Gallery News

Triptych - Preview Party, 15th November 2019

Chair of Trustees, Trevor Llanwarne CB chats with the Mayor of Rye, Cllr Michael Boyd.

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Triptych - Marie Prett with some of her work

Marie's sculptures are dazzling - in exotic colour, intricacy and subtle humour.
Here she is at the Preview Party.

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Triptych - Will Taylor RBA and sheep

Gallery Artist in Residence, Will's large-scale and detailed charcoal drawings of sheep and various other animals are shown alongside his drawings of objects, interiors and his original prints.

The dramatic black, white and textured grey monochrome is a perfect contrast to the bright colours used by the other contributors to Triptych

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Triptych - Dani Humberstone PPSWA with Susy Benn

Dani (left) and trustee Susy stand in front of Dani's still life oil painting - Big Apple.

Galleries 1-5 are all full of our three artists' work - a mixed hang and display creating a vibrant and exciting visual experience.

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We also paint our walls...

Here is artist Matt Hardman, who is also the Gallery's Design Technician, using his painting skills to repaint walls between exhibitions.

Behind you can glimpse part of the book display where we feature published work by some of our Gallery artists. They are for sale and good for Christmas presents for adults and children.

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Yolanda McKean - Exhibition Closing Reception, November 2019

Gallery visitors and guests enjoyed meeting Yolanda at the closing Reception of her show.
She trained at Edinburgh College of Art and now exhibits in London, in Edinburgh where she lives, in Glasgow and now in Rye.

Yolanda paints both domestic indoor spaces and wilderness, working from life and often outside.

In the photo she is standing in front of one of her larger paintings. The layered colours and marks are an unusual combination of watercolour and oil.

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Yolanda McKean - working method

Here is a page from Yolanda McKean's sketchbook.
It shows the artist's detailed observation of an interior with a figure to the left reading by the fireside.
The books in the overloaded bookcase on the right create a rhythmic pattern and texture.

Yolanda McKean Sketchbook Page

Harp Recital by Sue Rothstein - 26th October 2019

An appreciative audience of Friends and Gallery supporters warmly welcomed the international harpist and composer Sue Rothstein. We sat spell-bound throughout her programme which included 3 Dream Studies composed by Sue herself.

To echo the exhibition 'Flowers Reunited' in the Studio Gallery upstairs, Sue included her arrangement of 3 traditional tunes called 'Flowers from three Nations'.

Before the recital there was an informal chat by trustee Julian Day about the flower paintings on show by Mary Stormont and other artists, drawn from the Permanent Collection.

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Artist in Residence Programme from Autumn 2019

The upper Gallery was once the working studio of Mary & Howard Stormont. In keeping with their bequest to establish the Rye Art Gallery Trust to care for the building and Permanent Collection of artwork, we have established an Artist in Residence programme.

The current artist is Will Taylor RBA, a full time Artist & Printmaker based in Rye. He works mainly with large charcoal drawings & intaglio printmaking.

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