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Exhibitions in Falmouth

We believe that a love of creativity is innate in all of us. From the objects we use to the clothes we wear, to what we watch and listen to, creativity is at the heart of who we are.

Our dedicated gallery space in our Falmouth shop hosts a year-round programme of short exhibitions by Cornish artists. Everything from large oil paintings to smaller watercolours we always have an exquisite variety of artwork on show. Please see below for details on current and upcoming displays.

If you would to enquire about exhibiting in the space, please email create@inspiremakers.com.

“Pink Dusk" Original Oil Cornish Seascape Painting

Current Exhibitions

Sorry, we currently have no current exhibitions.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Kirsten Basram – Thresholds

12th March - 6th April, 2024

Kirsten Basram works from her home studio near Redruth. Although she has always been creative, she did not have the opportunity to take up painting full time until 2020, having followed a varied career path, including speech and language therapy and university teaching.

She paints mainly abstract landscape, using either oils or watercolour. The physical act of making art connects her with the landscape and sensations around her. At the same time, it opens up expression of her inner, spiritual landscape and this becomes one with the outer form of the earth, sea and sky.

Kirsten paints and draws intuitively, both from sketches made in the landscape and responses to direct experience of landscape and what the paint or pencil are doing on the paper. She then refines and composes as the work reveals itself. She is interested in exploring the idea of “thin places” where heaven and earth meet.

Abstract Painting In Blues And Greens Of Gardens By Kirsten Basram
Abstract Painting In Blues And Greens Of Gardens By Kirsten Basram
Painting Of Dark Green Woods And Light At The End Of The Tunnel By Kirsten Basram
Abstract Painting Of Green Trees At The Edge Of A Field By Kirsten Basram
Abstract Painting Of The Deep Blue Sea At Night By Kirsten Basram
Kirsten Basra, Artist Sitting In Her Studio With Paintings, Paint And Brushes
Abstract Painting Of A Distant View Across Golden Fields By Kirsten Basram
Abstract Painting In Blues And Greens Of Gardens By Kirsten BasramPainting Of Dark Green Woods And Light At The End Of The Tunnel By Kirsten BasramAbstract Painting Of Green Trees At The Edge Of A Field By Kirsten BasramAbstract Painting Of The Deep Blue Sea At Night By Kirsten BasramKirsten Basra, Artist Sitting In Her Studio With Paintings, Paint And BrushesAbstract Painting Of A Distant View Across Golden Fields By Kirsten Basram

Roberta Hopkins

9th April - 4th May, 2024

Roberta was born in the West Country and although originally training as a Graphic Designer in Bristol, has more recently worked as a jewellery designer since moving to Cornwall in 2010. It was during lockdown, unable to work and looking for another creative avenue, that Roberta rekindled her interest in painting. Deciding to close her jewellery business meant that she could then concentrate on painting full time.

Moving to Cornwall was where Roberta finally felt at home, walking the coast path and exploring the rocks and pebbles around the many coves and beaches, taking endless photographs of the details that catch her eye. She can often be found scrambling over the rocks, studying the colours, textures and marks, and noticing the found compositions of the natural folds and strata and the interplay of shapes.

Slipping the odd pebble in her pocket, it is this and the photos taken that inform the work back in the studio. Using acrylics and mixed media on board, Roberta works abstractly, sometimes incorporating collage pieces that she has printed herself with rock textures and repeat patterns. Working in many layers of paint, textured gels and collage which are then sanded back and scratched into to reveal previous layers with unexpected results, which echo the erosion and passing of time of the natural landscape. Roberta has also been developing her love of monoprinting and collage to work alongside her paintings.

Abstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Rocks On A Deep Blue Background By Roberta Hopkins
Abstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Rocks On A Deep Blue Background By Roberta Hopkins
Abstract Painting Of Balancing Rocks By Roberta Hopkins
Abstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Rocks On A Deep Blue Background By Roberta Hopkins
Two Small Square Abstract Paintings On A Shelf By Roberta Hopkins
Roberta Hopkins, Artist, In A Blue Dress In The Doorway Of Her Studio
Abstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Coastal Pathways By Roberta Hopkins
Abstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Rocks On A Deep Blue Background By Roberta HopkinsAbstract Painting Of Balancing Rocks By Roberta HopkinsAbstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Rocks On A Deep Blue Background By Roberta HopkinsTwo Small Square Abstract Paintings On A Shelf By Roberta HopkinsRoberta Hopkins, Artist, In A Blue Dress In The Doorway Of Her StudioAbstract Painting In Shades Of Neutrals Evoking Coastal Pathways By Roberta Hopkins

Fran Marks – Embodying the Light

7th May - 1st June, 2024

After a long career in the arts, Fran Marks is now based in North Cornwall and has returned to painting. She has been a professional artist since 2020.

Lockdown provided an opportunity to deepen her practice with online tutors and she completed a year-long in person course at Newlyn School of Art in 2023.

She has travelled extensively through India, North Africa and the Himalayas and her work is an emotional response to the light, shapes and colours of the land and sea both at home and abroad.

Using both oil and acrylic Fran plays with bold colours and textures to create semi abstract paintings on a variety of surfaces.

Abstract Painting In Blues And Orange By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Blues And Orange By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Shades On Brown And Orange By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Teals And Orange By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Red And Pale Blue By Fran Marks
Fran Marks, Artist, Painting In Her Studio
Abstract Painting In Deep Pink And Yellow By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Teal And Deep Pink By Fran Marks
Abstract Painting In Blues And Orange By Fran MarksAbstract Painting In Shades On Brown And Orange By Fran MarksAbstract Painting In Teals And Orange By Fran MarksAbstract Painting In Red And Pale Blue By Fran MarksFran Marks, Artist, Painting In Her StudioAbstract Painting In Deep Pink And Yellow By Fran MarksAbstract Painting In Teal And Deep Pink By Fran Marks

Lyndsey Vowell

4th June - 29th June, 2024

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cornish coastline, Lyndsey Vowell uses her contemporary style to capture and create paintings that are unique and inspiring. Born and raised in Cornwall, Lyndsey lives and works from her home studio in the stunning seaside town of Falmouth where the ever changing light, sky and sea ignites her passion for painting. Often using acrylic paints, her confidence to explore other mediums and experiment with different techniques truly brings each painting to life with its atmospheric style.

Although Lyndsey studied Fine Art and Design, she considers herself self-taught in the terms of the skills and processes she has developed over the last 18 years and with her background of interior design, she feels working on paintings and commissions to fit with interior schemes is a passion of hers.

Lyndsey has had an overwhelming response to her solo exhibitions with celebrity collectors such as the critically acclaimed Stephen Graham and partner Hannah Walters as well as selling internationally across the globe.

Following on from that Lyndsey was recently commissioned by The Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, working alongside interior designers Lomax & Chi and Cornish Gems Interiors to create original paintings for the stunning new ocean suites.

Atmospheric Seascape Painting In Greys And Blacks By Lyndsey Vowell
Atmospheric Seascape Painting In Greys And Blacks By Lyndsey Vowell
Vibrant Seascape Painting With Blue And Orange Sky By Lyndsey Vowell
Calm Seascape Painting In Shades Of Blue By Lyndsey Vowell
Seascape Painting With Blue Sea And Cloudy Skies By Lyndsey Vowell
Lyndsey Vowell, Artist, Painting Outdoors
Seascape Painting By Lyndsey Vowell
Atmospheric Seascape Painting In Greys And Blacks By Lyndsey VowellVibrant Seascape Painting With Blue And Orange Sky By Lyndsey VowellCalm Seascape Painting In Shades Of Blue By Lyndsey VowellSeascape Painting With Blue Sea And Cloudy Skies By Lyndsey VowellLyndsey Vowell, Artist, Painting OutdoorsSeascape Painting By Lyndsey Vowell

Rebecca Van Vestraut

2nd July - 27th July, 2024

Becky is inspired by the Cornish coast, and loves the variety of seascapes we have here. She strives to portray the beauty and atmosphere of a particular moment in time, and is interested in the constantly changing colour and light of a scene.

