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JMW Turner: Ad­ven­tures in Colour is at Turner Con­tem­po­rary, Mar­gate, Kent, from Oc­to­ber 8 to Jan­uary 8, 2017 (01843 233000; www.turn­er­con­tem­po­rary.org) Turner’s rad­i­cal use of colour is ex­plored through more than 100 oils and wa­ter­colours, many of which ex­ploit the vi­brant, often un­con­ven­tional pal­ette that is key to such works as his fiery Ver­mil­ion Tow­ers of about 1834 (above). The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines the artist’s in­ter­est in colour the­ory and in ex­per­i­ment­ing with new ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques. Ap­pro­pri­ately for the fifth an­niver­sary of Turner Con­tem­po­rary, Mar­gate is a par­tic­u­lar theme, show­ing the in­spi­ra­tion Turner gained from the light and skies pe­cu­liar to that part of the Kent coast (where he spent much time in his later life), as well, of course, as his love of the sea.

Three sell­ing ex­hi­bi­tions

Mod­ern Bri­tish Art is at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178, Bromp­ton Road, Lon­don SW3, un­til Oc­to­ber 29 (020–7584 7566; www.cranekalman.com) This eclec­tic mix by 20th-cen­tury Bri­tish artists in­cludes works by the Ni­chol­sons, Wil­liam Scott, Alan Lown­des, Gra­ham Suther­land, Craigie Aitchi­son and Mary New­comb. Also on show is a dip­tych by Ed­mund de Waal and sculp­tures by the tal­ented Tom Stog­don.

Dione Veru­lam: Re­cent Work is at Re­becca Hossack Gallery, 2a, Con­way Street, Lon­don W1, un­til Oc­to­ber 29 (020–7436 4899; www.re­bec­c­a­hos­sack.com) In­spired by the colour and ab­stract pat­tern-mak­ing of mas­ters such as Matisse and Braque, Dione Veru­lam has used her old mono­prints, etch­ings and wa­ter­colours, as well as an­tique book-bind­ing papers, to cre­ate a se­ries of vi­brant col­lages de­pict­ing favourite pas­times, such as pic­nick­ing and travel. Scenes such as Siesta Sur lõherbe, Pyre­nees and Search­ing for Truf­fles show her fa­mil­iar mo­tifs of horses, hounds and the hunt reap­pear­ing in new land­scapes.

Ves­sels: Na­ture Morte is at Michael Richard­son Con­tem­po­rary Art, 84, St Peter’s Street, Lon­don N1, un­til Oc­to­ber 15 (020–7359 7002; www.artspace­gallery.co.uk) Nick Miller de­scribes his mov­ing group of still lifes as ‘a per­sonal re­sponse to the pass­ing of life, to slowly let­ting go, while cel­e­brat­ing life’s fragility and tenac­ity’. Com­pris­ing deft oil stud­ies of plants and flow­ers seen against ab­stract back­grounds, they con­nect him to his re­cently de­ceased mother; the vases and bot­tles in which the cut­tings are ar­ranged be­longed to her. A cat­a­logue with texts by Colm Tóibín and Sean Rainbird ac­com­pa­nies the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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