Rebecca Hawkins: Sculptor and artist

 All the Stars We Cannot See by Rebecca Hawkins

All the Stars We Cannot See by Rebecca Hawkins

 Into The Light by Rebecca Hawkins

Into The Light by Rebecca Hawkins

Based near Andover in Wiltshire, Rebecca creates beautiful drawings and sculptures which hold strength, movement and elegance at their core. Her own line of work explores the strength and courage of women in situations where they are culturally or socially stigmatised. Rebecca is especially interested in the notion of what it means to feel empowered for women who are born into more challenging environments, and of the concept of Physis: "the determination to grow and survive", for women and girls across the world facing social and environmental hardship.

 Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

 Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca’s distinctive line of charcoal drawings have developed over the last 12 years. Time spent travelling and working in Nepal and India has given her an unbending respect for the women who live there. Inspired by their elegance, strength and humility in the face of social and environmental hardship, she has sought to pay homage to them through her drawings. Drawing from her minds eye, Rebecca aims to capture their sense of movement and the unmistakable “feel” of what it is to see these ethereal paragons in their surroundings. Gradually over the years she has started to introduce the use of gold leaf, and cultural references in the form of block printing found in their saris, into her drawings. Using a technique she has developed, she draws on gold leaf to build beautiful and unusual drawings which pay homage to the women who evolve from within them. Rebecca’s emphasis on traditional skills while incorporating beautifully crafted imagery is building a reputation with private and public collectors alike, both in the UK and abroad.

 framed and in the gallery now

framed and in the gallery now

 framed and in the gallery now

framed and in the gallery now

Within her sculpture, Rebecca works with the traditional figurative style, and more abstract sheet metal work designed primarily for the garden.  Her figurative, work is usually modelled in clay and then cast in either bronze or bronze resin.  Rebecca works to all scale with public commissioning bodies, garden designers and private clients alike

Rebecca has worked on a number of humanitarian projects, including working with the Esther Benjamins Trust in 2009 in Nepal, setting up a sculpture workshop to provide therapy through the art of making to victims of child trafficking. 

Dreams Afar Exhibition

Dreams Afar

Exhibition: July 3rd - Aug 4th

Travel inspired artworks

The Dreams Afar exhibition features art inspired by travel and culture.  The artworks include drawings of African safari animals, screen prints of everyday life in rural India and portraits of Sri Lankan workers, oil paintings of Japanese kimono, and a watercolour of Spanish flamenco. The featured artists include: Rebecca Hawkins; Natasha Kumar; Chitra Merchant; Jamel Akib; Veronica MacKinnon; Rennie Pilgrem; Marisa Cyd; Bryony Cox and mosaics by Antonella Scarpa-Isles. 

Chitra Merchant and Natasha Kumar both draw on their own Indian heritage to inform their artworks of rural life in India or historical temple sites. Rebecca Hawkins uses charcoal to delicately show the swirl of sari’s surrounded by gold leaf and block-print emblems 

 Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

 Vestige by Chitra Merchant

Vestige by Chitra Merchant

 Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Veronica MacKinnon’s detailed drawings of African Safari animals include lions resting, wildebeest in motion, and the fixed gaze of a caracal cat.

 Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

The exhibition can be viewed throughout July

Butterflies, Birds & Bees

Once again we were thrilled with the delightful entries we received for our quarterly competition. The theme this time was “Butterflies, Birds & Bees” and we seem to have received a wide variety of styles and subjects.  One painting even included all 3 - well done Sam Brett-Atkin!

 Spring by Yean teo

Spring by Yean teo

 Orchid by Yean Teo

Orchid by Yean Teo

 silk textile design by Laura Suthon

silk textile design by Laura Suthon

 Hebomoia Gloucippe by Jill Iliffe

Hebomoia Gloucippe by Jill Iliffe

 Reverie by Sam Brett-Atkin

Reverie by Sam Brett-Atkin

The joint winners were: Katia Bellini for her beautiful oil painting “Birds of Sirius” and Yean Teo for “Spring” and “Orchid”, Chinese Ink and pigment on rice paper. Congrats to the other finalists: Sam Brett-Atkin; Laura Suthon (for butterfly textile designs on silk scarfs); Jill Iliffe (for her butterfly painting)