She wants to convey the connection she feels when she looks out to sea, so that someone else can also experience that joy when they look at her painting. Becky is fascinated by moments when the sea, sky and light change; one minute she can be looking at a calm tranquil sea, and the next minute heavy rain clouds appear; she is never short of inspiration for her work living here in Cornwall.

Seascape Painting With Pink Cloudy Sky By Rebecca Van Vestraut
Seascape Painting With Pink Cloudy Sky By Rebecca Van Vestraut
Framed Seascape Painting With The Rocky Cliffs By Rebecca Van Vestraut
Framed Seascape Painting With Sun Breaking Through The Clouds By Rebecca Van Vestraut
Artist Rebecca Van Vestraut Standing In Front Of Two Of Her Framed Seascapes
Seascape Painting By Rebecca Van Vestraut
Seascape Painting With Pink Cloudy Sky By Rebecca Van VestrautFramed Seascape Painting With The Rocky Cliffs By Rebecca Van VestrautFramed Seascape Painting With Sun Breaking Through The Clouds By Rebecca Van VestrautArtist Rebecca Van Vestraut Standing In Front Of Two Of Her Framed SeascapesSeascape Painting By Rebecca Van Vestraut

Aimee Willcock – Land and Sea

30th July - 24th August, 2024

Aimee Willcock grew up in Nottinghamshire and earned a BA in Fine Art from Loughborough University School of Art and Design, often traveling to Cornwall to gain inspiration for her practice. After graduating Aimee moved to Cornwall where she now lives and works, using the changing Cornish coastline and landscape to inform her practice.

Rooted in romantic traditions, the paintings are an investigation into mark, colour, and the language of paint to form a contemporary depiction of her local environment. Exploring the repetition of mark, simplifying shape and colour, responding to the environment both all prima and building layers over sittings to form an impression of a place, evoking a sense of space and capturing a moment. The transformation of the familiar into something less familiar, the desaturation of colour and the overpowering experience of nature, combine in a landscape structured yet ambiguous.

By uniting contrasts – sky and earth, painterly and illustrative, desaturation and contrasting colour, the paintings invite the viewer to experience the atmosphere and emotions conjured by our experience of nature, the calm and serene, or the most powerful and dramatic aspects of landscape.

Pair Of Contemporary Seascape Paintings On Paper By Aimee Willcock
Pair Of Contemporary Seascape Paintings On Paper By Aimee Willcock
Seascape Paintings By Aimee Willcock Hanging On A Wall With Shadow Of A Tree
Unframed Contemporary Landscape Painting By Aimee Willcock
Unframed Contemporary Landscape Painting By Aimee Willcock
Group Of Nine Contemporary Seascape Paintings On Paper By Aimee Willcock
Black And White Portrait Of Artist Aimee Willcock Painting
Pair Of Contemporary Seascape Paintings On Paper By Aimee WillcockSeascape Paintings By Aimee Willcock Hanging On A Wall With Shadow Of A TreeUnframed Contemporary Landscape Painting By Aimee WillcockUnframed Contemporary Landscape Painting By Aimee WillcockGroup Of Nine Contemporary Seascape Paintings On Paper By Aimee WillcockBlack And White Portrait Of Artist Aimee Willcock Painting

Sharon Bruster – Beachcombing

27th August - 21st September, 2024

Sharon Bruster is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in St Mawgan on the north coast of Cornwall.

Her creative inspiration is the water’s edge and the spaces between high and low tide. Walking, photographing, gathering, writing haiku, drawing, printmaking and painting are all integral aspects of Sharon’s practice.

In this mixed media exhibition Sharon will share her fascination with the ‘tiny treasures’ gathered on her daily beach walks and the shapes, textures and patterns observed along the water’s edge.

Abstract Teal Contemporary Painting Resembling Seaweed By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Teal Contemporary Painting Resembling Seaweed By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Contemporary Painting With Orange Seaweed By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Contemporary Resembling Red Seaweed On A Wavy Green Sea Painting By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon Bruster
Abstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon Bruster
Artist Sharon Bruster On A Rocky Beach On A Sunny Day
Abstract Teal Contemporary Painting Resembling Seaweed By Sharon BrusterAbstract Contemporary Painting With Orange Seaweed By Sharon BrusterAbstract Contemporary Resembling Red Seaweed On A Wavy Green Sea Painting By Sharon BrusterAbstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon BrusterAbstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon BrusterAbstract Contemporary Painting Representing Rocks By Sharon BrusterArtist Sharon Bruster On A Rocky Beach On A Sunny Day

Helen Leaver – Liminal

24th September - 19th October, 2024

Liminal – from the Latin word limen – meaning threshold
Liminal – The space between spaces
First light, before dawn
The moment before you realise you were dreaming
The innate threshold
Emerging….crossing.…
Hesitate.
A beacon, calling you to stay awhile…pause…notice…

Meditative oil paintings, inspired by the shapes and patterns noticed when in quiet, still places. It’s often the spaces between objects that Helen is most drawn to. The act of creation for Helen is a form of meditation, a deeply absorbing process where she’ll enter a flow state and where time passes unnoticed. She intuitively responds to marks, resulting in soft organic forms and uplifting gestural arc lines. Primarily working with oils, either thinned down ink-like or mixed with cold wax medium, Helen’s paintings hold multiple layers, which she often scrapes back to reveal the colours beneath, imbuing a liminal quality.

Teal And Ochre Contemporary Abstract Painting By Helen Leaver
Teal And Ochre Contemporary Abstract Painting By Helen Leaver
Contemporary Abstract Blue Painting By Helen Leaver
Back And White Portrait Of Artist Helen Leaver In Her Studio With Paintings On The Wall
Yellow Contemporary Abstract Painting By Helen Leaver On Top Of A Chinese Decorative Cabinet
Teal And Ochre Contemporary Abstract Painting By Helen LeaverContemporary Abstract Blue Painting By Helen LeaverBack And White Portrait Of Artist Helen Leaver In Her Studio With Paintings On The WallYellow Contemporary Abstract Painting By Helen Leaver On Top Of A Chinese Decorative Cabinet

Marylouise Delaney

22nd October - 23rd November, 2024

Marylouise Delaney just loves food; growing, cooking, eating (sometimes photographing in Lidl) and painting food. From necessity to sensuality, food is central to our very being, but there is a profound beauty within the modest vegetable, fruit or dish which is often overlooked.  Painting is her reverence to the humble ingredients which sustain us and a celebration of The Joy of Food.

Marylouise is a nurse by night, painter and gardener by day and a parent 24/7, all of which require observance, thought and creativity. She paints in her kitchen when the house is quiet and spills into a world of colour, detail and uninterrupted thought where she is simultaneously lost and found. She likes to think that when you look at one of the paintings for a length of time, you might enjoy sharing this experience.

Marylouise has lived in Falmouth since 2010 and has a BA Hons Art for Community from Roehampton University and and MA in Three Dimensional Design from Surrey Institute.

 

Still Life Of Peppers In A Dish By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Peppers In A Dish By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Pomegranates By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Tomatoes By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Tomatoes By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Orange Halves By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Squash By Marylouise Delaney
Still Life Of Fruit By Marylouise Delaney
Portrait Of Artist Marylouise Delaney Painting Fruit In Her Kitchen
Still Life Of Peppers In A Dish By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Pomegranates By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Tomatoes By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Tomatoes By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Orange Halves By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Squash By Marylouise DelaneyStill Life Of Fruit By Marylouise DelaneyPortrait Of Artist Marylouise Delaney Painting Fruit In Her Kitchen

Pip Barfield – Walking through the Wildflowers

26th November - 24th December, 2024

Pip Barfield’s art is inspired by nature and walking in wild places with her lurcher! The colours and textures of hedgerow flowers, beach flotsam and windblown baler twine all influence her mark making and sensory recall. As a printmaker and painter, the blending of inks and paints to create vibrant and poetic interpretations of flowers and abstract landscapes is how Pip creates a narrative of nature.

She is moved by ancient places, often slipping through a thin place and sensing previous ancestors and events that inhabit our landscapes. Much of her work evolves from visiting local beaches and exploring coastal hill forts, collecting feathers and worn fragments of pottery and rusty metal. These found objects inform her images, patterns and textures which appear on paper while making monoprints and etchings.

