A brand new exhibition featuring the latest work from local artists Bruce Bond and Elizabeth Leach.
Gallery open: Monday - Saturday, 9-1, 2-5
BRUCE BOND - oil paintings
'Work, be it a landscape, portrait or still-life, starts with a series of close observations. Years of life-drawing have been a help… a hard task-master but a good servant, it takes no prisoners. The challenge is not just in representing a likeness, but also in the dialogue with composition and tone. And then there’s the narrative and ‘painting the moment’, when all moments are, by definition, transitory. I usually work concurrently on several paintings. Occasionally these evolve into a triptych which can continue a theme, examine separate related elements, or allow a narrative to develop. Commissions are always welcomed.'
Paintings are all in oil and on canvas or primed board. Paints are either W&N Artists or Cranfield Artists. Frames by Garry Bevan : Taunton Picture Framing Centre, West Hatch
ELIZABETH LEACH - textiles and mixed media
Liz retired from teaching after 36 years in December. Since then she has been completely immersed in making artwork and exploring different ways of working.
Over the years she has always kept a sketchbook and her current work is about recording special moments from travelling in Europe. Whether travelling with her family or on her annual European break with her Mum she would visit capital cities and their art collections (a love of art history was founded whilst she was at Cambridge). Telling a personal story about a place - its light, its atmosphere is what is important in these works irregardless of the media.
Liz also believes that artwork should be accessible to all. So other work is about producing drawings to order - currently capturing the personality of family pets on paper. Many animals now have a social media account and the challenge for Liz is to capture the character of the animals she is working on for their owners.
Keen to embrace a mixed media approach to work some work is three dimensional or has a three dimensional aspect to it. The creation of textural surfaces has always been key and textiles is an area of infinite inspiration to Liz. Whether capturing a character or making a fabric to use for a figure, the excitement comes from problem solving and refining to produce an effective piece of work.