Evie Williams

New work by Adrian Mitchell coming soon …

We are looking forward to seeing Adrian Mitchell at the end of October when he travels over from Spain to deliver a new collection of his beautiful turned wooden vessels.  These new works, mainly crafted from Holm oak, have all been turned from green wood and allowed to dry slowly, change shape and in some cases crack to reveal interesting details.

These organic changes in material are very much part of the work, I see it as a mark of this place where we live and of the forces of the natural world. All the work is finished in oil and beeswax and the black pieces have ebonised using a natural process with a ferrous solution of wire wool dissolved in vinegar which reacts with the tannin in the oak.

Adrian lives and works in Andalucia, where he works with local timbers such as olive, almond, carob and chestnut, from trees often felled for firewood.  Using a few basic tools he achieves an intimacy with the wood, which guides his inspiration. His simple, unadorned forms turned from green wood and slowly air dried take on subtle natural distortions and express something of the harsh beauty of the landscape around him.

All images courtesy of the artist.  The new pieces will be available at the gallery from 6 November.  Please contact the gallery if you’d like to receive a full list of works.

MATT WAITE STUDIO VISIT

On Monday I had the chance to go and catch up with Matt Waite at his studio at Stowford Manor Farm near Trowbridge (where I also discovered some amazing blackberries!).

After rebuilding his kiln this year, Matt has been working on some really interesting new pieces and exploring different glazes.  I’m delighted to say that many of these new pieces will be going into his exhibition at the gallery in November.  I took a few behind the scenes photos in his studio and caught some of the new work.  Alongside the number of individual pieces for the show Matt is also making a new range of tableware exclusively for the gallery, which will be revealed in November so watch this space! And do sign up to the mailing list to receive an invitation to Matt’s show 20 November – 3 December.

NEW ARTISTS SUMMER 2015

Our newly opened ‘Late Summer Show’ sees the introduction of six new artists to the gallery.

We’re delighted to be showing three Bristol-based artists: Ian Chamberlain, Stewart Geddes RWA and Midge Naylor RWA, Bath artists: Andrew Lansley and Sally Muir along with textile designs from Birmingham-based Rosie Moss.

Ian Chamberlain is an experienced printmaker and lecturer based in Bristol.  He is fascinated by symbols of derelict technologies and portrays these man made objects and forms in his intricate etchings.  See more … 

Stewart Geddes is a Royal West of England Academician whose work is embedded in a language that seeks to combine the kinetic characteristics of Cubism and the notion of the Modern Ruin.   By layering and and excavating his materials Stewart’s compositions offset visual tensions and resolutions with contrasting surface textures. See more …

Midge Naylor is also a Royal West of England Academician, living and working in Bristol.  Her landscape-based gesturally abstract paintings are strongly influenced by the landscape of her upbringing in Scotland.  See More …

Andrew Lansley is a painter and printmaker whose work is generated from direct experience of location with a focus on landscape, marine and architectural subjects.  Images are developed using raw pigment combined with a variety of tempera mediums, including egg, casein, varnish and watercolour.  See more …

Sally Muir is a painter who lives and works in Bath.  Known for her distinctive portraits, dog paintings and landscape studies Sally directly engages with her subjects with bold, spontaneous brushstrokes. See more …

Rosie Moss is a Midlands based textile designer who hand dyes, prints and makes all of her textile products ranging from cushions to bags. Her designs are informed by various forms of vernacular arts and crafts and she is particularly inspired by the playful qualities of Mid-century Scandinavian designers.  See more …

SUMMER CLOSURE

The gallery will be closed from 17 – 24 August before we open up again for a late summer show (or early Autumn depending on the weather!), which starts on Saturday 29 August.

This show will feature a mixture of new and recent work by many of our existing gallery artists plus we will be introducing a few new names to the gallery so it’s a great chance to discover lots of interesting new pieces from paintings, original prints and mixed media to new textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

Read more here:
LATE SUMMER SHOW 29 August – 26 September 2015 

Best Little Shops of Bath 2015

We are delighted that Quercus Gallery has been listed as one of The Bath Magazine’s Best Little Shops of Bath 2015.

