Winter Exhibition 5th December – 24th December 2020
Winter Exhibition at Twenty Twenty Gallery
Our ever popular Winter Exhibition featuring an eclectic mix of painters, potters and printmakers, plus lots of seasonal gift ideas.
Main image above: Matthew Wood ‘The Brecon Beacons from Clee Hill’ Oil on board. 2020. 12 x 29.5cm
“I am interested in exploring the nature of story: its ability to shape shift in response to time, place and telling. Common themes include fairy tale, forest, and memory. Freud’s concept of the Uncanny informs my work, particularly the way in which memory surfaces in unexpected places and at odd moments together with theories of ‘Deja vu’ and the relationship we have with reflection, inner and outer. I walk to process my thoughts. These walks and related thoughts, feelings and personal memory create further story and I find myself focusing on following and trying to understand these endless labyrinthine connections. I see my current work as part of a never-ending story growing ever more complicated and compelling for me. A welcome conundrum of sorts.”
Left: All the World’s a Stage I. Digital photograph, watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf. 33.5 x 43.5cm.
Sue Campion RBA is primarily a colourist. She works in oil and pastel combining wonderful rich colours with a strong sense of pattern and design. The subject of her works range from Shropshire hills and portraits to the Thames, southern Europe and Australia.
Originally Sue trained as a display artist in London during the 1960’s. She left England and lived abroad in Spain and America before returning to England and opening a gallery. She then returned to college and studied Fine Art at Nottingham Polytechnic. Sue works from her studio in Shrewsbury and paints the Shropshire landscape as well as travelling and painting in Spain, Italy and Australia. She has had many solo and group shows and has work at Rowleys House Museum and the Courtauld Institute.
Sue Campion is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
I am an artist/maker based in Bristol. My passion is to create new ways of expressing personal narrative; casting my own stories through mixed media sculpture, shadow theatre, and book arts, and working therapeutically with adults and children to help them communicate and acknowledge theirs.”
Right: ‘Red Cup with Pagoda’ Mixed media drawing. 32 x 30cm
“My recent paintings return to some recurring themes: familiar landscapes, vegetation, sheds,interiors and a cast of characters and objects that I have developed and added to over the years. The heightened colour and strong contrast of light and shade in my paintings gives a luminous and dreamlike quality to my work.
Starting out with a degree in Fine Art from Bristol Polytechnic in the 1980s, I worked as an artist in Spain, returning to London and becoming a professional portrait painter, exhibiting with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the BP Portrait Awards.”
“Landscape has remained at the heart of my work from the beginning – there are often mythic and cultural associations in my mind as I create, whether the inspiration is my familiar ancestral landscape here in Mid Wales, or a distant far off landscape such as the Himalayan foot hills I recently encountered during a residency in India. These can be real or imagned places – landscapes of the mind – landscapes without borders….
My instinct has always been to embrace different materials and methods i.e. painting, textile and printmaking traditions and enjoy working in all these areas. However, I regard the process or medium as incidental in the end, as it is the content of the work which is my main concern.”
Left: ‘On the Backroad’ Charcoal on paper 2020 36 x 43cm
“My paintings are not usually direct representations of a scene; they are mostly semi-abstract works that I use as a way of recording the aspect that remains uppermost in my memory. They evoke the sensation of a moment in time in a particular location. For me, they are more ‘real’ than a photograph.
I walk each day in the countryside around the Suffolk village in which I live. The familiar fields, woods, paths and animals find their way into the work. I watch the light move across the landscape or through the trees, continually changing the colours and the atmosphere.”
Right: ‘Warm Winter Fields’ Acrylic on board. 24 x 17.5cm
Peter’s background and his love of rural Shropshire heavily influence the subject matter of his work. He is fascinated by folklore, rural life, natural history, geology and farming and his highly detailed pictures are woven with a mixture of fantasy and realism. Working mainly on paper with mixed media he interweaves rich colours and textures that form: a canopy of trees, a carpet of leaves, whilst lines of vivid colour outline cows and sheep that appear as if from another world.
“I produce paintings on location and in one sitting be they landscape or interior. Working from primary observation I have developed a method and technique that is both expressive and direct. The challenge of creating a successful painting in sometimes adverse conditions – from rain and snow storm to darkened corridor or church – adds to the experience of the process of painting. All works are produced on board, with the landscapes in oil and interiors in gouache, the dark contrasting tones of the interiors counter-balancing the softer harmonious perspectives used in the landscapes.”
Right: ‘The Brecon Beacons from Clee Hill’ Oil on board 12 x 29.5cm
“Inspired by our native landscape, I try to evoke those weather filled days that we are so used to in this country. Those days that are more rain and wind than blue skies and sun.
