"Still Lifes - Fruit and Flowers"
The next exhibition, "Still Lifes - Fruit and Flowers" opens at
the Waterfront Gallery on Saturday 10 September and features the
work of professional painters Ken Maycock, David Gould and Simon
Royer. Still Life art work typically the depiction of
inanimate objects, flowers, fruit, shells, food etc. dates back to
Egyptian and Roman times gives artists the opportunity and freedom
to make their own arrangements within a composition and is often
used to explore painters' methods of expression, also often used by
the impressionists and post impressionists.
Ken Maycock, who has a strong preoccupation with colour and
space is now a permanent Pembrokeshire resident since his
retirement from teaching at Dulwich College, studied as a graduate
and post graduate at the Slade School in London. About this recent
work, mainly flower paintings, Ken said
"I have an aversion to lengthy artists' statements. I
think the work speaks for itself. I have usually painted still life
pictures from direct observation with the objects in front of me.
Recently however, I have tried to rely more on my powers of
invention and have dispensed with the objects altogether."
David Gould, a Royal College graduate and also retired art
teacher now living in Cardiff talking about his work explained
"These paintings are always a celebration of light, colour, surface
and volume, concerned with the interactions between objects and
light, as well as being descriptions of fruit and have been
influenced by the paintings of Morandi, Cezanne, Chardin and many
other European painters of the C17th.
"In contrast, Simon Royer who lives in Brecon, developed an
early love of natural history and following a career in
advertising, self-taught he began to paint in 1998. His primary
medium is oil, together with a finely tuned application of detail,
layers and glazes. He has since had a successful career exhibiting
in London with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, a finalist in
the BBC Wildlife Exhibition, exhibitor in the David Shepherd
Wildlife Exhibition, etc. He is also well known for his work taking
inspiration from the marine and aquatic environments and studies of
species, ecologies and habitats.
David Randell, gallery director said "We are delighted to be
exhibiting the work of these mature professional artists showing
their observational skills in paint in contrast to the many
seascapes and landscapes that we frequently show in the
gallery."The exhibition continues until 29 October and the gallery
is open from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am till 4.00pm, closed for
lunch 12.30pm till 1.30pm.
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