Saturday, 28 May 2011

New York artist Bill Jacklin at Budleigh's Brook Gallery

Bill Jacklin's Man with dog, NYC
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the strange link between Budleigh Salterton and the American town of Brewster, Massachusetts. So it somehow seems appropriate that the Brook Gallery should be featuring the work of an artist who's at home on both sides of the Atlantic.

This is what the Brook Gallery tells us about their latest exhibition:

Bill Jacklin RA, distinguished British artist and New York resident, will be showcasing his work at The Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton, from 22 May to 14 June 2011, in an evocative and moving exhibition, entitled ‘The Lightness of Being’.

Aptly named, the exhibition showcases Bill Jacklin’s etchings and monotypes redolent of urban life, coupled with a magical quality, both in form and production. His work appears to provide a history behind the images, which fuel the imagination and cleverly allow you to develop a story that appeals -a snapshot on urban life and an insight into another’s life. Bill Jacklin’s work appears preoccupied with the effects of light and movement and this dream-like quality has led to the worldwide celebration of his work.

Initially concerned with abstraction, his work evolved to figuration in the mid 1970s when he became absorbed with light on surfaces, moving and still. Since moving to New York in 1985, Bill Jacklin has concentrated on painting 'Urban Portraits' of 'the city' in all its guises, a city that could be in any country, at any time, but the quality of his pieces and the skill used to perfect his art is undeniable. The Brook is delighted to be hosting such an exciting exhibition and to welcome him back from such a city to the epitome of the English seaside.

The Brook continues to impress with a schedule to include a major restrospective celebrating the Brook’s permanent exhibition of Royal Academician’s work including Chris Orr, Eileen Cooper, Norman Ackroyd with the new Contemporary Collection showing works by Trevor Price, Mychael Barrett, Martin Langford, Kathleen Caddick, Sonja Rollo and Susie Perring.

Bill Jacklin RA joined the team at the Brook Gallery for the preview of his show on Saturday 21 May, which features new monotypes being exclusively shown at the Brook and at the RA Summer Exhibition 2011.

The Brook Gallery is at Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NE
Tel: 01395 443 003 Email:

Open 10.30am to 5pm, closed Sunday mornings and Mondays

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