With work from the Collection by Dame Laura Knight,
John Ward and David Cox
Here’s a flavour of what’s in the Exhibition, from an article I was invited to write recently for The Dame Laura Knight Society, Malvern
FEAST AFTER LOCKDOWN FAMINE
‘I have just visited ‘A Celebration’ An exhibition of the work of Dame Laura Knight, at The Penlee Gallery, Penzance, and everything in it reminds me why I have been inspired by her work all my life!
First it is her technical ability: thrilling colour applied with a broad brush; vigorous draughtsmanship; a command of composition, and an ability to work in any medium. So much to interest and challenge!
Then there is her eye for dramatic subject matter, whether it is a stunning sunset, characters or performers.
Ultimately though, what grabs me is the speed and intensity of her observation. A scrutiny which can only be attained in front of your subject, and needs to be got down onto the canvas before the light changes!
Both Dame Laura and I grew up in households surrounded by fabrics. Her mother and grandmother were in the rag trade as mine were. My grandmother was a Leeds tailoress, skilled in making coats, suits, dresses, my mother owned a dress shop. Laura designed and made her own clothes for many years, and so did I. She knew exactly how to paint the drape and sheen of a delicious silk gown.
Like Dame Laura I love drawing and painting dancers, movement, theatre… Art is itself a performance of sorts, one step from reality, and thrives on interpretation and imagination.
Decades later, coming to live in Hereford, Dame Laura inspired me anew re-discovering her connection with the landscape and rural life of the region.
I'm re-interpreting her figurative style for the twenty-first century!'
Featured in the Exhibition and from the Hereford Museum Collection Dame Laura Knight's 'Gypsies at Ascot’ 1933 and my painting ‘ Lara making up’.
I'll be in the Gallery every day, so I hope to show you around. Opening times are Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 12.30 pm. Entry is free