Suffolk artists’ ‘From Life’ exhibition at Ephemeral Gallery, Saxmundham, includes dedications to missing Woodbridge man David Wood

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right, Colin Slee, Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson and Stephen Hicklin. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Three Suffolk artists have collaborated on an exhibition inspired by the human form – including a series dedicated to a missing man from the county.

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right, Colin Slee, Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson and Stephen Hicklin. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The “From Life” exhibition opened on Saturday at the Ephemeral Gallery in Saxmundham High Street featuring recent paintings by Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson and Colin Slee.

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right, Colin Slee, Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson and Stephen Hicklin. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The artists bring different perspectives on life drawing, which for some is a departure from their regular work.

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right

Three Suffolk artists are collaborating for a new exhibition at the Ephemeral Gallery. Left to right, Colin Slee, Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson and Stephen Hicklin. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Slee, whose previous work is described as an “expressive response to the environment” produced a series dedicated to David Wood, a Woodbridge man, who went missing in France last year. “For 18 years prior to this event, figures have never featured in my work,” he said. “Suddenly, and unconsciously, after this event they did.”

Colin Slee's statement on his work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN

Colin Slee's statement on his work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN - Credit: Archant

Purchase, whose work is often abstract, said she wanted to create “a sense of dimension” in her drawing.

Jack Stephenson's statement on his work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN

Jack Stephenson's statement on his work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN - Credit: Archant


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The exhibition runs until Sunday, December 17.

Ruth Purchase's comment on her work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN

Ruth Purchase's comment on her work for the From Life exhibition. Picture: STEPHEN HICKLIN - Credit: Archant

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