Tomorrow evening sees the artist preview event of Jack House Gallery‘s new Exhibition entitled ‘Portsmouth in Paint & Print’. The exhibition contains paint & print artwork by artists Edward Beale, Chris Wood and Sadie Tierney all with an eye on the artists’ city and its views. The preview is from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 14th July and the exhibition runs through to 20th August.
Always working in situ, painter Edward Beale’s subjects range from the wild landscapes of the Western Isles of Scotland to the English countryside and the blazing sunscapes of southern France but for this show at Jack House Gallery Edward has turned his attention, and his signature broad brush impasto style, to the city of Portsmouth and the comings and goings of the busy Solent and Seafront. In a series of lively vibrant canvases Portsmouth in Paint is a Londoner’s fresh perspective on the city.
“In these paintings of urban and marine subjects I sought to project an elemental sense of the wind, light, sky and sea. With special permission from the City of Portsmouth and the owner of South Parade Pier, I set up my easel on vantage points on the roof of the Civic Offices and on the pier. These locations offered sweeping views across the City and the Solent. Using a fluid, loose technique I included local landmarks within a wide scope of vision. I want the viewer to be made aware of the locality within the broad perspective of the paintings.” Edward Beale.
Edward Beale, South Parade Pier Under Restoration
Edward Beale, Portsmouth Cityscape Towards West
Chris Wood has been working on a series of ‘Portsmouth Pubs’ and these local watering holes will be fondly familiar to many. Chris works strong graphic flair and novel perspectives into well known local scenes so that familiar buildings lurch into unexpected view when they really shouldn’t. You might have caught Chris’ work at Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail or at the recent Art Space Portsmouth open weekend.
Chris Wood, Ship & Castle
Chris Wood, Old Customs House
Sadie Tierney’s inspiration comes from the seafront playground of Clarence Parade and it’s landmarks old and new. The iconic Skyways Rollercoaster and the gleaming new Solent Wheel are worked in a series of monoprints, drypoints and lithographs against a backdrop of dramatic Solent skies. You might remember Sadie’s artwork from our feature on her recent solo show at Play Dead.
Skyways (Cobalt Sky) by Sadie Tierney
Sadie Tierney, Ferry and Fort Nocturne