Deirdre Bean, Rod Holdaway, Steve Lopes & Ian Marr

Europe is always a good idea
29 August - 7 October
Opening Saturday 2 September, 3 - 5 pm

For our artists STEVE LOPES, IAN MARR, ROD HOLDAWAY and DEIRDRE BEAN Europe has held a dominant focus in each of their practices this year. And the result is as successful and rich as expected.

With a deft hand STEVE LOPES responds emotively to his time spent travelling in Europe. Loose and free brushwork blurs the line between realism and abstraction in his poignant en plein air works. Travelling through multiple countries, variations of colour palette and subject change the mood subtly, deepening our experience of the European landscape.

Working with watercolour DEIRDRE BEAN distils her experience into memory laden still lifes. Delicately composed and carefully researched, she creates unlikely, yet considered pairings of symbolic objects that evoke poetic narratives from her travels along the Western Front.

IAN MARR'S colour palette seems very much at home in the European landscape. Working with golden hues, deep blues and greens he creates works of tonal graduations of oil upon copper. What strikes true is his eye for the changing light the landscape, captured with hints of copper glinting through.

Situating himself in France as his place of inspiration, ROD HOLDAWAY embraced the energy and heat of a Parisian summer. Working en plein air with pastel on paper, as well as pen on ipad drawings he challenged himself to respond to such an iconic city of structures. Filled with light and movement there is a rawness that is as fresh as the artist's first encounter with them.

View exhibition | Exhibition catalogue

Annabel Butler, Di Holdsworth & Liz Shreeve

10 October - 4 November
Opening Saturday 14 October, 3 - 5 pm View exhibition | Exhibition catalogue

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