Art Showcase: Are picks from the Devon’s art world

PUBLISHED: 12:12 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 16 February 2015

Common Ground

Common Ground


Arts Editor CAROL BURNS with her pick of the latest exhibitions and news from Devon’s thriving art world

John Hurford : JennyJohn Hurford : Jenny

The Gaze

Jenny by John Hurford

Artist John Hurford has turned his talents to focusing on women artists in his new collection of more than 20 portraits which makes up the show Artist as Muse at Barnstaple’s White Moose.

Hurford is well-known for his contribution to the 1960s psychedelic art movement and is his recognisable flower paintings. His new show features portraits of artists from the North Devon area including photographers, painters and ceramacists at all stages of their careers from students to those with an international standing.

Hurford says of his work: “I had painted my wife, Jane, many times and although she didn’t mind my ‘realistic’ portraits of her, they put off many possible subjects. So I came up with the idea of painting women artists, who, as artists, would understand what I was trying to do.’

Information: John Hurford is on display 6 February - 27 March 2015 at White Moose Trinity Street Barnstaple EX32 8HX

Common Ground 7 March to 22 April

Common Ground looks at two contemporary landscape artists. Danny Holmes-Adams was a university student on a painting trip to Dartmoor, when Trevor Felcey, his teacher, opened his eyes to profound ways of seeing and evoking the landscape. In this show Trevor presents the act of refining an idea with exploratory drawings and paintings, while Danny’s paintings show nature in her wildness, his subject is the final glow of dusk, created from fleeting memories or moments; rekindled, made alive and immortalised in paint. Green Hill Arts Gallery, Fore Street, Moretonhampstead

Shifting Tides - Lyn Whiteman

10-15 March

Landscape, seascape, abstract and floral paintings by Lyn Whiteman, a contemplative painter with a concern for light, colour and intensity.

Harbour House, The Promenade
Kingsbridge TQ7 1JD.

Artist Reflections: Polly Morgan

To 31 March

This is the first of four artists’ responses to RAMM’s collections. Polly Morgan’s You Are Here is on display. Polly studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, and over the past ten years she has played with taxidermy traditions, creating unsettling sculptures that question our often sentimentalised view of the natural world.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street Exeter EX4 3RX.

Project Lydos
To 15 March
This exhibition features more than 50 oil paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz’s pupil Louise Courtnell. Originally from Plymouth, Louise Courtnell is a full-time figurative painter, living and working at Whitsand Bay, South-East Cornwall. In 2003 she began Project Lydos, a series of paintings of two generations of local people from the nearby twin fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, all born between 1910 and 1944. 
Hannahs at Seale Hayne Howton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ.

Laure Bury

13-22 March

West country artist, Laure Bury, based in Mary Tavy, is known for her vibrant landscapes, seascapes and colour compositions with butterflies. 
Her new collection of paintings is inspired by the colours of Dartmoor, the Cornish and Devon coastlines, as well as her garden in Mary Tavy.

Mount Kelly
Tavistock PL19 0HZ. 01822 810576

Earn art miles

The free Plymouth Artory app, which allows its users to collect art miles, has been unveiled. This city-wide initiative is designed to tell visitors about culture in Plymouth. Art Miles® are earned by visiting venues and leaving feedback. These can be exchanged at participating venues for drinks, discounts and VIP events.

Open for entries

Plymouth’s £4.2m Ocean Studios have opened their doors for prospective residents. Ocean Studios is a 1,906 square metre transformative studio and gallery development space which will be home to more than 30 individual and shared studios as well as hot desking space, specialist workshops, exhibition, retail and education space.

Coming up

The countdown has begun for the Art Trek open studios in North Devon. The studios will be open from 23 May and will provide an opportunity to see into the normally private studios of a huge variety of artists taking part and showing in some unusual venues including one artist’s studio on a barge in Chivenor. See our May issue for our pick of some of the best.

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