What to see this week The sea: three sell­ing ex­hi­bi­tions

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Nor­man Ack­royd: Some He­bridean Is­lands at Eames Fine Art, 58, Ber­mond­sey Street, Lon­don SE1 un­til Oc­to­ber 2 (020–7407 1025; www.eames­fin­eart.com) Every year, the Royal Aca­demi­cian ex­plores a dif­fer­ent part of off­shore Bri­tain and, from a boat, of­ten in stormy seas, makes at­mo­spheric wa­ter­colour stud­ies of coast­lines and is­lands. These he later works up into sub­lime aquat­ints, the medium in which he has made his name as ‘the Turner of etch­ing’ Septem­ber 6, 2015).

Fol­low­ing this sum­mer’s trip to Barra and the Bish­ops Isles, his lat­est show fea­tures work in progress—a mix of wa­ter­colours and prints that cap­ture the ef­fects of the chang­ing light and weather and con­vey his deep affin­ity with Bri­tain’s Celtic ar­chi­pel­a­gos. A cat­a­logue ac­com­pa­nies the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Sea at Kil­morack Gallery, The Old Kil­morack Church, by Beauly, In­ver­ness-shire un­til Oc­to­ber 29 (01463 783230; www.kil­morack­gallery.co.uk) The salty bond be­tween artists and the sea is as strong as ever in Scot­land, as can be seen in this ex­hi­bi­tion of stir­ring works by artists in­clud­ing Peter Davis, He­len Den­er­ley, Steve Dil­worth, Lotte Glob, Allan Macdon­ald, Will Maclean, Kate Downie and Janette Kerr. Jeremy Gardiner: Pil­lars of Light at Pais­nel Gallery, 9, Bury Street, Lon­don SW1, Septem­ber 28–Oc­to­ber 14 (www.pais­nel­gallery.co.uk; 020–7930 9293) Thirty-six pow­er­ful seascapes painted from stud­ies made dur­ing many weeks trav­el­ling the south-west coast and is­lands. Jeremy Gardiner is in­ter­ested in light­houses for their sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance as well as their ar­chi­tec­tural beauty and these feats of en­gi­neer­ing are the theme of his lat­est show (above: Hart­land Point light­house, Devon). His lay­ered and tex­tured paint­ings are ad­mired for their dis­tinc­tive ab­stracted style, ‘in equal parts geo­met­ric, ge­o­graphic and ge­o­log­i­cal’.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion is a film show­ing the artist at work and a hand­some cat­a­logue with an es­say by Chris­tiana Payne on light­houses and how they have been de­picted by artists through the cen­turies, from Daniell and Monet to Rav­il­ious and Hopper.

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