Friday, 20 July 2012

Stephen Chambers RA at the Brook with A Survey Show

 The Art of War

 Budleigh's Brook Gallery is now, like Fairlynch Museum, a member of the recently launched Budleigh in Business group. Owner Angela Yarwood and her team have been busy with further exhibitions. Along with the town's festivals, events at the Fore Street gallery are making it an increasingly lively hub of the arts in East Devon. 

Internationally celebrated artist Stephen Chambers RA joined the team at the Brook to launch his solo show on Saturday 14 July. The exhibition runs until 21 August 2012.

The Professor

Trained at Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art, Stephen Chambers was elected a Royal Academician in 2005.   He has held solo and group shows in galleries across the world including a large retrospective in the Frissars Museum, Athens in 2002.  Of note is his collaboration on three dance projects with the Royal Ballet: Sleeping with Audrey, Room of Cooks and This House Will Burn.

During the show, Stephen was able to elaborate on his major new project - a ground-breaking 70+ panel composition to be hung in the Royal Academy of Arts later this year.

"Stephen’s work is strong and beautiful, fascinating and intelligent, revealing some of the more interesting aspects of life not always recognised," reads the catalogue.  Although his style is seemingly narrative, Chambers notes ‘they are caught moments’ where generally his composition 'speaks of states of mind, behaviours and sensibilities’.   The work is instantly recognizable from its intense colours and clean lines, often using intricate patterns borrowed from Japanese screens."

The Moon is down

"In this exhibition I am keen to illustrate the full extent of Stephen’s artistic vocabulary.  Working with him has been an absolute pleasure," said Angela Yarwood.

"Representing an artist of Stephen’s calibre is a huge responsibility. It is my aim to reference Stephen’s expansive repertoire of printmaking media, books and paint, with their powerful and often unusual colour combinations - a show which is guaranteed to excite the mind and refresh the spirit!"   

The team at the Brook was delighted to welcome Mayor Courtney Richards and his wife on the evening of the preview. Photos of the event are below.

Joss & Darren Salter with Pene and Mark Duffelen

Angela Yarwood, Mayor Courtney Richards, Stephen Chambers,  and Pauline Richards

Chrissie Parrott, Fay & Harry Carter and & Tim Parrott

Richard & Judy Frazer-Axten and Adam Cox

Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Tel: 01395 443 003
Open 10.30am to 5pm, closed Sunday mornings and Mondays

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