The land and weather here in Britain have made us who we are and are intensely emotional, powerful forces that are part of our very soul.
Quickly made sketches in the field inform my paintings which are not directly representational but are a mix of responses to place, time and weather. The paintings I produce are rarely of one specific recognisable view but a fusion of surroundings and feelings towards that place.”
Right: ‘Marginal’ Mixed media on canvas. 50 x 50cm
Sharon Griffin is a figurative artist who specialises in ceramic sculpture and fine art painting. Sharon is directly inspired by the woodland where she often explores places in which to ‘breathe’. The textures, the smells, the secret spaces all provide a kind of ‘awakening’. Sharon uses the figure to help communicate a sense of deeper meaning within humankind and of her own experience of being a woman. The sculptures represent a state of being; internal struggles of love, loss, displacement, vulnerability and strength.
Tamsin completed a degree in English literature (First Class Honours) at Stirling University (1985 -1989) where she specialised in medieval literature. Her love of the language and stories of medieval literature was enhanced by the fact that much of the research material she was reading was illustrated with paintings and simple woodcuts of the period.
After leaving university Tamsin moved to Herefordshire and returned to college to complete a foundation year in art at Gloucester College of Art and Technology where she discovered the highly influential work of the Brotherhood of Ruralists. In 1999 she began an evening class in stained glass at Hereford College of Art and Design and soon gained an OCN in the craft but continued the course for a total of four years.
Tamsin works from her studio in the Herefordshire countryside where the orchards, the hills, the woods and all the plants, birds and animals influence her work.
Right: ‘Care for the World – (Dawn Angel) ‘ Stained glass. 294 x 213mm
“I enjoy printmaking and storytelling and decided to apply these to ceramics. I have a degree in Illustration which I combined with ceramic practice and work out of my studio in Essex surrounded by my two dogs and radio 4.
My ceramics are made in stoneware and screen printed with my illustrations. They are all house trained and dishwasher proof.
My houses are made in ‘grogged’ porcelain and are then raku fired to produce their crackles and exciting colours. The houses are home to weird and wonderful characters who I hope will behave themselves in your home, I often write stories about my houses on Instagram. The houses are not dishwasher proof which is usually not a problem unless the inhabitants have a food fight.
Prue Cooper’s slipware dishes are meant to be used: to celebrate friendship, generosity, and the sharing of simple pleasures.
The simple press-moulded shapes are sometimes decorated with inscriptions, the overall design of the dish echoing the sense of the words. The lettering is done freehand very fast using slip clay.
They are often ordered for special occasions, as wedding presents, or birthday presents, or for christening, anniversary or house-warming presents.
Usually these are existing designs, but special commissions are also undertaken.
Right: ‘People Must Have Puddings’ Decorated slipware. 25 x 28cm
“I went to Middlesbrough Art college and then to Herefordshire college of Art taking the Design Crafts Course. After leaving Art College, I was self-employed for a number of years as a crafts person before doing a number of residencies in Scotland and the North of England. I then trained to become an Art teacher. I try to find time in school holidays to continue to make my own work.
My working method has have always involved working with a mixture of materials mostly found. I use a spot welder a lot but use a variety of different methods form electro etching to no more nails. My work has various themes ranging from horses to movie stars. I have recently become interested in cross sections and vintage diagrams and this is what some of my work is based on.”
Kathryn O’Kell trained at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She lives and works from her studio in Worcestershire
Kathryn works mainly in English Lime wood, carving and painting birds from tiny wrens to swans. Her strong compositions have wonderful movement, texture and colour.
They make wonderful unique presents.
Right: ‘Goldfinch in a Gold Field’ Carved & painted Limewood. 10 x 18cm
“After completing a BA Hons degree in Ceramics at Bath College of Art in the 1990s I went on to pursue a career in TV and Film as a prop and model-maker.
I now work from a barn in Shropshire as a contemporary artistic and architectural blacksmith.”
Guy Royle’s jewellery inhabits a space between the definitions of Art and Craft; mingling influences from both, yet never so far as becoming exclusively one or the other. Brooches are paintings in metal, necklaces are sculptures for the human form, while the tones, shades and textures of raw materials are his palette. This combination of elements brings a timeless and natural quality to his work. What is more, Guy’s jewellery is graceful for its functionality; whatever beauty stems from his work, has derived, and is inseparable from its intent to be worn.
Nigel lambert’s pots are both decorative and useful. He began his love of pottery and paintings whilst at art college in Cornwall. His interest in the work of abstract painters, particularly Roger Hilton ,Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and other artists from the Cornish peninsula; has influenced his work and the decorative marks he makes. His work is approached not as a painter, but as a potter.