Tuesday, 1 June 2010

June at the Brook

'Distant Hills' by Kathleen Caddick

Hot on the heels of the Brook’s highly successful Frost exhibition, the town's busiest gallery is set to give us what they call "a blockbuster of a British summer" with three major events, starting with the current show featuring works by Kathleen Caddick, Heidi Koenig and Sir Peter Blake.

"Although born in Liverpool, Kathleen spent her childhood in Buckinghamshire where the beech woods and far reaching views across the Chiltern Hills must have subconsciously implanted her love of trees," says the Gallery. "Kathleen's vision of landscape is the subject matter of her work expressing feelings of space, peace and tranquility through her use of muted colours. We have displayed work now for many years and she remains one of our most popular artists." More information is at http://www.brookgallery.co.uk/artist.php?arid=18

'Barefoot on the Grass' by Heidi Koenig

"Heidi Koenig was brought up and educated in Germany but was first introduced to printing through her grandfather who produced many woodcuts and linocuts. As a child she was fascinated with the various printing techniques and all the different tools that were used but today she works on her own prints in a very spontaneous way, using the etching plate as a drawing board, and then colouring every print by hand with many of the key details being added after they have been through the press. Her monotypes, etchings and paintings can be found in public and private collections all over the world. Click on http://www.brookgallery.co.uk/search.php?artist=18co.uk/search.php?artist=18 for more information.

'I Love You' (Black) by Peter Blake

"Born in Dartford, Peter Blake graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1956. Blake's early work is dominated by two major subjects: fantastic scenes from the world of the circus and naturalistic paintings with autobiographic elements. In style and content both types of pictures paved the way for English Pop Art. The cover design for the Beatles album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967) was one of his first successes.

In 1975 Blake was one of the founding members of the 'Brotherhood of Ruralists'. His imagery changed under the influence of this group of artists which further developed the combination of sophistication and naivity, typical of Blake's style today; childhood memories, fairy tales and elves, depicted in realistic style using techniques of the old masters, became his favourite subjects. Nowhere was this made so clear than at his enormously successful retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London." http://www.brookgallery.co.uk/artist.php?arid=11

"In contrast with Kathleen’s intricate landscapes of muted colours and sepia tones, Heidi’s evocative and fluid abstracts juxtapose with Sir Peter Blake’s iconic use of popular culture, " says the Brook Gallery. "It’s an eclectic combination that spans the decade and starts the summer off in style."

Heidi Koenig, Sir Peter Blake and Kathleen Caddick: 27 May to 28 June 2010
The Gallery is open 10.30am to 5.00pm, closed Sunday mornings
Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NH
Call 01395 443 003 or email art@brookgallery.co.uk

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