Gerald Dewsbury ‘Upon Going Bald’ with Kim Dewsbury, Akiko Hirai and Alex Walshaw
7 – 28 November 2020
“It’s not a mid-life crisis”, Gerald Dewsbury is keen to point this out when I question the title of one of his paintings due to be exhibited at the gallery in November.
He tells me that when you come across a patch of Bluebells in the open ground it denotes where trees used to grow, it is evidence of mankind’s relationship with the environment. This is the root of Gerald Dewsbury’s work
To understand how artists work I often visit their studio but on one occasion I walked with Gerald Dewsbury. His painting palette is huge, far larger than most of his paintings which tend to be small, highly detailed landscapes of the fields and hills around the Welsh/English border. The palette is carried on his back with a pack of materials, a canvas carrier, an easel and a stool. He walks, not like a walker with A to B in mind but as someone looking for something in a gentle but probing manner. It’s a quiet search for a big subject, ‘Mankinds relationship with the environment’.
I first met Gerald in the gallery in Much Wenlock. His paintings are highly skilled, but they also have an intensity, a vibrancy of colour and detail that takes you beyond mere representation. A study of each painting will often reveal exaggerated forms which make you question your initial interpretation. It’s a bit like lying on your back and seeing shapes in the clouds, the sky becomes your story.
Kim Dewsbury brings smaller objects into focus. Her still life paintings are far from blousy jugs of flowers on windowsills. There is a fine, delicate touch to her work. Similar to Gerald’s landscapes, you can appreciate and enjoy these still life paintings for the colour, composition and skill. Looking a little deeper you will find symbolic, mystical elements and meaning.
The Dewsbury’s live at the top of a farm track in a tiny cottage enveloped in the Welsh hills between Corwen and Bala. From their large wooden studio they produce their magical, jewel like paintings that are to be kept and treasured.
Mary Elliott – October 2020
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