A Tasty Treat
From Field, River and Sea is at White House Farm, Sweffling Road, Great Glemham until Oct 14. Open 2-6pm, Tues - Sun . Film showings 2 and 4pm.The fruits of the earth and sea, and Suffolk soil provide the inspiration in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, film, furniture, ceramics, glassware and fabrics now showing at the Lambing Barns, Great Glemham.
From Field, River and Sea is at White House Farm, Sweffling Road, Great Glemham until Oct 14. Open 2-6pm, Tues - Sun . Film showings 2 and 4pm.
The fruits of the earth and sea, and Suffolk soil provide the inspiration in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, film, furniture, ceramics, glassware and fabrics now showing at the Lambing Barns, Great Glemham. The exhibition celebrates local food, farming, and the landscape of the beautiful Alde Valley and exotic East Malaysia.
Jason Gathorne-Hardy's earth paintings, made from local soils and organic gums, present an abstract vision. In Earth Painting, Stutton, Stour Estuary and Earth Painting, The Alde at Snape II (two works) free flowing line forms intricate textured patterns of depth, which at times appear surreal. They contrast well with Gathorne- Hardy's pencil drawings of local lambs which include the tender Ewe With Lamb, White House Farm and bold Study Of Texel Ram, Red House Farm. These are acutely observed works which capture form and movement superbly; the use of fluent strong line and sparse shading adding energy and vitality.
Tessa Newcomb's Piglets And Puddles is equally expressive. It's a painting that plays with perspective, which adds both wit and innocence. Newcomb's delicious still life September Pickings, Wenhaston is a tribute to local foods and flowers. Richly coloured damsons, glowing apples and big beans are graced by a vase of michaelmas daisies and golden rods. They sit on a tablecloth of white linen, their various hues subtlety forming a myriad of tiny shadows in the white of the cloth. As in Newcomb's Fisherman II, oil on board, the style of the work is light of touch and whimsical.
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Newcomb's small paintings of fisherman proudly displaying their catch make a super companion to Mark Aldridge's tiled panels on oak which feature seahorses, pike and trout, and Maggi Hambling's large brazen Cod, watercolour on paper; a work of loose, flowing paint and quirky line in which the eye of the fish sparkles with mischief and character. The show also includes Breaking Wave, September II by Hambling; a painting of glistening colour and force in which the wave explodes with a frenzy. You can also see a fascinating short film of Maggi Hambling sketching on the beach. The Storm, by Christopher Newson, which Hambling helped edit, provides a rare insight into an artist at work.
The exhibition also includes goblets and glasswares by Barry Cullen, ceramics by Mercury Hare and Marcia Blakenham and some stupendous fabrics by the Kuching based designer Edric Ong, winner of a recent Unesco award. You can also see slide shows about global foods and cultural festivals. I've mentioned just a few of the fascinating works on show in this homage to field, river and sea. An imaginative an educative exhibition. Do go along and catch its final weekend.
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