Gallery News

New Desk area in Gallery 2

We have extended our Staff desk area in Gallery 2 with a longer bench and more cupboards and drawers beneath.

Here are two of our friendly and knowledgable Gallery Assistants, Keith and Helen, waiting to be of help to you, whether you are browsing, buying or just want to find out about an artist's work.

Keith And Helen At New Desk Nov18 Lores

The Show is Up and Running!

Gallery Director, Jane Fenn together with artist Matt Hardman at the Opening Reception of Matt's show with the Gallery - 'Tales of the After Life'.

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Matt Hardman Exhibition - The Opening Reception for 'Tales from the After Life'

The Gallery hosted a vibrant opening reception for an appreciative group of Hardman collectors, enthusiasts and friends.

Hardman's dramatic and isolated figures and lonely landscapes create a haunting and unforgetable memory. They are turbulent painted scenes, sometimes combined with found objects or attached panels, which hover and bring the work ominously forward to the viewer.

The photo shows L-R, Matt chatting with artists Angie Braven and David Crew and architect John Kitcher. We were also delighted to welcome the Mayor of Rye, Cllr Michael Boyd.

Matt Angie David John Oct18 Lores

Louis Turpin show - a packed Opening Reception during Rye Arts Festival

Huge numbers of friends and buyers packed the recent Opening Reception for the Louis Turpin show in Galleries 1 and 3.

Maybe his best collection of works yet, the walls were ablaze with his joyous colours and shapes alive. Gardens from Cornwall and Edinburgh, palm trees from Ronda, Andalucia, an intoxicating mix.

The photo shows artist Davida Smith (Turpin), talking with guests.

Davida Smith PV Louis Show 2018

Three Royal Academicians at Louis' show

Our three favourite Academicians, all of whom show at the Gallery, came in support of the Louis Turpin exhibition.

Mick Rooney RA, Gus Cummins RA and Fred Cuming RA. All three artists have work in our Permanent Collection as well.

When was the last time you saw these three sitting together on a nearby bench?!

3 RAs Rooney Cummins Cuming Sept 18

Antony Penrose on 'Roland Penrose and the British Surrealists'

The Gallery's illustrated lecture for the Rye Arts Festival was by Antony Penrose, the son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. Roland was a significant British surrealist painter and Lee was a surrealist photographer, WW2 photo-jounalist and muse.

Antony took the audience through the formation in Paris of the surrealist movement in the 1920s, Roland's participation in this group of friends, his own development as a painter, and then his mission and struggle to promote the movement's vision and work in this country.

Gradually, via very mixed reaction, the movement spread, aided by the quality of Roland's own work, his founding of the Institute of Contemporary Art (the ICA) in London, his curation of many exhibitions by his continental friends and a modernising British art scene

The photo shows Antony ready at the start of his spell-binding talk.

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