Pip started her artistic journey after her parents died and she adopted a lurcher for company. This led her to a foundation degree in Leek, followed by a move to Cornwall in 2018 where she studied BA Fine Art at Falmouth. Since graduating in 2022 she has exhibited her work in Morgans Gallery, Newlyn Gallery and The Exchange, The Crypt St Ives, Falmouth Art Gallery and the Poly.

Monoprint Created From Found Flowers In Shades Of Dusky Pink And Blue By Pip Barfield
Monoprint Created From Found Flowers In Shades Of Dusky Pink And Blue By Pip Barfield
Examples Of Flowers Used In Creating Monoprints
Monoprint Created From Found Flowers In Shades Of Dusky Pink, Blue And Yellow By Pip Barfield
Colourful Painting Of Pink Flowers In A Blue Vase Sitting On A Table With Stripey Background By Pip Barfield
Examples Of Flowers Used In Creating Monoprints
Artist Portrait Of Pip Barfield Standing In Front Of A Painting
Monoprint Created From Found Flowers In Shades Of Dusky Pink And Blue By Pip BarfieldExamples Of Flowers Used In Creating MonoprintsMonoprint Created From Found Flowers In Shades Of Dusky Pink, Blue And Yellow By Pip BarfieldColourful Painting Of Pink Flowers In A Blue Vase Sitting On A Table With Stripey Background By Pip BarfieldExamples Of Flowers Used In Creating MonoprintsArtist Portrait Of Pip Barfield Standing In Front Of A Painting

Previous Exhibitions

Georgia Parkin-Jones

28th November - 23rd December, 2023

Georgia Parkin-Jones was born and lives in Cornwall. Having experienced a portion of her childhood growing up in rural France as well as residing on Dartmoor, she is widely inspired by and actively seeks out the natural world that has encompassed her life growing up. She offers the viewer insight into her world, a fragmented place of her external and internal self, resulting in very ethereal works. Georgia works predominantly in oil, water mixable oil and charcoal.

Georgia studied at Plymouth University and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Photography. She is currently undertaking part time study in counselling, aiming to combine her practices and work as an Art Therapist,
alongside her personal Art practice.

Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Seated Figure With Two Blackbirds By Georgia Parkin-Jones
Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Seated Figure With Two Blackbirds By Georgia Parkin-Jones
Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Ghostly Figure With Plants By Georgia Parkin-Jones
Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Owl And Two People By Georgia Parkin-Jones
Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of A Figure Painting With A Palette And Vase Of Flowers On The Table And Two Blackbirds By Georgia Parkin-Jones
Artist Photo Of Georgia Parkin Jones Painting On An Easel In A Wildflower Meadow With Pink Flowers
Pastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Seated Figure With Two Blackbirds By Georgia Parkin-JonesPastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Ghostly Figure With Plants By Georgia Parkin-JonesPastel Abstract Original Painting Of An Owl And Two People By Georgia Parkin-JonesPastel Abstract Original Painting Of A Figure Painting With A Palette And Vase Of Flowers On The Table And Two Blackbirds By Georgia Parkin-JonesArtist Photo Of Georgia Parkin Jones Painting On An Easel In A Wildflower Meadow With Pink Flowers

Mick Dobie

24th October - 25th November, 2023

Local favourite, Mick Dobie returns for his third exhibition at Inspire Makers following two successful shows in 2021.

Showing a brand new collection of paintings Mick further explores his love of the Cornish landscape and seascape.

Mick finds the simple act of painting therapeutic. Concentration comes easily, with hours passing in what seems like minutes. Art can take you into your own world in so many ways.

Mick became captivated by Cornwall since moving here 15 years ago to study Fine Art at Falmouth. Currently Mick spends his time painting outdoors around the River Helford. Constant changing light brings a different feel each time he returns to his regular stomping grounds. Long walks with his dog Fergus feeds his inspiration.

Mick works with watercolour, acrylic and pastel mediums.  He hopes his paintings resonate with viewers. Should his work achieve this, then it can only serve to strengthen his enjoyment of the medium.