 Birds of Sirius by Katia Bellini

Birds of Sirius by Katia Bellini

Thank you to everyone who entered and keep an eye on the website for future competitions! The next one is “Dreams Afar”: Travel inspired artworks (exhibition in July & August)

New Artist: Jamel Akib

We’re delighted to be working with super talented artist Jamel Akib.  He has worked successfully as an artist for many years, showing at numerous exhibitions and art fairs around the country, as well as teaching art at his own workshops. We have his gorgeous, vibrant Puffins and Hummingbirds as part of our mixed show this May and June

 Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

 Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

If you need a pop of colour for your room then look no further! Akib doesn’t hold back with brushes of thick, glorious paint and creates wonderful movement in his oil paintings. 

 Puffin by Jamel Akib

Puffin by Jamel Akib

 Puffin by Jamel Akib

Puffin by Jamel Akib

Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England, on the 4th November 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage.  He moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five and returned to England to pursue further education at the age of thirteen.  He gained a BA honours Degree in Illustration in 1989.  He began working for the London Observer newspaper while still a student at art college, and has since become an award winning artist involved in many exhibitions and commissions.

He has so far illustrated the covers for three booker prize finalists and has a long list of credits for illustration stretching far and wide. He lives in Salisbury, England with his wife and two boys.

 Kimono by Jamel Akib

Kimono by Jamel Akib

 Ballerina by Jamel Akib

Ballerina by Jamel Akib

Congratulations competition winners

Well done to the winners of the first Gallery & Barrow art competition “Bonny Botanical”. We were blown away by the high standard of entries and thank everyone for entering the competition. We currently have six winning pictures up in the gallery so if you’re passing do pop in and take a look

 "New Beginnings” - Encaustic wax painting by Lynne Miller

"New Beginnings” - Encaustic wax painting by Lynne Miller

This lovely entry came in a pair by Lynne Miller all the way from North Carolina.  The coloured wax has been used to create these beautiful floral designs in a charming way and the finish almost looks like a ceramic tile. We just love them!

 "Siam Tulip”. Collage by Penny Brown

"Siam Tulip”. Collage by Penny Brown

 "Blue Hydrangea”. Watercolour by Susan Thomson

"Blue Hydrangea”. Watercolour by Susan Thomson

 “Desiccated Tulip”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

“Desiccated Tulip”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

 “Chinese Lanterns”. Drawing by Christine Lawes

“Chinese Lanterns”. Drawing by Christine Lawes

Some of the artists who entered the competition are professional botanical artists and it was a delight to see the variety of styles and methods used. 

If you’d like to enter our next competition “Butterflies, Birds & Bees” - see the website menu “Art Competitions" for details

 “Vintage Roses”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

“Vintage Roses”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

Gallery & Barrow are opening in Stroud!

From March 1st, you can find us both in Bath and also in Stroud! We are delighted to be renting wall space at The Malthouse Collective in Stroud. The old brewery building is now a haven for antiques, crafts and art.  

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You can find us upstairs from March 1st onwards. Why not make a day of it and have lunch in the adjoining Malthouse Bar & Kitchen. Parking is easy - right in front. For more information go to: https://themalthousecollective.co.uk

The basement is soon to be filled with artist studios and workshops. The ground floor is full of antiques and designer makers and the first floor will be artists, galleries, dealerships and crafts. Seek out our wall (far end) and then shop 'til you drop!

As well as meeting new customers we look forward to checking out all the local artists in Stroud and the surrounding villages

The address is: Salmon Springs Trading Estate
Cheltenham Road
Stroud
GL6 6NU

See you there soon!

New Artist: Esther Brown

Gallery and Barrow are delighted to shortly be receiving original paintings by Esther Brown.

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Based in Ireland, Esther is a highly skilled draughtsman and conceptual artist, having achieved a BA Honours in Fine Art and experience working as a print designer in high fashion house Alexander McQueen where her drawings were printed as T shirts and scarves in their SS 2014 collection. Her Bone China drawings won her the 1st prize at the Ranger House Exhibition Guildford 2014, and This is My Body was shortlisted in the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award 2014 top ten.
 
