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:

Antonella Scarpa-Isles

Italian born artist Antonella Scarpa-Isles uses representational and impressionistic methods of painting to beautifully blend her landscapes, creating wonderfully realised ethereal scenes. Antonella who originally hails from Tuscany has studied art in both England and Italy and currently resides in a little village outside of Bath. 

Cycle Path between Nailsworth & Stroud

Cycle Path between Nailsworth & Stroud

She was a member and the Company Secretary of Bath Artist Printmakers for many years, but has now left in order to concentrate solely on her painting.  Antonella’s imagery is inspired by local landscapes, and uses monoprint as a starting point to quickly record the idea of a place, building up the basic composition in black ink and then adding layers of colours, using various painting tools and materials.  

Hidden in the Stillness

Hidden in the Stillness

Following the River

Following the River

Despite appearing to depict real locations Antonella seeks to capture a mood rather than a specific location, and says she often relies more on the memory of a place than the place itself.   Water, trees, sky and reflections and how they react with each other are the main elements of her work.  

Fog Lifting

Fog Lifting

BBC Big Painting Challenge

We are delighted to currently be displaying a new contemporary artist who is currently taking the world by storm! Leeds based painter Suman Kaur is the winner of this years BBC’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’.

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Suman says of her work “The themes in my work tend to vary but for the most part I love to experiment with layers of human psyche and expression as well as contrasts of texture to create form.”  Her stunning works utilise a multitude of unorthodox mediums such as shoe polish and coffee and she works on different substrates such as old wood or newspaper!

Portraits on newspaper by Suman Kaur

Portraits on newspaper by Suman Kaur

Close-up of The Ballet Dancer by Suman Kaur

Close-up of The Ballet Dancer by Suman Kaur

As well as experimental mediums, Suman’s forte lies with figurative or portraiture work. The portrait of her father she made as part of the show’s challenge was a beautiful rendition in ochres and soft browns, and the Degas style painting of ballerinas showed confident movement of the dancers.  For Gallery & Barrow, she has sent us another ballet dancer, this time painting on wood with a street-art vibe. 

Suman’s image of the ballet dancers was part of the Big Painting Challenge

Suman’s image of the ballet dancers was part of the Big Painting Challenge

Suman’s arresting portraits and observations of daily life

Suman’s arresting portraits and observations of daily life

Suman Kaur’s work is shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour competition

Suman Kaur’s work is shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour competition

Crumpled Paper and Molten Wax

Who knew that crumpled paper and molten wax could be formed into blossoming, delicate art! What’s more it was the result of admonishing climate change denial!

Field by Bill Zima

Field by Bill Zima

Artist Bill Zima grew up in Chicago but now lives in Scotland where he has reconnected with nature and is inspired by the trees around him changing colours in the seasons.

Bill writes "I never have a preconceived notion of the colour, the piece always guides me in this regard. I respond to the shapes and patterns of the wrinkles, to draw tree trunks and/or branches with charcoal. Oil paint is used for the overall tree and branch structure.  I apply a beeswax/resin ‘glaze’ coating with a palette knife. After the wax phase is complete the whole painting is painted completely black and the oil paint is removed, leaving marks, crevices and traces thus creating a type of visual history. There is a significant amount of chance in this step as I am not entirely sure where the black marks will be. When dry the painting is buffed extensively with steel wool”. Bill even makes his own frames, embedding the image in deep set wood. 

ME3 by Bill Zima

ME3 by Bill Zima

Bill has always been interested in the environment. "When I was a young artist I called myself an environmentalist. Over time, I recognised my carbon footprint was significant and stopped using this description. I am still concerned and worried about the state of the planet. I am also quite dismayed at the coterie who claim there has been no climate change and it was whilst grumbling about these individuals the current body of work was inspired. I was quite angry/upset about climate change denial and distracted with these thoughts when I botched a drawing, crumpled the paper and threw it in the bin. After a few moments of reverie, staring at the shadows formed on the crumpled paper, I connected the thoughts of a ‘throw-away’ society with the trees I began to make.  I extensively manipulated the Kozuke paper (strategic wrinkling) in a rough shape of a tree and then glued the paper to 6mm mdf”  and hence a new technique began.....

