Sunday 7th November - Saturday 27th November
An exhibition of paintings by five artists: Christopher Johnson, Duncan Wood, Louis Turpin, Ian Hargreaves and Lucien Rees-Roberts.
Christopher Johnson: is an international artist of great distinction. Born in Zimbabwe, Johnson divides his time between Britain, Europe and South Africa but regards the UK as his home.
‘While Christopher Johnson seeks his subject matter in landscape, he handles his paint with verve and vigour, squaring the circle that makes form and content of equal importance and forging that creative tension that is essential in any work of art. In a series of paintings of scenes from home and abroad and favouring a long format, whether horizontal or vertical, he shows himself adept both in his use of colour and in his whiplash calligraphic line. … Johnson is a sensitive and perceptive artist whose future is well worth watching.’ (Richard Jaques in ‘The Scotsman’)
Christopher Johnson has exhibited widely, both in the UK and abroad, including: The Aldeburgh Gallery, Pierrepont Fine Art (Oxford), The Scottish Gallery, Rhodean College (Johannesburg), St John’s College
(Johannesburg) and at the Fosse Gallery. His solo exhibitions include galleries in London, Oxford, Stockbridge, Edinburgh and Gloucestershire.
Duncan Wood: his widely admired paintings are homage’s to particular aspects of the first-hand visible world of landscape, still life and the figure and sometimes, as with his recent and ongoing ‘Trunk Series’, a mixture of all three genre. They also contain layers of past visual memory and perhaps unavoidably intimations from previously seen historic and contemporary art.
He has taught fine art for over fifteen years at institutions including the University of London, The Royal Academy Schools and recently at The V&A’s new Sackler Centre for Art Education and is a senior faculty member and tutor at The Prince’s Drawing School and an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield Hallam University.
Recent exhibitions include, ‘ Atlantic’, Fosterart Ltd (Contemporary Art Projects), five British and five American painters, in association with the Howard-Scott Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2003/4;
Three-man exhibition with Lucian Freud and Christopher Bramham, Browse & Darby, 2007; Group exhibition, Buxton Art Gallery, with Elizabeth Frink, Lucian Freud and Stephen Conroy, 2008; Threadneedle Prize, 2008; Christmas Exhibition, Browse & Darby, 2009
Louis Turpin: Born in post-war London, the son of artists living in Brixton.
On leaving school he studied Architecture before changing direction and going to art school. The last half of his Fine Art painting course was spent film-making and, on graduation, he became involved in film work in London. He soon became profoundly disillusioned with London and moved to the countryside of the Kent and Sussex borders.
In 1975, Louis began to concentrate on painting and, in an intense three-month period of work, he moved from abstraction to figuration. The hop garden outside his cottage was the pathway through to figurative painting. Once this change of direction had been consolidated, he began painting his rural environment and at the same time pursued his interest in the figure. These paintings contained the same iconography as his film work. Many canvases were of his wife Davida, dressing, eating and drinking and in bed. Several portrait commissions followed.
In 1980, Louis won the South East Arts (SEA) Major Award. This award enabled him to complete a series of ‘Provincial Interiors’ which made up the nucleus of his first one-man show in 1981 in Oxford, which was timed to coincide with the inauguration of Green College, Oxford.
In 1985, inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s garden at Sissinghurst he embarked upon a continuing series of British garden paintings. This year also saw the start of a series of very successful one-man shows throughout the UK, and latterly in the USA. During this period he also continued to paint his distinctive portraits as shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and at international contemporary art fairs. His work has featured in several publications including Anthony Huxley’s ‘The Painted Garden’.
In 1986, one of his paintings of Davida was selected for the National Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This lead directly to his being commissioned to paint ‘Miss Pears 1986’.
In 1993, Louis was invited to exhibit in York in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme. This was the first of a series of National Garden Scheme exhibitions around the country, including a one-man show in Henley which was the subject of a major article in the Sunday Times ‘Classic’ magazine.
‘The man who creates the most beautiful gardens in Britain does not do so with a fork and spade, but with a brush and paint. He loves to work with bright light and colour yet the riot of colours never overwhelms the senses and Turpin’s stylised technique enables him to combine vitality with the shades and stillness inseparable in the mind’s eye from the classic English garden.’ (Philip Jacobson in ‘The Sunday Express’)
In 1996, Louis completed several commissions to produce paintings for hotels including a suite of paintings for the Bedruthen Steps Hotel, Cornwall. 1997 saw a commission to paint the gardens and landscape of Glyndebourne.
Ian Hargreaves: Born in 1957, Ian Hargreaves studied Technical Graphics at Bournemouth Art College before deciding that fine art was his natural outlet. He set out across Europe, recording his travels in watercolour and falling in love with Italy – something that would influence his work many years later.
Ian lived the Bohemian life in the early eighties, earning his keep by painting portraits in London and Palermo, before moving to North Germany in 1985 to paint and raise a family. Solo exhibitions include Gallery Mensch, Hamburg (1988 and 1990), Kunst im Salon, Dusseldorf (1989), Gallery Seywald, Salzburg (2006 and 2007). His work has also been purchased for many public collections.
Ian now works mainly in acrylics and since 2005 has been exhibiting in England as well as in Germany. Group and joint exhibitions in London include New Grafton (2005 and 2007) and with Linda Blackstone and Island Fine Arts at the Affordable Art Fair in 2006. He is a member of The International Guild of Realism and his current paintings, for example of Venice, are stunningly realistic and full of acute social observation and comment.
Lucien Rees Roberts: was born in England and is the third generation of painters in his family. He studied architenctre at Cambridge University. Since 1981, he has lived and painted in New York.
In the last few years, he has been commissioned to work on murals, both oil and tile. A mosaic swimming pool has been widely published here and abroad and also appeared in a recently published book by Kelly Klein called Pools. Swid Powell has commissioned Lucien and the architect Steven Harris to design a china series "Toscana." He has recently completed a mural 7' by 22' in Minneapolis for Girarrosto Toscano restaurant.
The Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm
Fosse Gallery Fine Art
The Manor House, The Square, Stow on the Wold, Glos. GL54 1AF
Telephone 01451 831319
Source: Fosse Gallery Fine Art