an answering pull.
Christmas Poem 2015 by Andrew Lambirth