Six Abstract Artists at Halesworth…

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

Friday saw the Preview of the ‘Six Abstract Artists’ exhibition at the Halesworth Gallery in Suffolk, which I am delighted to be a part of. Artists Jazz Green, Geraldine Carratu, John Midgley, Anthea Eames, Joan Hickson and myself have come together to show a wide range of styles and work,  ranging from abstract to semi-abstract, and includes geometric, textured, bold, subtle, vibrant, lively and flowing pieces.

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery © Mari French 2011

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery © Mari French 2011

It was an enjoyable evening with a great buzz about it as a good number of people turned out to view the work and talk to the artists. I’m really pleased to be showing at this gallery – not only is it a long- established venue, showing work from established artists such as sculptor Elizabeth Frink and painter Mary Fedden, since 1966, but it is also a beautiful space – medieval, atmospheric,  – and its ancient walls and timbers work with contemporary art surprisingly well. It is also a non-profit making charity, run by artists.

The general consensus seemed to be that the work of the six artists, while varied, sits very well together – thanks largely to the friendly and supportive staff – Alan and Jan who helped hang the show, and Paul Cope who worked so hard behind the scenes on the publicity.

Jazz Green's work at Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

Jazz Green's work at Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

My own work filled one wall opposite that of Anthea Eames who uses the materials of the earth itself – a fabulous deep blue from Norfolk woad, Australian red earth, Suffolk chalk etc – to create her striking abstract landscapes.

I also love Jazz Green’s square pieces – from the tiny ‘i-cons’ which quietly draw you in, to her large works which seem to hum with restricted but singing depth of colour. For a more in-depth blog on the same show, with more photos showing all the artists work (which I didn’t manage to get on the night), I can recommend Jazz Green’s blog post ‘six abstract artist – a private view’.

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

Six Abstract Artists, Halesworth Gallery

more saltmarsh paintings…and to frame or not to frame?

Bright day, Thornham saltmarsh © Mari French 2011

Bright day, Thornham saltmarsh © Mari French 2011

A couple more from my series of saltmarsh paintings (these are larger than the ones in my previous blog), which seem to be going well just now, building into a series which I’ll have to get framed soon for the group exhibition in May at Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk – Six Abstract Artists. As I’ve mentioned before (and its pretty obvious anyway) some are more abstract than others, so given the theme of the show I’ll have to be selective.

The framer I’ve been using since moving to Norfolk is Bill Henderson of Henderson’s Arts & Framing in Gaywood, King’s Lynn, who I find pretty reasonable price-wise (they also have a good stock of art supplies). Most of my work in the past year has been on box canvas, which I don’t usually frame. A gallery owner reflected in a recent discussion that buyers’ tastes may be swinging towards a preference for american-style ‘float frames’ for canvas – something I’m considering. When I lived and worked from my own studio/gallery on the Isle of Skye most visitors expressed a preference for leaving the canvases as they were – unframed.

Anyway, it’s been refreshing to work on an alternative surface producing these studies of Thornham saltmarsh and creek. I’ve also noticed my colour palette diversifying somewhat from previous more subdued colours I tended to use.

Saltmarsh light © Mari French 2011

Saltmarsh light © Mari French 2011