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

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Artworks by Bill Zima are available now at Gallery and Barrow, in Bath, UK

FUN NEW SCULPTURES!

We’ve just put the first of two John Clark sculptures on display! John likes to “paint and build people” creating eloquent figures which symbolises his creative imagination and as John says  “Heads float in space, arms lie on planes, figures drift." They're fun and vibrant bringing a dash of colour to the gallery, the first titled “Darling” (below) is a pastel green couple embrassing upon a rustic pink plinth. The second called, “Caught Sleeping" is vibrant red couple one of which is being lifted by the other.

Darling by John Clark

Darling by John Clark

“ The technique used to build them is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is finished with a variety of paints, pigments and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas. "

We love the humour in John’s work and his cunning observance of the human behaviour and form.   Check out some more of his quirky sculptures:

The Lovers by John Clark

The Lovers by John Clark

Caught Sleeping by John Clark

Caught Sleeping by John Clark

The Helping Hand by John Clark

The Helping Hand by John Clark

Hang About!

Unique figurative oil paintings on old wood, have just arrived at the gallery and we love them! Cool, edgy, innovative art on rustic wood - exactly what we crave here at Gallery and Barrow. These artworks are the result of a dedicated creative career - A BBC hair & make up artist and trained wig maker by trade, painting, drawing & making have been intertwined in Sally Whelan's day to day life since she was a child.

"Leap, Dangle, Climb" by Sally Whelan

"Leap, Dangle, Climb" by Sally Whelan

“Dangle” by Sally Whelan

“Dangle” by Sally Whelan

Sallys paintings provoke a feeling of curiosity from the viewer. Her work has strong narrative and bold composition. A witty charm and well observed sense of humour blends uniquely with a hintingly dark undercurrent.  "I mainly work with oil paints on a combination of canvas, collaged old maps, and found bits of wood. Things like rusty street signs and industrial gas tap flaps are popping up more and more in my work these days too. I like an unusual surface...and a challenge!"

Close up detail from “Leap, Dangle, Climb"

Close up detail from “Leap, Dangle, Climb"

“Jump” by Sally Whelan

“Jump” by Sally Whelan

 I paint because it gets the feelings out. If i could sing, or write songs, play music or articulate myself properly I would...but painting just seemed to sort of "happen" along the way. I'm totally self taught so it all happened very naturally, and now I just feel physically wrong if I dont do it."

"Bodies, people, the hidden shades and depths, from the inside out, a fabric that is always changing. Never predictable, always challenging and something I feel compelled to depict."

Swing by the gallery to see them in the flesh! 

Ethereal Portraits by Toni Cogdell

Oil painter Toni Codgell works out of her studio in Bristol, set amidst trees in a small woodland near her home. When viewing the paintings grouped together on a studio visit recently, Toni’s ethereal style became amplified by the prolific volume of her work. The muted colour tones work well with each portrait eliminating a dreamlike quality, the fluid visible brushstrokes showing the confidence with which she works.

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Toni expresses her work as "meandering across the territory of the Human Condition, exploring the constant dialogue, contrasts and tensions between the lives we lead and the lives we feel, our outer and inner worlds, the spaces between the parts. Exploring our individuation as well as our innate connections to nature, time and ultimately to each other. Telling the story of us from the inside out, through painting”.  It’s no wonder the images evoke a spiritual resonance and each portrait tells a story, a story you want it to be

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

We can’t wait for next month when we’ll be showing Toni’s oil paintings here at Gallery & Barrow in Bath.  Come and see the rich quality of work by this young talented artist and decide which portrait you like best.  The portraits are available in a  variety of sizes

