Highly-acclaimed South West-based artists in Lyme Regis
PUBLISHED: 09:41 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:41 02 August 2016
An exciting exhibition of three highly-acclaimed South West-based artists comes to Lyme Regis this month. Carol Burns finds out more
Expression brings together the work of veteran painters’ John Hubbard and Patrick Jones and ceramicist Chris Prindl in an orgy of colour, shape and structure. The work unites a shared experience and cultural influences, from music and the natural world to expressions of joy and passion and hopes for a fairer society.
Painter John Hubbard hails originally from Connecticut and came to Dorset – via Japan, where he served in the United States army and New York – in 1961. His work can be found in major public collections worldwide. His painting alludes to natural forms, to the rhythms of growing things and recreating the experience of being in a particular place. This selection of paintings that are on show were produced between 2001 and 2002 and includes Foaming which has never reached the eyes of an audience outside the studio - so the exhibition marks a rare opportunity for Hubbard aficionados.
Fellow painter Patrick Jones was born in Sidmouth in neighbouring Devon and spent time in New York during the 1980s where he undertook a masters in Fine Art and took part in the famous Triangle Workshops and mingled with influential artists like Larry Poons, Helen Frankenthaler Ray Parker – and he had work chosen for exhibition by the highly influenial art critic Clement Greenberg.
Trained by Patrick Heron and Terry Frost, Jones associates himself with the abstract expressionists that dominated American art and describes his work as ‘improvised fun’.
A tour of his studio reveals a collection of paintings and prints that express the visible world, but allowing subconscious images and experiences to filter through to the canvas. The art of seeing is as important in Jones’ work as in the painting. The majority of paintings from his time in America and immediately afterwards now sit in private collections worldwide.
“I did most of the work on show on my second visit to America,” he tells me. “I was up in New York State in these enormous barns where I met lots of famous artists who encouraged me.”
American ceramicist Chris Prindl was born in Frankfurt in 1968 and lived in Sussex and Japan before moving to Cornwall 20 years ago. Prindl first started making pots in 1987 with the highly influential Japanese-American ceramist Toshiko Takaezu. At the same time as making increasingly monumental bowls, jars and Moon Jars, he has produced the fine pieces in porcelain. These delicate bowls, dressed in their tantalising glazes will be on show.
The exhibition is curated by South West gallerist Deborah Wood from The Art Room and follows the success of her curated summer exhibition by Benedict Rubbra at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter. “This is the first time the Malthouse has hosted an exhibition of work by such renowned artists,” she says.
“Philip Clayton, who organises the space and runs the exhibitions, has undertaken a programme of refurbishment to ensure the work is presented to the highest standard. For me it’s a delightful opportunity to continue the work of The Art Room and help shape a new future for the Malthouse.”
Expression - The Town Mill Gallery - 30 July-16 August
Open 10.30am-4.30pm each day at Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU; townmill.org.uk
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