Four Artists, One Barn
Join us for an exciting exhibition featuring local & established artists, Nick Hebditch, Deborah Tompsett, Andrew Milne & William Papworth.
The art on display will be a direct response to the Sussex landscape and seasons through the medium of paintings and ceramics. All pieces for sale.
The artists explore our connection with the countryside, remembered from past walks and encountered afresh with each new season. The hopeful new life of spring and summer’s swaying grasses and hedgerows are inevitably replaced by autumn’s textures, long shadows and then the stark contrasts of winter light in the patchwork of fields and woods. It is this ongoing cycle of nature’s visual feast which he strives to capture and bring to our notice.
The cafe will be open alongside the exhibition but closed 1st – 3rd April. The exhibition will be open throughout.
Andrew has lived in Sussex his whole life, from early years in Clapham village and more recently on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
His bold, contemporary paintings are inspired by the natural landscape around him; the tranquillity and isolation found in its rural spaces and the patterns and colours imposed on it by agriculture and the effect of the changing seasons.
Andrew’s direct, immersive paintings often make a deep connection with the viewer, leading them into the Sussex landscapes that they know and love by heart.
Deborah Tompsett is a Sussex-based artist whose work encompasses ceramics, sculpture and painting.
Her personal artwork explores her engagement with the world and the people around her – their contribution often extending and enriching the narrative of each piece.
Deborah embraces the ‘accidental’ and experimental in the process of making art and uses the visual and tactile language of texture, colour, and light, to explore the idea of ‘the poetry of living space‘ (Mary Abbott).
A particular installation, ‘Seasons’ will be exhibited with four different pieces, ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’. Deborah made a brush mark for each minute passed within a year.
Fluorescent yellow and titanium white acrylic paint was used in each painting, plus four other different chosen for each season. The natural world informed the colour and feel of the paintings.
Working largely in oils, Nick avoids a slavish photographic representation, enjoying the possibilities of mark making, surface textures and abstract qualities that are encountered through the act of painting.
His focus is to capture the feeling and emotion of a place, whilst depicting the interplay between light, land, water and sky. Apart from a wealth of rich subject matter near his home near the South Downs, he enjoys painting views of London, upland Britain and a growing fascination with coastal scenery.
Most of William’s work is hand thrown on a potter’s wheel, creating one-off and repeated forms that reflect my appreciation of simple, ergonomic design. Features like comfort and practicality are of fundamental importance; the way a mug feels in your hands means as much to him as how it looks.
The various glazes William uses all share a natural and subdued palette, and he is particularly interested in ash-based glazes. The subtle alchemy and huge diversity of organic ashes present endless possibilities, and he has been developing an ongoing series exploring a range of beautiful and intriguing surfaces.