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Still-life work showcased at Jerram Gallery

— May 2014

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Ann Armitage Ode To An Apple, oil on canvas 38x36cm £1,500

Still Life and Interiors

24 May – 11 June 2014   

Fifteen artists are taking part in 'Still Life and Interiors', a biannual exhibition giving a comprehensive overview of still-life painting today at The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN from 24 May to 11 June 2014.  Most are familiar names having exhibited with the gallery and elsewhere over the years with two new faces this year, Charles Anderson and Karl Taylor.  Prices range from £750 to £3,500.

One of Scotland's most successful mural designers, Charles Anderson enjoys working on a much smaller scale with still life than the average mural commission he normally undertakes.  

'Painting still life feels akin to meditation for me, looking with intensity, my mind totally focused on the objects in front of me....' says Ann Armitage.

Vivid colours and the decorative qualities in everyday objects is what attracts Emma Dunbar to still life painting.  She aims to end up with her chosen ingredients converging to create an image that communicates the richness of the original source of inspiration.

Timothy Easton’s interiors and still life are influenced by his Suffolk house, garden, the surrounding countryside and his beloved cats.

Bryan Hanlon takes a traditional subject and composition and adds a modern interpretation in his still life paintings.

A strong emotional attachment to the domestic environment can be found in John Maddison’s interiors.  ‘An art historian turned painter, Maddison knows what he’s doing with colour’, says art critic Laura Gascoigne in Galleries, November 2009.

John Martin's interiors reflect a sense of place and atmosphere and art critic Brian Sewell said of his work, 'The gentle honesty of his observation and a technique that matches it, produce pictures without irritating mannerisms or striving effects.

Scottish artist, Jennifer Mackenzie, enjoys exploring colour and the tactile qualities of oil paint, largely through still life.

The beauty and skill of Mhairi McGregor's still life painting is manifest.  Each composition is given an immense tangibility by her strong, blocky application of paint.

A pupil of Robertson, Shanks and Rae at Glasgow School of Art, Sandy Murphy's intimate, carefully considered still life stand comparison with the best works of the Scottish masters.

Serena Rowe composes her still life from a world of colour, form and narrative in the clutter of the commonplace, be it a dead pigeon, a jug, or a tea-knife that reminds her of tea with her grandmother.

Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist of still life paintings.  Using a restricted palette she concentrates on the exploration of the compositional elements of colour, line and shape in developing the space in the picture.

In the last year, Karl Taylor has moved from traditional wildlife painting to still life.  In 1992 he  became the first wildlife artist to exhibit his work at The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery as well as exhibiting at the prestigious 'Birds in Art' exhibition in Wisconsin, USA. His composition is made up of very few objects and he solely concentrates on the form.

Jenny Wheatley’s decorative interiors and still life paintings are influenced by the early 20th-century Post-Impressionist artists with their intense strong palette.

Colour is the most important element in Welsh artist Vivienne Williams’ still life paintings of flowers, fruit, pots, jugs and bowls

The Jerram Gallery
Half Moon Street
Dorset DT9 3LN

T 01935 815261

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Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday, 9.30a.m.–5p.m.

The complete exhibition can be viewed online at The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.



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