View the full list here – we are in good company!

Queen Street is particularly pleased to welcome a brand new independent business at No. 5 – Spotty Herberts, which is a fantastic shop for children stocking all kinds of amazing clothes, treasures and trinkets.  Well worth a shopping visit to Queen Street!

New Sound & Vision Catalogue for Richard Young Exhibition

To accompany the show of paintings by Richard J S Young currently on display at Gascoyne Place Restaurant we are pleased to present this online catalogue of Richard’s work ‘Sound and Vision’ with text by Yasmin Namdjou.

View the catalogue here.

The exhibition ‘Sound and Vision’ has been extended until October so do pay Gascoyne Place Restaurant a visit where you can browse these powerful paintings over a glass of wine or some food.

CRAFTS SHOPS & GALLERIES GUIDE

Quercus Gallery is pleased to be listed in the new Shops and Galleries Guide 2015 published by Crafts Magazine in their August edition.

View the guide here. 

PRINT PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE

We are pleased to have available this limited edition portfolio of original prints published by The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust Studio in 2012.  ELEVEN contains prints by the tenant artists of The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust Studios in 2012, including John Mitchell, plus one by Michael Porter, Director of the Trust.

Nicola Bealing
Virginia Bounds
Steve Dove
John Emanuel
Naomi Frears
Rose Hilton
Gareth McCorry
Phil Medley
John Mitchell
Michael Porter
Jason Walker

The edition is limited to 50, printed by Mary Crokett on Somerset Velvet & Somerset Textured 300gsm

Please contact the gallery for further information and images.

NEW SHOW OPEN

Our new show ENCLOSURES is now up and running and continues until Saturday 15 August.

The show features 2D and 3D artworks by three distinctive artists working across the mediums of print, painting, drawing and sculpture.  Each artwork references some form of enclosure with the combination of pieces presenting interesting visual connections and contrasts throughout the exhibition.

A new body of work by Sandra Porter sits alongside previously unseen works by John Mitchell and we are delighted to be introducing prints by Katherine Jones to the gallery for the first time.  Katherine Jones is an award-winning artist based in London who studied printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and London’s Camberwell Colledge of Art.  Recently awarded multiple printmaking prizes in the UK her work is being recognised for its technical brilliance, distinctive depiction of light and strong iconography.

An interest in enclosures appear as a strong strand within each of the three artist’s output and this exhibition highlights an overlap between them. The pure, focused forms of John Mitchell’s ‘house-like’ shapes reveal his interest in the harmony of the Fibonacci Sequence that underpins so much of his work.  His enclosures are idealised, timeless shapes presented in sets of four across pure pigments of contrasting colours – coeruleum blue and indian red.  The forms are presented directly in order that the full essence of volume and arrangement of angles can be read and understood.

By contrast Katherine Jones’ use of enclosures initiate a narrative and sense of ambiguity.  The structures presented in her work play out a contrasting sense of security and void with the ‘house-like’ forms seemingly becoming symbols for our understanding of enclosures in different ‘scenes’ of lived experience.  Her works invite the viewer to navigate a visual environment created through layers of texture and colour.

Sandra Porter’s perspective on enclosures adds another dimension to the theme.  Her new works in this show were developed from observations of shed-like structures on the Isle of Skye called Bothans.  The artist was struck by the rich visual effect of the corrugated textures on these buildings, combined with the simplicity of their entire form.  The prints and paintings here display the abstracted essence of these physical structures distilled through Sandra’s distinctive vocabulary of grids and stripes.

View photographs of the exhibition here. 

QUEEN STREET PARTY SATURDAY 13 JUNE WORLD GIN DAY !

Queen Street & Harrington Place Street Party
Saturday 13 June, 12 – 6 pm

Celebrate World Gin Day 2015 in Bath as all the independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants along Queen Street and Harrington Place throw their first ever street party!

There will be guest gin distillers, local food and drink producers, tastings, music and stalls selling a variety of art, craft plus children’s toys & games. Fun and free from 12 – 6 pm!

Quercus will be serving up some ginspired artwork and ginspired cake outside the gallery under Queen Street’s archway.