Exhibition of pictures from five living artists, curated by Alan Kluckow in collaboration with Stapleford Granary.
Christopher Farrell, Nicholas Herbert, Boo Mitford, Sally Moore, William Balthazar Rose
More Info www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-overview/5-contemporary-british-artists
OPENING Sunday 4 September, 9:00am – 2:00pm, with curator Alan Kluckow
Open every day (Monday to Friday 08:30 – 4:00pm, Saturday 08:30 – 3:00pm and Sunday 9:00pm – 2:00pm)
Also open during events
Alan Kluckow writes:
‘The phrase ‘contemporary’ when used together with ‘art’ in today’s world, usually presumes we are talking about the more extreme forms of the practice, but the dictionary lists the meaning as ‘belonging to or occurring in the present’ which is a reminder that contemporary also includes large numbers of artists who work in what would be called traditional or old fashioned ways. This number has been steadily growing in recent years as young painters and sculptors return to these tried and tested ways of expressing themselves, and this exhibition showcases a small selection of paintings by 5 practitioners who use traditional methods and materials to make their art.
Boo Mitford is the only one who could easily be categorised as an abstract artist, the others fall into what we loosely call realist or representational. However, one look at the styles and techniques used by the four representational painters in this exhibition shows us how diverse a small group of realists can be.
Sally Moore and William Balthazar Rose are narrative painters, Sally using herself as the featured model in all her work to tell stories about her life, real and imagined. William invents extraordinary visual tales, almost always featuring his favourite subject – chefs.
Nicholas Herbert and Christopher Farrell are probably best described as landscape artists, but the contrast in what they have to say about this subject could not be greater. Nick uses meticulous detail and a darker palette to carefully observe the mysteries of the rural countryside, while Chris employs a much brighter and energetic approach to record the buzz of cityscapes’.
The Five Artists
William Balthazar Rose
Born in Cambridge into a family of artists, William Balthazar Rose taught at Princeton and the University of California and practised architecture before returning to Europe in the early 90s. His acclaimed series ‘Cooks’ has been collected by renowned chefs Michel Roux Jr. and Jason Atherton and is celebrated for its intrigue, symbolism and dark, macabre humour.
In 2005, Sally won the Welsh Artist of the Year award for the painstaking, detailed style of her work. Her distinctive figurative compositions are typically created with oils on synthetic board. Each painting is a mini psychological drama, often absurd, sometimes surreal and invariably humorous which Sally hopes will unsettle and amuse the viewer.
Cycling 6 hours every day between his home in Reading and his studio in London, Christopher is bombarded with lines, forms, sunrises and sunsets as he moves through the streets. Alan Kluckow describes the experience of his eclectic and abstract landscapes as being ‘transported through a futuristic world of light and shadow, catching a glimpse of the forms of the buildings around you’.
Boo Mitford is a descendant of the famous, stylish and controversial Mitford sisters. She had a very successful career as a graphic designer before returning full time to painting in 2004. With a preference for spoons over brushes and an abiding love of the ‘capricious nature’ of paint and colour, Boo is fascinated by the complexities of the human character which serve as a rich source of inspiration.
Nicholas is a mixed media artist and designer. His large and small scale landscapes have been shown throughout the UK. Since 2012 he has been developing a body of work called ‘Silent Spaces’ – small landscapes on paper informed by his personal experience of the chalk uplands of the Chiltern Hills and combining his interests in visual mark-making and history.
Alan Kluckow Fine Art – curator
Alan has spent his entire working life in the artworld; as artist, consultant, curator and gallery owner across 3 continents. He moved from the USA to the UK in 1993 to start Bonham-Kluckow Art Consultancy London. He later established Alan Kluckow Fine Art in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to promote contemporary British and International artists and collaborate with arts organisations.