Flying the nest
The Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe hosts work by eight artists from Colchester’s Cuckoo Farm Studios this month. Janice Walker finds out more about the artists exhibiting and their intriguing work
Cuckoo Farm artists come to The Sentinel Gallery
From November 3 to 13, eight artists from Colchester’s Cuckoo Farm Studios will be winging their way down to Wivenhoe to exhibit their work in The Sentinel Gallery. This wonderfully varied show will include beautifully turned wood, colourful fused glass, a range of ceramics, abstract and figurative sculptures, paintings and prints ranging from imaginative responses to the natural world to thought-provoking abstracts and modern realism.
In 2015, Nicholas Rowe graduated from Colchester School of Art gaining BA (Hons) Art & Design: 3D Design & Craft, won the Cuckoo Farm Studios Graduate Award and was accepted as a Licentiate member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen in London.
“As a woodturning and ceramic artist I aim to create work of integrity that is evocative of locality, where past and present, materials and communities are honestly referenced,’ says Nicholas. “Provenance is important and
since graduating my practice has expanded to use mainly locally-sourced sustainable wood. Every piece of wood has different attractive aspects.”
Lupe Cunha will be showing some of her recent Abstract Expressionist works in acrylic on paper. Her work is moody, full of energy and movement, and explores both tonal contrasts and colour harmonies. Lupe says: “My painterly life began in the 1970s when I was introduced to the American Abstract Expressionist by my artist father, and after seeing the emotional resonance of those huge canvases I’ve aimed at doing something similar on a smaller scale. My heart has always been in the pure Abstract, particularly Brazilian Abstract Expressionism, from my native origins, rather than a more generic abstraction of form.”
Award-winning artist Lesley Croxford has exhibited at a number of prestigious venues in London and has also exhibited extensively throughout East Anglia: her most recent exhibition was with Pam Schomberg at Cuckoo Farm, Colchester. From her studio in Wivenhoe, she says: “Although I am a figurative artist, I have tried to move away from the idea of just copying my subject. Instead, I recreate what I see by heightening colour or exaggerating shape. By keeping the memory alive of the first vision, I try to distil it, to make the image more potent by using an intuitive approach.”
Lynn Foster is a well-established fused glass artist, creating a range of large decorative statement pieces, tableware and lighting.
She says: “I only became a professional artist in my 70s. I quickly became entranced by fused glass as a medium. My sculpture work has grown out of a need to find interesting stands and frameworks for my glass sculpture, which I learned to create in an experimental sculpture course.”
Pam Schomberg’s childhood fascination with ancient artefacts in her local museum has influenced her artistic style. Pam explains: “As a potter you have a rough idea of how what you are making will end up, but things change dramatically from when they go in the kiln to when they come out after firing. There is always a surprise when the kiln door opens. Each piece is individually hand built in porcelain, stoneware or chocware. I make marks and impress a pattern into rolled out slabs of clay, with made or found tools, the piece is then built with sections from these slabs and fired. Colour is included at all stages, with the use of oxides, slips, glazes, gold, platinum and other on-glaze lustre.”
Jean Muir, who works with transparent glass forms including jewellery, Sheena Clover, who will be exhibiting her lyrical abstract monoprints and paintings, and Liam Hennessy, with his full figure human sculptures and figurative portraits in the same style, will also be exhibiting. Each day of the exhibition, one or more of the artists will be in the gallery, and they will all be there on November 10 giving talks about their work and giving visitors the opportunity to find out more about the talent behind these masterpieces.N
Find out more
The Sentinel Gallery Chapel Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9DX Call 01206 827490, visit thesentinelgallery.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gallery is open 11am to 5pm daily.
“I only became a professional artist in my 70s. I quickly became entranced by fused glass as a medium”
ABOVE:Lupe Cunha’s artRIGHT:Pam Schomberg’s pottery
RIGHT: Painting by figurative artist Lesley Croxford