Sensational sights of Suffolk

Visual Sensations - Summer Show is at Buckenham Galleries, 81, High Street, Southwold until August 29.Visual Sensations, now showing at Buckenham Galleries, provides an opportunity to see contemporary work by some of the galleries most successful artists.

Visual Sensations - Summer Show is at Buckenham Galleries, 81, High Street, Southwold until August 29.

Visual Sensations, now showing at Buckenham Galleries, provides an opportunity to see contemporary work by some of the galleries most successful artists. It's a colourful, exciting show, covering a vast array of media and styles; including some superb local landscapes.

Jonathan Trim's Reflections On The River Stour, mixed media, is an emotive work, richly coloured in deep blues and greens in which loose brushwork is combined with areas of fine detail. Tiny dots of paint create added depth.

It makes a good contrast to Chrissy Norman's more economic black and white lithograph From Covehithe To Benacre Broad; an image which impresses through the power of its loose line, dramatic jutting cliff, and technical prowess.


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Equally interesting is Chris Forsey's Moon Rise, Woodbridge, acrylic.

Forsey's palette is unusual, dominated by lilacs. A loose patchwork of these hues form patterns of light on the planks of boats and a small jetty. The effect is quite arresting.

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Cyndi Speer's Fireworks, oil, is also dominated by lilacs, and rich dreamy purples. It's a surreal image in which a curving tree sprouts from a small mass of land, afloat deep waters. The fireworks in the sky resemble the downy tufts of dandelion heads as they explode their seeds. Interesting.

Also unusual is Lia Melia's glistening Looking Up II, mixed media on aluminium, which resembles an abstract underwater world of rich bubbling colour. Water is also the subject of Jill Draper's Reflections, a thread painting; not an easy media to master but one that Draper shows great ability and imagination in.

Jill Hodgson's June Grasses I and II make an interesting diptych, although could work separately too. The use of plaster, scored into and graced with multi-layered paint, adds depth and reality to these elegant images.

Also elegant are Susan Tulton's large abstract Raku ceramics. Their towering forms, richly coloured in green and copper lustres and spidery markings, are decorated with copper wire. Juliet Gorman's African Sunset, smoked fire ceramic, is also stunning; a jigsaw of curving pieces forming a watery seascape with a black sun at its centre.

Among the sculptures in the show don't miss Kate Newlyn's small bronze resin Mother And Child, sensitive, simple and emotive, and her dramatic Fall Of Icarus, also bronze resin. Beatrice Hoffman's figures Ecstatic, and Side By Side, both bronze resin, are also fabulous. Amusingly dumpy in form they truly convey the meaning of their titles.

Finally, Ina Scholte Albers' mixed media paintings Your Secrets Are Safe With Me, and Between Us, are arresting in their sensuality, palette and use of text, and convey much understanding of male female relationships. Wonderful.

I've mentioned just a small selection of work in this very large exhibition.

Do go along and enjoy it yourself.

Sonia Carvill

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