 

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Showing precise technical skill, Esther's work is centred mainly on the themes of brokenness and restoration, ideas of symmetry and utopianism.

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 We can’t wait to receive her paintings and look forward to seeing more work from Esther over the coming months

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Art Competition “Bonny Botanical"

Have you entered our first Gallery & Barrow art competition yet?  Just click on the link “Art Competitions” in the menu bar of the website for details on how to enter.  It’s free! Here are some pictures for inspiration, just think plants, leaves, trees, floral, petals, palms and the more contemporary and innovative the better!  All mediums are welcome from ceramics to mixed-media. 

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We’ve already been receiving some delightful entries, all extremely varied in style and format. Keep them coming! The winners will be exhibited in the group show in March in the gallery in Bath, alongside artwork from G&B artists.  The exhibition will be kick-started with a small drinks party from 3 - 5pm on Sat March 3rd - do come and join us and see all the wonderful and colourful botanical art on display!

 Feeling Pink by Elodie May

Feeling Pink by Elodie May

Susan Laughton

In the new year, the gallery is excited to be showing some fresh new artists.  Susan Laughton, brings a serene sense of peacefulness to the new year, with these delightfully tranquil pieces of botanical and also architectural art:

Susan writes: "My paintings and drawings evolve from half-remembered glimpses seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography, the dislocated reverie of long car journeys, or from more studied compositions. The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque or static view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which my reductive personal responses develop. Man made structures in particular impose their presence: telegraph poles, fences, power lines, isolated buildings - structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time and distance.

Process and materials are important to me as a way of allowing the paintings to emerge as objects in their own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...’

Having worked as an architect for years, Susan has been working as an artist since 2002 and has had numerous solo and group shows all over the UK.  Susan now lives and works in Congleton, Cheshire, and we can’t wait to show her work here in Bath from Feb onwards.

 Susan Laughton at work

Susan Laughton at work

The Big Gallery & Barrow Sale!

Join us from Jan 5th - 13th for The Big Gallery & Barrow sale!! Many artworks from the previous year will be temporarily sold at discounted prices.  Hundreds of £££ off altogether! Do pop in to the gallery to grab a bargain! Don’t miss out! 

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From Jan 14th - Feb 2nd, the gallery will be closed but artworks from the sale can still be viewed and purchased by appointment. Just call Heidi on: 07958 775744 to make an appointment.

From Feb 3rd the gallery will be open again, with usual hours and opening times except that it will be closed on Tuesdays as well.  The gallery will be open: Wed - Sat (10.30am - 5.30pm) and closed Sun - Tues inclusive.  

In March the gallery will be back to usual opening times. The gallery will feature the first curated mixed show “Bonny Botanical” and will include competition winners from our first G&B art competition (details to follow shortly!)

See you in the gallery soon!!

 

The Buy Art Fair, Manchester

In October G&B headed north to the Buy Art Fair in Manchester. What a great city Manchester is - easy to walk around and full of great restaurants and bars. We loved it. Here are some of the photos from the show.  Well done to Andy Coombs who sold not one, but all of four of his sculptures and to Chitra Merchant who also sold well at the exhibition

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"Winter Scenes” exhibition

November and December at the gallery will feature a “Winter Scenes” exhibition, with new artwork from various artists showing mountains, skiers, snow landscapes and cabins. 

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Cabin by Rennie Pilgrem

 Penglai by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung

Penglai by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung

 Apres Ski by Rennie Pilgrem

Apres Ski by Rennie Pilgrem

 Morning light. Screen print by Clare Cutts

Morning light. Screen print by Clare Cutts

 Snow by Sarah Targett

Snow by Sarah Targett

 Oak House by Rennie Pilgrem

Oak House by Rennie Pilgrem

Meet the Artists event!

Thank you to everyone who came to the “Meet The Artists” event on Saturday in conjunction with the “Psyche, Dreams & Spaces” exhibition. Artists Toni Cogdell and Antonella Scarpa-Isles were in the gallery to discuss their work. The wine flowed and the afternoon whizzed by! Here are some of the photos: