A themed exhibition at the Gallery Above
4 June - 31 July 2021
10am-5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
2.30-5pm Sundays during July
Free baby trees to all customers who spend over £50!
With works by Jim Anderson, Debbie Baxter, Ebu Estandar, Debbie Hall, Pauline Jacobsen, Sarah Jenkins, James Ravilious, Carol Sinclair, Julia Suddaby, Ian Wright. Plus botanical prints/books/stationery/cards and wooden artifacts from Knoydart and Snowdonia.
Please see the Portfolios (right) for a selection of works by the artists
Linton artist Jim Anderson was recently the winner in an episode of the BBC1 programme Home is where the art is. He works in various different media – including mosaic, paint and print – and presents a satirical and energetic view of the world. Though sometimes touching on serious themes, his work is vivacious, colourful and tinged with a punkish irreverence. His work can also currently be seen across the road in the vacant shop. Please ask if you would like to inspect any of the works there more closely.
The abiding theme in Debbie Baxter`s work, which is placed centre stage in this exhibition, is a celebration of trees in all their variety and beauty, their majesty and colour. She describes herself as a Treescape artist and her talent was highlighted by an appearance walking through the woods on BBC Countryfile. Her book Into the Woods illustrates the wide range of her work including poetry written in collaboration with Gary Milsom. She paints in both oil on canvas and acrylic on board and often produces large scale works. She urges us to love and conserve, protect and propagate trees as a key part of our ecosystem, essential to our physical and mental wellbeing....her art is linked essentially to our lives.
artist of twig and flower
An aboriginal from the Bunan and Zhou tribes of Taiwan, Ebu Estandar's travels took her to Mexico and then to the UK where she now resides. Like a Bunan hunter, she followed her instincts every which way, seeking out her prey. Ebu chases the passion and innocence of life, the energy of the young, the stability of the middle-aged and the wisdom of the old. She searches for the clarity of these experiences and attempts to bring them to life in her painting. She uses locally-gathered, plant-based natural materials such as leaves, twigs, roots and flowers as a way of expressing these attempts as part of her artistic practice.
willow artist/basket maker
Award winning basket maker Debbie Hall is based in the nearby village of Shudy Camps where she lives on 2 acres of beautiful land which is a constant inspiration to her work. Though she has a diverse artistic background with a first Degree in Fine Art and an MA in Illustration, it is willow that has kept her well and truly captivated over the last 25 years. Fascinated with the cycles of life, and living closely with nature, it gives Debbie great joy to be able to create with colourful organic willow, which she hand shapes with very little intervention of tools. She loves that direct engagement with this most natural and sustainable of materials much of which she grows, harvests and prepares herself, enabling her to nurture her creations at every stage from bud to basket.
The inherent beauty of the material and Debbie's deep connection to it shine through in her exquisite woven baskets, sculpture and living willow structures.
Pauline Jacobsen [1934-2014] studied at Ealing Technical College and School of Art , and thereafter at the Slade School of Art . Here she studied wood engraving and etching under John Buckland Wright. She had several one man exhibitions and exhibited regularly with the Society of Wood Engravers to which she was elected in 1954. She lived most of her life in Scotland and her work can be seen at the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Her wood engravings are known for her use of the natural grain of the wood which she used to beautiful effect to enhance her prints which often have a spiritual theme.
Sarah lives and works in North Essex close to the village of Debden, near Newport. From her studio in a shallow dip of rolling farmland, surrounded by gently rolling hills, she witnesses the enduring landscape exposed to the weather, the changing seasons, the passing of the sun. She can glimpse the progress of wild creatures in the margins and ponders on the various traces of human life. Her recent work has become more abstracted, more internalised. With each piece of work her quest is to find the right resonating frequency, something human, something describing nature and the rightness of it. A kind of truth. During her higher education, she studied Fine Art and became interested in ceramics. All her work is influenced by the landscape. She builds pieces by hand, sometimes by assembling slabs, sometimes by coiling. Each stage takes time and has its own meaning. Mark-making demands staying in the moment. Pieces are usually fired several times before they are completed. Sarah is a member of the Craft Potters Association.
James Ravilious [1939-1999] like his father Eric, trained as an artist at St Martins School of Art, but a Cartier- Bresson exhibition converted him to photography which he taught himself. In 1972 he moved to, and was inspired by, a very rural unspoilt part of North Devon. It also produced the perfect job for him, recording daily life in that traditional part of England before modernisation. He devoted himself to this for more than 17 years. The results, over 75,000 black and white negatives in the Beaford Archive form a unique body of work, unparalleled in this country for its scale and quality. In this exhibition we show what is possibly his best known work of an oak tree at Marsland, Devon taken in 1997 and entitled "After Mondrian". We also stock cards featuring images of James's wonderful photography from the Beaford Archive.
Carol works from her studio set in an acre of water meadow and bordered by the River Granta in Hildersham where the seasons are very apparent. This environment greatly influences her work.... she is interested in the way natural and man-made materials and objects are eroded by use and the elements, often encapsulating the elusive marks of time. She is attempting to capture redolences, sound and the effects of time in nature.
After graduating from Central/ St Martins School of Art in 1987 she joined the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors founded by Cecil Collins. She exhibited work at the Cambridge Darkroom and Kettles Yard Post Morality Exhibition, later becoming a board director of Cambridge Darkroom and chair of the CSPS, many of whose shows she curated. Her work featured in The Contemporary Art Society's annual shows, and she has regularly exhibited in Cambridge, London and elsewhere, completing numerous commissions in the UK and world wide.
In addition she has taught a Cambridge MA course in architecture entitled 'Interdisciplinary Design for the built environment', and has lectured for Cambridge Botanic Garden and the U3A.
Julia Suddaby who lives locally in Ashdon has been painting and drawing all her life. There was a particular time when a revelation happened in her art work, when she did a BA in Illustration between 2001 and 2003. She realised then that she wanted to create images from an imagined world, connected with dreams, and stories. Trees are part of these pictures - they link the characters with nature and the landscape and provide a place for birds to perch. She has a special love for the odd quirkiness of sumac and larch trees which are linked in her mind with certain memories....She is very drawn to primitive and folk motifs, and endlessly intrigued by certain objects and themes: windows, china, Edwardian postcards, Greek columns, dolls and puppets, historical costume and fabric patterns.
Some of her favourite artists are Georges de la Tour, Carpaccio, Richard Diebenkorn, Chardin, Morandi and Rothko. She finds a lot of inspiration in American folk art and Indian miniature painting.
Ian has been painting with oils for most of his life, having accumulated a varied and eclectic body of work spanning over 35 years. He studied art at college in Kennington, developing a passion and sense of excitement for art in its many guises. He also travelled extensively around the planet, non-stop for 25 years, as host on the first back-packing travel show on TV, visiting more than 80 countries. He describes himself as the luckiest man on earth! Eight years ago his wife bought him a lovely Singer sewing machine and he realised he could use the coloured cloth, silks, threads and beads in the same way as applying oil paint to canvas and he hasn't looked back since.
Knoydart, an inaccessible peninsula on the far west coast of Scotland is cut off from the mainland road network and is only accessible by boat or on foot. This remote, rugged landscape is home to only about 120 people, many of whom work in forestry. We stock beautiful wooden artifacts made there from the local woods - spreading knives, spatulas in beech or ash, and tapas boards, as well as Birlinns, models of the sea-faring sailing ships which inherited design features from the Vikings.
The unique and practical spoons, spatulas and hooks have been lovingly hand-carved by axe and knife in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains in Snowdonia. The wood is sourced either from the pruning process, from coppiced trees or from trees that have suffered wind damage.