Mys­ti­cal­wood­land Forestat­sun­set. Reser­voir

Devon Life - - Arts -

RESER­VOIR FOR­EST AT SUN­SET

“I work from mem­o­ries of places, the so­lace of land­scape, woods, fields, and open moor­land,” says Alexan­dra Jacobs SWAC. “When I saw an im­age of Olive Hock­ing’s paint­ing I re­alised that I had cre­ated some­thing sim­i­lar:

My cur­rent theme is trees, but in colourist mode. Where I live there is a mys­ti­cal wood, full of lichen, moss and ferns – it is a se­cret place.”

BEATRICE SHILLING

Paing­ton-born Jenny Py­mont SWAC ad­mits to a fond­ness for quirky Still Life, pro­vok­ing a sense of time­less­ness and pe­cu­liar­ity. You’ll of­ten find puns and dou­ble en­ten­dres in her work sym­bol­i­cally con­vey­ing the many var­ied com­plex­i­ties of hu­man re­la­tion­ships.

In this ex­hi­bi­tion her work cel­e­brates the work of Bri­tish Aero­nau­ti­cal En­gi­neer, Bat­tle of Bri­tain hero­ine and mo­tor racer, Beatrice Shilling OBE PHD MSC Ceng (1909-1990) who de­vised the rev­o­lu­tion­ary RAE Restric­tor. A small brass washer type disc that re­stricted fuel flow to a car­bu­ret­tor pre­vent­ing the en­gine to stall in the Rolls-royce Mer­lin en­gines of Hawker Hur­ri­canes and Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fires, which could lose power and cut out dur­ing cer­tain ma­noeu­vres. Beatrice Shillings en­gi­neer­ing ge­nius un­doubt­edly helped to win World War II.

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