Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Leamington Spa Art Gallery - some of my favourites

We went to see the Open 2022 exhibition in the Leamington Art Gallery and I took the opportunity to have another look at the permanent collection. These are some of my favourites.

Dorothea Sharp, Where Children Play and Seagulls Fly, 1924, (oil on canvas)

This is one of my favourites in the gallery and I always pop in to have a look at it. Can't really explain why: the broad brushstrokes, and the evocation of a happy and contented idyl in which the sun always shines?

Dod Procter, The Innocent, A New Day, (oil on canvas)

Procter was among the first generation of female artists that had unimpeded access to nude life drawing classes.

Edmund de Waal, water-shed, 2010, (white lacquer, wood and ceramic)

This work was commissioned for an exhibition of the same name which took place at Leamington Art Gallery in 2010. It was inspired by the history of the Royal Pump Rooms as a place where medical treatments, including hydrotherapy, were administered.

Laurence Stephen Lowry, The Mission Room, 1937, (oil on board)

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch, Winer's White Silence, 1923-24, (oil on canvas)

Kemp-Welch is known as one of the most consummate painters of horses in modern British art.

Simon Lewty, The Men Who Lie in the Road, 1991, (ink and acrylic on tissue paper)

The work was inspired by the village of Old Milverton, two miles north of Leamington Spa, which Lewty has described as marginal land, neither town or country. In Lewty's painting, recognisable areas such as barn, wall and field have been overlaid with text and inhabited by curious humanoid figures. These figures were inspired by the discarded remains of root vegetables Lewty saw strewn across the fields after the harvesting 'like figures in a battlefield'. The diagrams and text are reminiscent of ancient maps and manuscripts, their meaning at once obscure and tantalising.

Terry Frost, Sun and Boat, 1992-96, (screenprint with hand-colouring)

Terry Frost, Swing Red Newlyn, 1998, (screenprint)

Terry Frost, Untitled, 2003, (painted steel)


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