Acrylic Painting Of Purple Skies By Mick Dobie
Acrylic Painting Of Purple Skies By Mick Dobie
Acrylic Painting Of Helford Trees Against A Flaming Sunset
Semi-abstract Painting Of A Swimmer In The Sea By Mick Dobie
Artist Portrait Of Mick Dobie
Acrylic Painting Of Purple Skies By Mick DobieAcrylic Painting Of Helford Trees Against A Flaming SunsetSemi-abstract Painting Of A Swimmer In The Sea By Mick DobieArtist Portrait Of Mick Dobie

Chloe Woods – Coastline Contrasts

26th September - 21st October, 2023

The scale, energy and movement of the beautiful Cornish coastline are what Chloe Woods most enjoys capturing; the contrasting natural colours of the landscape against the fluorescent and primary colours of the harbours, boats and beaches.

Working quickly and loosely, on location, in her sketchbook, she returns to her home studio to translate her sketches and memories into larger, contemporary pieces. Using an exciting range of mediums; acrylic paint, collage, charcoal and oil pastels, Chloe commits the vivid colours and textures of the Cornish coastline to the canvas.

Photo Of Artist Chloe Woods
Photo Of Artist Chloe Woods

Rosemary King – Extra Texture

29th August - 23rd September, 2023

Rosemary King grew up in the Norfolk countryside and her love for photography began at a young age, when she was gifted an Olympus OM-1 by her father.

Rosemary studied photography at Norwich College, continuing her studies to earn a degree at the University of Northampton. During this time she developed her skills for analogue photography, strengthening her understanding of the processes and developing her own style.

Rosemary shoots all of her work using analogue equipment, all her images are developed and printed by hand in her darkroom at her home in St Austell.

“There are so many factors to consider when shooting with film, my preference is to shoot in black and white, I feel this emphasizes the shapes, tones and forms of the subject matter, and allows for more control over light, shadow and grain. in the darkroom.”

Rosemary’s work is an abstract, emotive view of the beauty of natural forms.

Maggie Cochran – Summer Vibes

25th July - 26th August, 2023

The light in Cornwall has a magical quality, captivating artists and visitors over the years. Nowhere is it more striking than in St Ives, that slip of land jutting out into the Atlantic, surrounded by white sand beaches.

Maggie Cochran’s paintings are inspired by that light and by the tracks and marks left behind on those beaches as the sea goes out, and how the light reflects off the wet sand. She is also captivated by the light at low tide on the rockier shores of Falmouth. Always it is the shallow waters as the tide retreats that capture her imagination.

Maggie’s paintings give a sense of being in that landscape which she loves, with the prevailing light and weather. They capture both a moment in time but also a sense of timelessness in the movement of the tides.

This new collection of work celebrates everything she loves about a Cornish summer, bringing hints of yellow and pink to the fore.

Original Abstract Seascape Depicting A Blue Sea On A Rocky Shoreline By Maggie Cochran, Cornish Artist
Original Abstract Seascape Depicting A Blue Sea On A Rocky Shoreline By Maggie Cochran, Cornish Artist
Catching the Light
Original Abstract Seascape In Shades Of Blue With Pink Cloud By Maggie Cochran, Cornish Artist
Ocean Shallows
Photo Of Artist Maggie Cochran
Original Abstract Seascape Depicting A Blue Sea On A Rocky Shoreline By Maggie Cochran, Cornish ArtistOriginal Abstract Seascape In Shades Of Blue With Pink Cloud By Maggie Cochran, Cornish ArtistPhoto Of Artist Maggie Cochran

Erica Ankers

27th June - 22nd July, 2023

Erica Ankers is an artist living and working in the South West, taking inspiration from the beauty of nature around her  to create modern abstract landscapes and seascapes. She believes a landscape should not reflect a photographic representation of a scene, but instead capture the mood and emotional connection to the place and moment in time.

She works with soft pastels in a unique style that marries soft blurred tones with bold strong marks. Using vibrant colours, loose textural marks and strong compositions drawn from the light, colours and textures found on her explorations of the sea and countryside, Erica creates semi abstract paintings that allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of the image. Evoking feelings and memories, of special times, people or places that ultimately spark a deep connection with the viewer.

Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica Ankers
Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica Ankers
Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica Ankers
Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica Ankers
Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica Ankers
Maker Portrait Of Erica Ankers
Pastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica AnkersPastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica AnkersPastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica AnkersPastel Artwork Of The Coast By Erica AnkersMaker Portrait Of Erica Ankers

Audrey Kellow – My Cornish Colours

30th May - 24th June, 2023

Originally from near Helston in Cornwall, Audrey was first inspired to paint in oils at school in the mid 1960’s. It was also her first introduction to strong colour and shape, which still forms the essence of her work.

Audrey returned to education during the 1990’s as an adult student, and completed an OND and HND in Illustration and Design at Falmouth University, Falmouth, Cornwall. After this she gained a Teaching Certificate and Cert Ed, and tutored adult education classes for local colleges and private classes for several years.

Audreys’ original home area of ‘Greatwork’  a small mining hamlet in West Cornwall, sits between the Tregonning and Godolphin hills from the tops of which both coasts can be seen. Her work has a narrative background, sometimes being merely the ‘feel’ of a place and sometimes part of a personal childhood story. The colours used reflect the strong emotional bond she has with the far West of Cornwall and natures patterns. Her colours have recently become more vivid, reflecting reactions with nature  during lockdowns. Her work is primarily in oils on paper, canvas or board.

Over a period of time Audrey has worked on several commissions for private clients, for brochures for a local college, and for Hyperion records. More recently she has focused on producing fine art for galleries, and has sold paintings both at home and internationally. Audrey has exhibited at various venues and galleries in Cornwall and Devon, more recently invited to be part of ‘Cornish Perspectives’ at The Thompson’s Gallery near Marble Arch in London.

Audrey has lived in different places over the years, but now lives in Helston.

Photo Of Artist Audrey Kellow
Photo Of Artist Audrey Kellow

Jon White – The Sea Within

2nd May - 27th May, 2023

Having grown up in Cornwall, Jon White’s practice has always been informed by the sea and the rugged coastline. He draws inspiration from walking the south west coast path and seeking to bring the ‘felt’ elements of these walks back to his studio in Falmouth.

He describes his work as having a slow process and rhythm that often leads to quick and intuitive bursts. These bursts are often the tipping point that bring a painting into its fullness.

Jon trained under world renowned artist Makoto Fujimura in both his New York and Los Angeles studios and in 2022 became the UK’s first certified Kintsugi instructor through Academy Kintsugi.  Having lived in the USA and also France, the importance of understanding different cultures also inspires Jon’s work. 

Original Abstract Mixed Media On Board With Strong Dark Blue Brush Marks On A Pastel Background By Jon White, Falmouth Based Artist
Original Abstract Mixed Media On Board With Strong Dark Blue Brush Marks On A Pastel Background By Jon White, Falmouth Based Artist
The Descent, Mixed Media on Board
Original Abstract Mixed Media Artwork On Canvas In Pinks, Oranges And Blue By Jon White, Falmouth Based Artist
The Sea is a Miracle, Mixed Media on Canvas
Original Abstract Oil Painting On Canvas Depicting A Calm But Sea And Cloudy Sky By Jon White, Falmouth Based Artist
Ode to the Sea, Oil on Canvas
Photograph Of Artist Jon White Wearing A Baseball Cap Whilst Working At A Canvas.
Artist portrait of Jon White
Original Abstract Mixed Media On Board With Strong Dark Blue Brush Marks On A Pastel Background By Jon White, Falmouth Based ArtistOriginal Abstract Mixed Media Artwork On Canvas In Pinks, Oranges And Blue By Jon White, Falmouth Based ArtistOriginal Abstract Oil Painting On Canvas Depicting A Calm But Sea And Cloudy Sky By Jon White, Falmouth Based ArtistPhotograph Of Artist Jon White Wearing A Baseball Cap Whilst Working At A Canvas.

Becky Van Vestraut – Warmed by the Light

4th April - 29th April, 2023

Becky Van Vestraut lives and works in Falmouth, where she is inspired by the beauty of the sea, waves and dramatic skies. The connection with nature and the joy of looking out to sea are what her paintings strive to recreate for the viewer. She is fascinated by capturing fleeting moments as the sea, sky and light change with the weather and time of day. Moments such as when the sunlight sparkles on the horizon, or streams out from behind dark, heavy rain clouds, or as the colours in the sky at sunrise or sunset are reflected in the sea.

