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"Water, Water Everywhere... "

Posted on May 10th 2017

Water Water - certainly in Gallery 6.

Work from the Collection features how artists have handled the depiction of water in different ways.

The haunting image is 'The Ferryman' by artist, film-maker and jazz musician Eric Money (1946 - 2003).
Strangely still water, hazy texture and dream-like figures in the boat provide the viewer with an evocative and unsettling experience leaving more questions than answers...


Reginald Sharpley (1879-1947) - Donation of a Sketchbook from 1919

Posted on Mar 13th 2017

We are very grateful indeed to Margaret Bird for her generous donation of a superb Sketchbook by Reginald Sharpley covering January - July 1919.
There are many scenes of Rye - landscapes, buildings, boats and a few including figures. There are also scenes of other familiar parts of Sussex and beyond. The sketches are in graphite with just a few cloud studies where he has included blue crayon.

Sharpley exhibited watercolours at the RA and published two books in AC Black's series on English Landscapes

The scene shown here is titled 'The Circus, Rye 25th June' and shows crowds enjoying the fair on the Salts, just as we do today.

R Sharpley Rye Circus 1919 S

'OTHER PEOPLE' - Come and see the famous and the infamous...

Posted on Jan 24th 2017

Gallery 6 is full of Other People this month and next!
Some of them we even know, such as the sitter for 'Portrait of Elizabeth' by Christine Young. Betty Ellwood, the subject and donor of the painting, is a long-time supporter of the Gallery and sat for this portrait in 1942.

It is slightly surrealist in style with de Chirico-esque arches and symbolic emblems of travel which Betty did not know were going to be included - the sea, a map and the pilgrim's scallop shell.

Portrait Of Elizabeth 1942 S

'Horse on the Mountain' - a Bequest

Posted on Dec 7th 2016

The title of the show in Gallery 6 at the moment is ANIMALS.

We are delighted to include a recent bequest to the Collection - 'Horse on the Mountain', 1954, by Margaret Barnard (1898-1992) from the estate of the late Joy Murrell who died earlier this year.

Joy was regularly in receipt of our printing orders at Adams of Rye. We are so grateful to enhance our holdings of local and national artist Barnard, who had lived not far from Joy.

The horse is in Barnard's very English surrealist style, solid and strange - a wild carousel horse.

Margaret Barnard Horse On The Hill 1954

Bronze sculpture of Clare Sheridan by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)

Posted on Oct 12th 2016

This characterful bronze is currently on display in Gallery 6 and is one of several bronzes held in the Gallery's Collection.

Works by Epstein are held in major Galleries all over the world.

Clare Sheridan (1885-1970), nee Frewen, grew up in East Sussex. She was a sculptor in bronze and wood and also a traveller and writer. Based in London for much of her life, her last years were spent in Hastings.

Jacob Epstein Claire Sheridan Small

Three works by Paul Nash (1889 - 1946) in Gallery 6

Posted on Sep 17th 2016

These three works by Paul Nash are part of our Rye Arts Festival exhibition and included to support artist Dave McKean who has arranged a mixed media event, 'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash' on 18th September. They are:

'Garden Pond', 1922, a wood engraving that shows the artist moving towards abstraction. The image is one of the illustrations in the book 'Places' written and illustrated by Nash. The location probably relates to the the engraving 'Black Poplar Pond, Iden', 1921.

'Promenade' is also a wood engraving and shows figures walking by the sea wall at Dymchurch. Further engagement with abstract forms, here based on swirling patterns of steps and waves, continues in his work.

'Nocturne, Landscape of the Vale', 1944. The watercolour was painted at the end of WW II and is the earliest work by Nash purchased by the Gallery

Paul Nash Wc And Woodcuts Small

Edward Burra and Eric Gill - two new woodcuts have arrived!

Posted on Jul 31st 2016

The Trustees have just acquired two new woodcuts for the Collection,
They are the witty 'Two at a Bar' 1928-29, by Burra and the gentle 'Madonna and Child' 1925, by Eric Gill.

We are delighted - they fit perfectly with our Collection Development Policy which concentrates on 20th and 21st century British art.

Eric Gill Madonna And Child 1925

Summer Sun

Posted on Jun 26th 2016

Wander into Gallery 6 and you will see some sunny paintings and prints from the Collection.

This colourful oil by John Owen shows lots of people sunbathing and three dogs enjoying the beach. On the water between them and us a red-sailed boat passes by. The viewer is part of the scene as we look across and share the sights.

John is a long-time member of Rye Society of Artists and his work is much sought after throughout the country. You can sometimes find one for sale in the Gallery - ask the staff!