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The gift of giving

The gift of giving

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill ...   Just as the lockdown ends, we are at last allowed to embrace the season of giving. Thankfully most of us have turned our back on the big commercial giants this year in favour of supporting our local shops and suppliers. The painful struggle that many small shopkeepers have had to endure after four months of closure as a non-essential shop has left them teetering on the ridge of survival. So everything we can do to keep our high streets alive...

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Fiesta time

Fiesta time

This Christmas we are bringing some colour and joy to the gallery with a delicious selection of vibrant work from the renowned abstract artist Ashley Hanson and fiesta-themed crockery supplied by our stockists snowbunting.  Ashley's work is vivid and exciting. His abstract paintings use colour to create contrast, tension and arouse emotion. Inspired by his painting course in the beautiful Old Lifeboat House studio in Porthleven, Ashley's work typically starts with a drawing session before the sketches were abstracted and worked up with collage and colour into templates for his paintings. The result is a contrast of thick and thin paint where layers...

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Artists furry friends

Artists furry friends

Every artist should have a dog to walk the landscape whilst seeking inspiration. Surprisingly despite having four artists in the building until now, none have a furry companion to bring into the studios.  So let me introduce Sandy, our new studio and gallery dog. A medium-sized, sweet-natured Romanian rescue dog of unknown parentage she has already stolen the hearts of the studio residents and visitors to the gallery. We are unique in having a hairy friend to keep us company in the long hours while we paint art history is littered with famous four-legged companions. Henri Matisse had two cats,...

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Harnessing emotion to create great art

Harnessing emotion to create great art

I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way – things I had no words for.     Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. She is renowned for her contribution to modern art and was no stranger to the strong emotions which often fuelled her best pieces. Dali, Munch, Van Gogh and Picasso all produced strong imagery from dark periods in their lives. A subject which has been researched by many who have documented that sadness links emotion with cognition and initiates more detail-oriented work. Or...

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Our amazing creative residents 

Our amazing creative residents 

It's been a busy weekend so far, and we are looking forward to many more visitors in the coming week for the Open Studios Cornwall event.  Most of our guests have been surprised that anything exists beyond the gallery. The labyrinth of rooms which make up the event space and studios span all three floors of the building aren’t apparent from the front of the building but are put to good use by our residents.  Our resident artists Dave, Lee and Derek beaver away behind the scenes creating masterpieces while Sam is often found hammering away at her keyboard as she...

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