THE work of five artists, all with Cornish connections, is currently on display in an exhibition entitled ‘Landscapes and Wordscapes’ in the Willoughby Gallery and the Blanchminster Room at Bude Castle, writes Christine Williams.
The influence of Cornwall can clearly be seen on the paintings of Chris Edwards’ with her beautiful land and seascapes such as ‘Front over Widemouth Bay’.
Chris said: “I hope to capture something emotive that the viewer can share, so the painting can live on, holding more than just colour, texture, line and form.”
Nottinghamshire based painter, Elaine Nash, describes her paintings as a ‘journey for the eyes’. She likes to create semi-abstract atmospheric landscapes using an experimental approach to watercolour, mixed media and collage. In paintings such as ‘Busy bees and blossom’ and ‘Look down then look down’ she invites the viewer to look beyond the outward appearance of things and discover different aspects for themselves.
‘Bird’s nest’ and ‘Feather in the grass’ are in a selection of intricate ink drawings by Bristol based Liane Tancock. She loves to sketch the natural wild areas in the Bristol area and frequently it is the smaller details that gain her attention.
Clare Catt, who lives in Dorset, creates figurative and abstract paintings inspired by her experience. ‘Gold on Black’, Hanging Moon’ and ‘We look up; you look down’. Paintings such as ‘View from Chysauster’ and three views of Port Gaverne show how the landscape of Cornwall also inspires her.
Scattered around the two rooms are sculptures made from driftwood, which Bryan Sentence, a painter, sculptor and potter from Holsworthy, salvages from the beaches of North Cornwall and skilfully transforms into a variety of birds from curlews to cormorants and puffins to peregrines.
Accompanying many of the pictures are the words of poets and writers who have provided the impetus for a painting or inspired it. Visitors are invited to ‘look and look again’ to see how the artists interpret the places and things that most fascinate them and to engage in fun activities that will challenge their ways of looking and seeing.