New work

It’s always fun when a new batch of artwork arrives from an artist, and opening the bubble-wrap feels like Christmas. This week we had two such deliveries, with new work from Chitra Merchant and Anna Harley. Both prolific screen printers, it’s always a delight when they turn up at the gallery with new images to show. Time for a Tuesday re-hang!  Here some of the screen prints we now have ready to exhibit:

Tyrst (extra large size!) by Chitra Merchant

Tyrst (extra large size!) by Chitra Merchant

Garbhagriha II by Chitra Merchant

Garbhagriha II by Chitra Merchant

Sojourn III By Chitra Merchant

Sojourn III By Chitra Merchant

Catkins by Anna Harley

Catkins by Anna Harley

Gold Leaves by Anna Harley

Gold Leaves by Anna Harley

Autumn Oaks by Anna Harley

Autumn Oaks by Anna Harley

The new hang in the gallery!

The new hang in the gallery!

New gallery displays

New gallery displays

Sculpture Garden

If you have a spare moment while the sun is out, do pop by the sculpture garden in Bradford-on-Avon (Woolley St).   Sculpture is a lovely addition to a beautiful garden and how nice on a summer’s day to be able to wander through the flowers exploring the one-off sculptures.  On display are wood, bronze, wire, stone, ceramics and all manner of different mediums. Exhibitors include Derek Nice, Cathy Wood, Andrea Cryer, Willa Ashworth and Karen Edwards.  Here are some samples

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Gallery Launch Party

Although we’ve been open for a few months already, we finally got round to holding the Gallery & Barrow launch party! It turned out to be great night, the wine flowed, lots of people came and the small gallery was full of smiley visitors. Thank you to the artists who managed to swing by, including Jacqueline Byrne, Otto & Elena, Mark Thomas, Anna Harley and Heloise O’Keefe. Thank you for helping with the bar, Roman and Emma and thank you BathLife magazine for covering the event. Many guests even came from afar including Bristol, Portishead and Salisbury. 

We held an art raffle and the prizes included two lovely screen prints by Anna Harley and Sarah Targett, greetings cards by Nick Cudworth and Clare Cutts, a wooden easel, handmade papers and canvasses.  Well done to the winners! 

Thanks for a great evening. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the gallery soon!

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Woodcuts by Martine Baldwin

We have some gorgeous new arrivals in the gallery this week, lovely woodcuts by Martine Baldwin. Her recent work explores her personal connection to the tidal landscape of the Severn Estuary – its expansiveness, hidden depths and changing moods as well as locations in Cornwall and Ireland.  Her woodcuts are synonymous of landscapes reduced to essential lines and shapes by the action of wind and water.  The woodcuts - which take months to create -  have a soft tonal palette of sage green, blues and greys

North Cornwall Coast by Martine Baldwin

North Cornwall Coast by Martine Baldwin

Severn Walk by Martine Baldwin

Severn Walk by Martine Baldwin

Estuary Wall by Martine Baldwin

Estuary Wall by Martine Baldwin

Towards First Cove by Martine Baldwin

Towards First Cove by Martine Baldwin

Bath Spa Uni Degree Show

It’s always a pleasure to go and see graduation art shows. This year was no exception as I took a look around the Bath Spa University degree show at the arts campus on Sion Hill. Here is a small selection

Matthew Withey

Matthew Withey

Tawy

Tawy

Summer Varley

Summer Varley

Nathan Down

Nathan Down

SJ Walton

SJ Walton

Jennie Tu design

Jennie Tu design

Sophie Minto design

Sophie Minto design

Rebecca Hurn

Rebecca Hurn

and of course many more! Lots of inspirational ideas and talent

Bravo Anna Harley

Well done to Anna Harley for selling over 20 prints at the Affordable art fair in Hampstead! It seems her series on trees is a particularly popular subject matter for the residents of Hampstead, plus they are absolutely beautiful screen prints of course, with subtle tones and a few soft metallics thrown in. We just love them - I think we need a re-stock!

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Anna also has Moon Shadow in the Victoria Gallery in Bath currently as part of the Bath Society of Artists group exhibition. On view until July 15th