Tom Hammick has made this series of woodcuts to illustrate Adam Nicolson’s new book ‘The Making of Poetry’, a celebration to mark the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth and the specific period of time Wordsworth, his sister, Dorothy and Samuel Taylor Coleridge spent together.
They are created from the fallen timber in the park at Alfoxden where the Wordsworths lived. The troubled nature of our connections to each other and to the natural world have long been the artist’s concern. Here in the visions of the poets,
in the luminous shadowed trees, in Coleridge’s dream worlds and Wordsworth’s sense of winter loneliness and springtime gaiety, Hammick summons a visual vocabulary that reconnects the present
to these foundations of modern sensibility.
See Fiona’s source of inspiration from a year of travelling through Asia, North Africa, down to the mud pools of Dorset fishing villages, along rickety passages and back streets, into Italian courtyards and picking a way through smelly boat yards. Then contrast the images captured by such varied experiences with the glamour and luxury of painting the famous where they work.
For example, Edward Watson, the principal male dancer at the Royal Ballet in his rehearsal room, Danielle de Niece off- stage at Glyndebourne, Sir Andrew Motion cramped into his Poet Laureate’s Camden bolt hole, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on a harbour edge, 50 years after he became the first man to sail single handed, non-stop around the world, or the lively portrait of actor Juliet Stevenson. All sit still as the purest portrait emerges from Fiona’s talented hand, It’s been a magical year. Come see for yourself.
The Permanent Collection
Throughout art history, flowers have been one of the most adored subject of painters. Through them it is possible to track the history of art in the stories they tell. They provide inspiration from what nature can offer us.
Mary Stormont who lived and worked in the building that now is the Rye Art Gallery, was an artist and an art collector. Many of the paintings in Rye Art Gallery permanent collection depict flowers in various stages of life. Mary Stormont’s flower paintings will provide a central focus for this exhibition but also included are Dutch copies of 'Momento mori’ artworks. Other artist’s work will be displayed including: Diana Low, Eileen Margaret Easton, Matt Hardman and Kenneth Townsend.
SPECIAL EVENT: Music and Art. TIME: 5pm-7pm.
We are delighted to welcome Sue Rothstein, a Royal Academy of Music harpist who will play in the gallery linking her musical works in with the theme of “Flowers”. Julian Day, collections curator will also provide insights into the artworks selected for display in a talk about the show.
For TICKETS: Friends, gain free admission, or £10.00 contact Tel. 01797 222433. Booking is essential as we have limited spaces.
All Three of these well established artists are masters of their medium from the exquisite chiaroscuro oil paintings of Dani Humberstone, the playful figurative carnival sculptures of Marie Prett to the charismatic large-scale charcoals of Will Taylor. Triptych is a show that brilliantly explores the diversity of art form.
All works are for sale.