With all the turbulence of 2020, we consciously left the design of our marketing literature until quite late. It now seems that our sixth sense paid off, as just as we were about to press the button to dispatch the artwork to the printers, the COVID restrictions tightened. And Cornwall was thrust into Tier 3. A full lockdown unfortunately followed, bringing with it devastating complications for our exhibiting artists.
We had selected January as the perfect month to showcase the collections of three inspiring local artists who are tentatively starting to make headway as professional artists...
Currently in the process of collating his portfolio for his graduation from Falmouth School of Art, Moy Weston is an Art and Design student who specialises in fine art. Moy's collection of oil paintings and monotype prints have a dramatic tone which resonate perfectly with the harrowing events of 2020. His delicate studies of bird skeletons compelling draw attention to the aesthetic beauty of nature's decay and the thin bridge between life and death.
Our second emerging artist Helen Trevaskis graduated from Falmouth's renowned Illustration BA in the summer of 2020. Helen is an artist, illustrator and writer with a love of storytelling, experimental image-making and more challenging topics. Her collection of monoprints which should have gone on show in January were created in 2019, inspired by Mumbai, a city she has visited many times over the last 20 years. Helen is loved and respected within the cornish artistic community for her tireless work with the St Petrocs Charity and dedication to fundraising for the homeless. The primary organiser of Street Draw 24, Helen has been uniting artists in St Ives and Falmouth since 2018.
Ben King was supposed to be our third featured local artist of the month. Based in Falmouth Ben King studied at the University of Ulster Ireland before moving to Cornwall. Like his life, his work changes and varies with different experiences. A reflection on what he sees or wants to see; Ben continuously gathers images from various media. He prefers to work from photos or drawings and plays around with different mark-making techniques to let imaginative abstract ideas emerge on his canvases. His paintings are built up in layers with semi-transparent paint using lots of gloss to give his work a rich, vibrant look.
Both Ben and Moy's work can be seen and purchased online while the gallery is closed. However, we have managed to squeeze Helen into our exhibitors' schedule for two weekends beginning on the 25th of November with a private view.
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