What to see this week The sea: three selling exhibitions
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.