'In February 2014 I had an exhibition of my early early work (1959 - 1970 ) at the Redfern Gallery, London. I have found in the past that reviewing my work in a major exhibition has brought about a change in direction. In this case, having the opportunity to review work I made 55 - 60 years ago, I felt that there were many avenues I had failed to explore in my youthful rush to make new work. I decided that I would make my future work based on the influences and ideas embedded in my paintings of the 1960's. Those influences being mainly Constuctivism and it's offshoots in the Bauhaus and De Stijl.
The paintings in this exhibition are spontaneous creations that have come about as a result of my revisiting this early work. Like the paintings the titles are mostly words I have created, although on occasions I have found words in books or on road signs that have appealed to me.'
'I built my first boat when I was ten and since then boats and water have been important to me. The sailing boat in my work first appeared as an involuntary image - an image that Herbert Read had called ‘eidetic’, an image that precedes conscious thought. I began scratching the image of my own boat on pieces of wood found as we voyaged around the coast. By using found material, I was able to release a different kind of space in my work and unlock the realisation that 'the found is more powerful than the made'. The addition of the etched boat would mysteriously reveal the coastlines, weather conditions, harbours and underwater hazards of our real voyaging experiences. Sometimes, a piece of wood would reveal the image of the very place where it had been found.'
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Belgrave St Ives specialises in Modern British and Contemporary Art. There is an emphasis on work by artists associated with Cornwall from the 1930s to the present time. The gallery is the only private art gallery in Cornwall showing regular exhibitions of work by major artists associated with the St Ives Modern Period as well as exhibitions of works by other select Modern British and Contemporary Artists. The gallery works with a number of artists, artists’ estates, collectors and other galleries, to produce an annual programme of changing monthly one-person and themed exhibitions usually accompanied by published material.
Located in the heart of historic and picturesque St Ives, the gallery is situated very close to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Opened in 1998 as sister gallery to Belgrave Gallery (est. London 1974), the St Ives gallery became independent in 2010. The gallery aims to present exhibitions in an informative and friendly manner and the staff are always happy to discuss all aspects of art on display. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Belgrave St Ives has an active online presence (website, blog, Facebook) and holds a large inventory of art not on show that can easily be arranged for viewing by interested visitors.
Gallery team: Michael Gaca (Director), Richard Blackborow, Dominica Williamson, Milly Freeman and Polly Carter.