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"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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