Beginning with photographs taken on her walks, she uses them to make sketches and oil studies to explore the colours and composition for larger paintings. Her paintings evoke calm and tranquility as well as the vastness and energy of the sea.

Sharon Bruster – Rockpooling

7th March - 1st April, 2023

Sharon Bruster lives and works in St Mawgan on the North coast.

The Cornish coast is Sharon’s sole inspiration, most specifically the water’s edge and the spaces between high and low tide. Walking, photographing, gathering, writing haiku, sketching, collage and painting are all part of Sharon’s daily practice. In creating a series of paintings, exploration is key – with each series of work she investigates new ways to express her fascination with this landscape.

Rich surfaces, colourful coastal palettes and expressive mark-making draw the viewer closer and evoke memories of favourite coastal places. Shapes, colours and textures observed at the meeting of land and sea are constant motifs in her work.

Painting Of Water By Sharon Bruster
Painting Of Water By Sharon Bruster
Painting Of Water By Sharon Bruster
Painting Of Water By Sharon Bruster
Maker Portrait Of Sharon Bruster Holding Paintbrushes
Painting Of Water By Sharon BrusterPainting Of Water By Sharon BrusterPainting Of Water By Sharon BrusterMaker Portrait Of Sharon Bruster Holding Paintbrushes

Victoria Pond

30th November - 24th December, 2022

Having spent most of her life in North Wales and Cornwall, Victoria Pond has always appreciated the beauty of her natural surroundings. Despite having sketched the countryside around her for much of her life, until now she has largely exhibited figurative work. 

Whether figurative or landscape, drawing from observation is the foundation of Victoria’s practice. She regards it as an ongoing process of discovery that feeds her work in all other areas. When working more intuitively, whether abstracting the landscape or extracting it from the imagination, instinct is more of the essence than intellectual perception. 

Victoria uses various surfaces and mediums – acrylics, oil paints, charcoal, pencil. As different materials and surfaces lend themselves to different techniques, marks and moods, she doesn’t like to be tied down to one or the other. 

Victoria Pond resists the demand for her work to have a prescribed meaning and believes its meaning rests in the reaction of the viewer. This is not to say that she does not preside upon various reoccurring and often opposing themes both practical and philosophical, such as surface and depth, pattern, order and chaos, isolation and connection, but these may or may not concern the onlooker who will take from it what is relevant to them. 

Chloe Woods – Bright Light, Blue Night

18th October - 26th November, 2022

Chloe Woods feels lucky to live in Cornwall, where so many find inspiration. She enjoys the process of a piece coming together, the wrong turns, the rectifications, the looseness, the precision, the contrasts.

The vivid colours and textures of the Cornish coastline are what Chloe most enjoys capturing; the natural colours of the landscape against the fluorescent and primary colours of boats and harbours, and the twinkling of lights against the inky night sky and quiet water.

Working quickly and loosely, on location, in her sketchbook, she returns to her home studio to translate her sketches and memories into larger, contemporary pieces. Using an exciting range of mediums; acrylic paint, collage, charcoal and oil pastels, Chloe makes confident marks to bring those contrasts to the canvas.

In 2020 Chloe Woods was ‘Highly Commended’ by the SAA (the UK’s leading art hub) for her painting ‘Yellow Stripe’ and in September 2021 was excited to have won her category of the SAA ‘Artist of the Year 2021’.

Painting Of Navy And Red Boat Moared In The Harbour With The Tide Out
Painting Of Navy And Red Boat Moared In The Harbour With The Tide Out
Seasacpe Painting With Rolling Green Hills In The Distance
Deep Blue Cornish Harbour Painting
Seascape Painting With A Strong Blue Sky At Dusk
Painting Of Navy And Red Boat Moared In The Harbour With The Tide OutSeasacpe Painting With Rolling Green Hills In The DistanceDeep Blue Cornish Harbour PaintingSeascape Painting With A Strong Blue Sky At Dusk

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