Many thanks to Exmouth Journal's reporter, Philippa Davies, who has (this week) written up an article about my forthcoming exhibition at St Ives' Penwith Gallery. Thanks also to Ivor Cleves who took the photograph that accompanies the article. The photograph in the Journal shows me at work on the latest of my paintings Stellar Rising. This picture is a tribute to a dear friend. As I write, there are three weeks until the Private View.
I am looking forward to meeting many friends... both old and new... at the Private View.
The Manor Magazine is a great way of finding out what is coming up in the art world in Devon and Cornwall.... and beyond. I have an article and an advert about my exhibition, in the Penwith Gallery, St Ives, in the latest edition. Please take a look if you have free time. You can find Manor magazine on-line, or in galleries. Manor is not exclusively about the arts. It also covers subjects about food and fashion.
Exhibition - Penwith Gallery, St Ives
Exhibition at Penwith Gallery, St Ives
This year is what it is all about for me in art terms. I am working towards an exhibition at the Penwith Gallery,
St Ives in March. The gallery is one I hold in great regard as it keeps up with the best in west country arts. It was founded by greats such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barnes Graham. Later Patrick Heron and Terry Frost became members. Anthony Frost and Noel Betowski is involved there these days.
I'm pasting the poster the Penwith Gallery is using to Advertise my exhibition. I hope you will take a look.
St Ives is very beautiful in the Spring so well worth a visit for the joy of the light and sense of artistic 'belonging'.
And of course, there's 'having a jar at The Sloop'!
Liz Cleves makes Abstract Paintings. Her work is clear and has a flat, geometric colour space. Each painting is a journey of self discovery. The depth, weight, tone and hue of each area is crucial to the paintings’ individual quality. It is the choice of weight, colour, tone and hue, plus imagination, which Liz which brings to each work to create a sense of life. There is always an unknown quality which gives the work something special, and Liz is very involved with that. Her work is unique and quite special.
Patrick Jones, Abstract Painter
'Rising' - large acrylic on canvas
(see in site gallery)
As a teenager I knew my head was full of colours. I knew I had a brilliant memory for colour but had no idea at all of what use it might be… it did not feel like a talent or of any use. I just felt like the inside of my head was full of paint tubes.
Once I began painting in a serious way I recognized that colours popped up as ideas and I used them as a matter of course. I did not have a developed sense of how to select. It was often intuitive – mainly…. but occasionally informed by study. Then there were one or two light bulb moments. Those moments keep one in focus and able to make progress.
To start way back, the colours I used in my earlier work referred back to growing up in West Cornwall. These references were gathered from the local light; the atmosphere; shadowy places between houses; the changing surface of the sea; the layered paint on fishing vessels. This palette developed out of being a Cornish girl in a traditional Cornish setting.
This ‘sense’ of colour lasted me into my sixties, as I dipped in and out of painting. Recently I have begun a growing sense of unease about continuing with that palette. At that point I see that I need to make progress by thinking anew; take a chance and most importantly asking the question ‘What do I want to communicate in my pictures?’
I have grown past the ‘earlier’ way of referencing colour in my painting life. I have reached past a crossroads where I thought I must definitely learn about how other artists use colour. That has happened, and now I find myself developing and working with colours that come from a present time relationship with life and joy.
At this point I see that the palette I had been so married to was in fact weighing me down and had begun to feel like an anchor that stopped me moving my thinking forward and deprived me of the chance to ‘light up’ and to express what is current and immeasurably wonderful to me.
When it comes to it, I still go back to the environment I live in. In that sense I have not changed. The difference is in what I actually select to put in my work.
Not being squashed under the commercial elephant
‘It’s all very well’ says the struggling artist… ‘all very well to keep to the high ground and assert that we should all beourselvesand not get caught up in making our work commercial so that we can earn a crust!’ ‘Huh!’ AND….. I have to agree!
Artists are caught between being true to themselves and risking being unmarketable, etc., etc. curtailing their inclinations that lead them into creativity, in order to have work accepted in galleries, to be known and to be acknowledged.
It is an old dilemma but one that is also current.
I wonder if things could be different? Could we live in a society that, perhaps, sees art as intrinsically important to it, and so could put a higher value on creativity.