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ARTflow exhibition at Hop Gallery in Lewes

PUBLISHED: 14:05 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:05 28 March 2014

Artist - Kris Powley - Abstract

Artist - Kris Powley - Abstract


ARTflow is a group of approximately 6 Sussex located artists exhibiting their eclectic mix of works at the prestigious Hop Gallery in Lewes. Together with 6 invited guest artists this must-see exhibition is a diverse showcase of media, subject and style from figurative to abstract.

To give you sneak preview of what is on offer - introducing guest artists...

Patricia Latham whose practice is based on the fascination with ‘altered states’. Her assemblages reflect the beaches of the south coast - a passion for the textures of distressed surfaces give the flotsam and jetsam of life a new meaning through the construction and abstraction of each piece. Beach debris, altered by time, the weather and the sea, is put through a variety of physical processes - grinding, scratching, binding etc; materials are twisted, wrapped, threaded, pulled, sewn, frayed, bound, and so on - and altered to take on a new form - an ‘altered state’.

Dagmara Rudkin, born in Poland, living in Brighton, is an artist with extraordinary talent. Her work is inspired by Catholic imagery and European mythology, folk art, feminist art and expressionism. She often combines semi-precious materials such as gold and silver leaf with scraps of old dried-up paint, roughly sewn fabric, chicken wire, plastic ‘gems’ and found objects to create sensual delicate lace-like areas of the paintings and darker, roughly-handled broody passages that are reminiscent of nests, wombs, doorways, caves or cocoons. They are poetic and gaudy, witty and richly embellished. They are a contemplation and a celebration of the rites told by European mythology influenced by her birth place. Does this work fire your should!

Jewellery designer/maker Glenis Boote produces strong sculptural pieces influenced by the love of the countryside surrounding her home, and by the work and philosophy of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement. Many of her designs start from a direct observation of flowers and plants in her garden. She uses a technique - anti-clastic raising - to create the curving three dimensional organic shapes through hand forming. It just gets better and better.......and there’s more - much more!

Mary Beaney, founder and promoter of Art on the River,, painter/mixed media, Rosemary Newton, painter of still life in acrylic and watercolour, Lesley Robertshaw, portrait painter of intimate scenes in oils - completes the guest artist contingency.

The whole show has been organised by Angela Perrin, the present linchpin of the group. Born in Nigeria, educated in the UK, qualified as a Physiotherapist, and together with her husband founded and developed St. Bedes School at The Dicker. Throughout her busy life Angie still found time to paint. Largely self-taught she developed over the latter years a technique of painting with pure watercolour on canvas; this she has found enhances fluidity, is excitingly adaptable and permits multiple glazes so readily. Her stunning works are inspired by the Sussex countryside and the wild places of Cornwall. She explores just how light in its countless manifestations influences atmosphere in landscapes and seascapes both intimate and panoramic - indeed in all the natural world.

Kate Sayers, watercolourist of large flower paintings; Viv Cecil sets light to his canvasses with a blow torch; Kris Powley abstract painter/mixed media/collage; Corina Stupa-Thomas, painter; and bringing up the rear is the 3D ceramic artist Julie Snowball whose Blue Angels are a ‘wow’ factor.

These twelve highly talented artists make for the not-to-be-missed ‘show of the year’ at the Hop Gallery, Lewes. It provides real affordable art for the discerning eye.

Where: Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane (Off Fisher Street) Lewes, BN7 1YJ

When: Saturdays to Sundays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) April 19 to May 5

Times: 10.30 to 5.00pm Mondays to Saturdays - 12.00 to 4.00pm Sundays.

Meet the artists on Saturday April 19 between 12pm and 3pm


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