This April, White Moose brings together the works of painter Paul Jones and ceramicist Nigel Eveleigh in the exhibition Diverse Connections; an exploration of the ever-changing relationship between the shoreline and the sea. The theme of this exhibition, unexpectedly topical because of the recent dramatic changes to the South West’s coastal landscape brought about by a number of storms, has been a long-term source of inspiration for each artist in their own unique way.
Especially since moving to the South West, Nigel Eveleigh has been fascinated by the elements of nature and time that create the journey of erosion by age and decay. His individual clay figurines, vessels, pots, bowls and non-functional sculptures are hand built and fired to a low temperature before being fired again in a brick kiln. His work often incorporates reclaimed iron and oak and is coloured with natural and unpredictable resources such as oxides, plants, sawdust and straw.
Taught by painters Adrian Heath, Robyn Denny, Howard Hodgkin as well as potter James Tower whilst studying at Bath Academy of Art, Paul Jones developed his unique style of bringing ceramic techniques to the painting process. Pushing paint to its limits through burning, cutting, marking and sanding it after each application before combining it with other media, he produces complex textures reminiscent of ancient sea erosions and rock formations.
‘This is an art respectful of the geography of remarkable places, often at the edge of cliff and sea, windswept in its mood. Its place is within a British neo-romantic tradition of painting, as its best when it hovers between representation and abstraction.’ Professor Simon Olding, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, on Paul Jones
Exhibition: Diverse Connections
Gallery: White Moose
Dates: Fri 4 Apr to Sat 17 May 2014
Times: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Private View (by invitation): Thu 3 Apr, 6pm – 9pm
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