The Hidden View
1st - 19th October
Three accomplished Devon artists, Rosemary Bonney, Ann Chester King and Diana Booth, come together to show their latest work of contrasting, harmonising and distinctive styles featuring the Devon landscape. Painting together for a number of years and the three have become close friends through their shared passion for the natural world. Though each has exhibited widely, this exhibition will uniquely be the first time they have brought their work together in a single show.
All drawn in their individual ways to the secluded, often unseen and wilder areas of the Devon landscape, works capture views across barren and beautiful moorland or to the rocky shorelines of the dramatic coast and the sea beyond. Through their shared passion for nature and these hidden landscapes, the exhibition promises to offer a harmonious collection of works, that nonetheless respond to the natural world in a diverse contemporary and painterly manner.
October 4th 18:00-20:00
Meet Ann, Rosemary and Diana to discuss their work at our Artist Preview event in October, an early chance to view the exhibition.
Rosemary is a landscape painter living on the edge of Dartmoor and working from her studio in the village of Holne and was runner up for the Devon Life landscape artist of the year in 2018.
The Dartmoor landscape is her passion. Being close to this wild and spiritual place gives her endless inspiration and has enabled here to merge her love of art and the natural world. She seeks out unusual subjects and is attracted to the wilder areas of the moor and to the fleeting moods and light changes that the unpredictable weather brings. She is particularly drawn to the ancient sites such as the stone rows and circles that reflect the moor’s history but also to the gentler parts of the landscape with its intricate patterns of hedged or stonewalled fields, juxtaposed with bleak moorland, tumbling rivers and rocky tors.
She also paints the more intimate aspects of the landscape, namely seasonal wild flowers resplendent in their profusion, as well as seascapes inspired by the beautiful coastline of the British Isles and impressions from further afield.
Oils, acrylics and mixed media are her preferred materials. The choice of medium is dictated by the subject matter and the effect she wants to create. Some paintings have been developed using acrylic paints and may involve texture paste and found materials such as moorland grasses and sand. Supplementary oil pastels, pens and pencils may be used additionally to achieve the desired effect. In other paintings she uses oils to develop an image by superimposing translucent glazes of paint to produce a luminous and semi abstract painting. Colour is important to her and she enjoys finding new ways of expressing the essence of the landscape with the use of colour.
Rosemary prefers a ‘hands on’ approach using palette knives, rollers, fingers, rags, sponges, sticks and any implement that achieves the purpose but also uses brushes when appropriate.
Living next to the River Dart between the stunning coastline and the amazing expanse of open landscape that is Dartmoor, Ann Chester King arguably lives in one of the most wonderful places to be a painter. Having always painted, a move to Devon twelve years ago caused two factors to influence the nature of her work and change her relationship with the landscape. Firstly, in becoming the owner of two rather enthusiastic lurchers, and secondly, a move to spending many hours on the Dart in a small boat.
Being immersed in the landscape has influenced and developed her approach to painting. “I have been moving from the more representative to the more abstract. I will make studies whilst out often in a short time (lurchers tend to be impatient of artistic endeavours). A great advantage of such an approach is it facilitates recording the aspect you were drawn to and abstracting what it is you most want to say and express. Important as drawing and sketches are so are the written notes on colour, weather, atmosphere and how it felt to be there.”
Current landscape work could be described as abstract expressionist, painting on large canvasses in oils and also producing much smaller work on board and paper using an array of materials including watercolours, collage and inks, taking enjoyment in both the quality of marks made and the use of colour to capture the essence of a landscape balanced with the experience of having been there.
Work has recently been accepted by the Society of Woman Artists and the Royal West of England Academy.
Diana Booth has lived in the South Hams, Devon for many years. After concluding a teaching career, she returned to art with renewed vision and energy, exploring a vibrant approach to painting, the coastal areas close by with their hidden wild beaches and coves, and incredible beauty, filling her with awe and inspiration.
“Visits to my daughter in New Zealand have also provided me with amazing experiences where the wild coastlines are a wonderful stimulus to me as a painter. Whether at home or abroad the effect of constantly changing light on sea and landscapes evokes strong emotions, which I then attempt to express in my art.”
Delighting in the flexibility, malleability and rich colour of oil paint, Diana produces in a contemporary energetic style, enjoying using a palette knife and experimenting with various ways of applying the paint to achieve the desired effect: knives, brushes, rags and fingers all come into play.