'The Winter Show' exhibition opens in the Sewell Centre Gallery on the 11th November. This is an exhibition of ceramics, painting, photography and printmaking by artists Marie Boyle, Angela Mellor and Jonathan Shapely.
The exhibition is open daily between 10am and 5pm (excluding a couple of days between November 24th to 26th when it closes). It will show in the Sewell Centre Gallery until 11th December.
This year’s Winter Show at the Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley College sees the coming together of three very distinctive artists. East Anglian potter Angela Mellor will be exhibiting alongside North Oxford painter Marie Boyle and East Oxford artist Jonathan Shapley.
Marie Boyle was born in France and studied painting in Paris and England. A member of the Oxford Art Society and the Penwith Society of Artists in St Ives, Marie is interested in shapes, colours and texture. Her focus is on still life in the style of William Scott and Giorgio Morandi, but her inspiration is drawn from memory rather than observation. Growing up in house full of ancient artefacts (her father was a passionate archaeologist) she says that she loves primitive art for its ‘simple eloquence’. The Japanese "Wabi Sabi" philosophy,with its appreciation of the beauty in imperfection, plays a major role in Boyle’s practice. She is a firm believer that ‘the layers, the rhythm, the accident and the suggestion, all have their place. Each picture should become a visual poem.’ As a child, her ambition was ‘to discover a new colour, never seen before’ and this ambition lives on today in Boyle’s painting.
In contrast Ely based potter Angela Mellor is compelled to work with porcelain and bone china paperclay. The opportunity to do research in Tasmania in 1997 led to her creating a type of paperclay. ‘By exploring its whiteness and translucency I was able to articulate my fascination with the distinctive qualities of light found there, being so close to the Antartic.’ Further work and travel in the bright sunlight of Western Australia made a great impact on her work and recent years have seen Mellor collaborating with lighting engineers to research the translucency of bone china.This collaboration has resulted is several series including ‘Coastal Light’, ‘Spray’ and ‘Sculptural Light’- now on display in the Sewell Centre Gallery. These pieces have been hand built using bone china paperclay and are inspired by observations of nature and particularly exotic flora and fauna.
East Oxford artist Jonathan Shapley employs a variety of media including photography and paint applied to a range of supports, normally two-dimensional, and including canvas, board and aluminium. Shapley’s work is informed by sociological and political concerns and arises from an urban setting. Shapley says that ‘Recent work has been concerned with public (or semi-public) spaces, how we use them, how we are allowed to use them and the appropriation of such spaces. This in turn has led to questions reflecting on the way in which public spaces might reflect our political and economic situations, and how we (users of spaces) accept or tolerate the conditions that are put upon us if we wish to use them.’