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 new installation of 'Journey', a five meter long mural painted in 2001 for a private collection
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 www.the-saleroom.com/gainsborough
Team line up at the exhibition opening of London Painters in Italy 2017, including exhibition organisers Lino Mannocci and Arialdo Ceribelli, writer Catherine Lampert, and fellow artists Timothy Hyman, Thomas Newbolt, Alex Lowery and Arturo Di Stefano.
Exhibition opening In Bergamo of 'Gli Amici Pittori Di Londra', with exhibition organisers Lino Mannocci and Arialdo Ceribelli, along with the writer Catherine Lampert and exhibiting artists including Timothy Hyman, Arturo Di Stefano, Alex Lowery and Thomas Newbolt.
The show continues until July 2107. Further information on the show is available on the gallery website
'Pittori di Londra' brings together a select group of British painters past and present for a 10th anniversary exhibition curated by Lino Mannocci at Galleria Ceribelli, Bergamo Italy.
The catalogue includes an essay by Catherine Lampert and the exhibition runs until July 2017.
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