Sparkling start to the season

An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings is at The Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth until May 21. Open Weekdays 11-5, Saturdays 2-5.

An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings is at The Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth until May 21. Open Weekdays 11-5, Saturdays 2-5.

If you can picture Gustav Klimt's paintings viewed through an abstract veil, accept that all life possesses a burning inner core, that humanity and architecture are intermingled, and that even fungi can be erotic then you have lots of imagination. Moreover, you'll certainly enjoy the Halesworth's latest exhibition; an eclectic mix of media and styles.

To cite Klimt as an influence in Penny Hunt's acrylic and mixed media paintings is only part of the story. Like Klimt's works they are decorative, at times figurative (even when loosely based on beach and land), and beautifully composed. Hunt, however, is a painter whose pattern and markings are soft, fluid and even dreamy. In Set Aside, and Beach 1, thin, multi-layered, and subtle hues create a watery, abstract world in which light and dark areas of paint marry with space and shape in a sensual way. Winter Wood 1 is more pictorial, but equally atmospheric.

Fran Pemberton's acrylic and mixed media paintings are far louder; zinging with bright colour and frequently possessing a central cell of light from which a semi-abstract narrative grows, particularly in Mutable, and Form. Some of Pemberton's paintings, including Passage, show a central force circled by a loose network of line, reminiscent of the lead structure in a stained glass window; and suggestive of a journey or a tunnel towards light. These are warm, vital works that explore nature on a variety of levels.


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They could not be more different than Dave Sumner's graphite on paper drawings that portray the human figure and nature with technical expertise and sensuality in a graphic but imaginative style. Torso is particularly strong, and Sumner's series of drawings of poppies and fungi are extremely erotic.

Oliver Creed's sculptures in stoneware clay reminded me of well known East Anglian sculptor Jonathan Clarke's work in their themes; architectural and figurative, and quite heroic in concept. Standing Piece, and Church Form (two works), like all Creed's sculptures, owe something to the Constructivism movement, and are very masculine.An exciting and eclectic show. Don't miss it!

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