the bumper christmas art show

Friday 5 November 2010

400+ affordable artworks by 40 artists… here are some pictures from the current exhibition at the harleston gallery…

harleston gallery - christmas art show 2010 - affordable art by east anglian artists

the warm colours and energetic brushwork in this small painting in the downstairs café gallery immediately caught my eye: ‘willow tree’ by the notable painter gill levin, oil on board. gill levin trained at the chelsea school of art and was taught by the artist prunella clough. gill is also a well-respected and nationally known jazz musician – perhaps that musical influence is evident in her painting style…

as you will see, the walls are filled with art of all styles and genres: nature studies, urban scenes & rural landscapes, bold, expressionistic works in oils & acrylics, surreal & refined portraits, mixed media pop pieces & geometric abstracts on paper and canvas… on the shelf above is displayed a row of small, decorative pots by the acclaimed ceramicist clive davies

just around the corner is a large, impressive landscape painting by norfolk artist david page, ‘ploughed field at gudja, malta‘, oil on canvas. page’s more recent works depict the working patterns of an agricultural landscape, a pictorial history of the land keenly observed on the norfolk suffolk border. below this painting is a series of small ink & acrylic paintings by the very collectible artist dee nickerson, nickerson’s colourful, narrative paintings convey with a gentle humour aspects of life in the countryside and all its inhabitants…

a small corner in one of the upstairs galleries…

centre left is a very intricate, stitched textile work by christina greathead, which seems to reference biomorphic or water-like forms. just glimpsed to the right are some very quirky & humorous mosaic wall-pieces by the artist jayne wurr – the large mirror above the fireplace is a stunning work of supremely-crafted kitsch. wurr’s close attention to colour, pattern and structure is much influenced by her previous background as textile designer…

i like the sombre, muted hues in this small, delicate painting, ‘water lilies‘ by miles fairhurst, oil on canvas. fairhurst is very well known for his atmospheric, east anglian landscape scenes, much inspired by the victorian painter edward seago. fairhurst’s paintings have been widely exhibited & collected, in the uk and internationally…

a wall of mosaic pieces by the artist bazil leith. classical roman & byzantium influences hybridize with more arcane & pop imagery in these works. bazil has a distinguished background in the commercial art world, having been the original prop maker, animator and director for the wombles & paddington bear, amongst others…

another gallery wall chock-full of paintings, prints & drawings, in the adjacent upstairs gallery…

even the humble stairwell has some art on the walls…

everything on view, naturally enough, is for sale and any artwork can be purchased and taken away immediately – perhaps some of these have already sold..?

did i mention i have some artwork in this exhibition too? a few collagraph prints, some small framed paintings on paper and a couple of larger works on canvas – but this is not just about me…

there’s wall to wall art in a range of sizes, formats and media, with styles & prices to suit every possible taste & budget – a required christmas shopping experience for both the discerning art collector and for anyone with that difficult to buy for relative or friend… all works on view are original artworks which have been created solely by the artist; there are no giclée or mass reproduction prints here…

there is much more to see and you are warmly invited to just gaze for a while but perhaps you might also be tempted to buy – it’s art that’s just in time for christmas, but also art that’s not just for christmas… this bumper art exhibition is up until christmas eve…

bumper christmas art show
over 400 affordable artworks by forty regional artists
at the harleston gallery, norfolk

5 november to 24 december 2010