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The programme for 2014 is extraordinarily excellent, with many senior and important artists exhibiting their work in this unique regional gallery.

30th March to 27th April
Philip Clayton - Paintings


Philip Clayton: After the Storm

Philip Clayton was born in Wiltshire (1960) and trained at Central St, Martins, London. He has combined his life as a painter with a long career in art education, and until recently was Head of Art at Yeovil college in Somerset. Philip has exhibited regularly in London, the South West and the former Soviet Union.

Painting in a direct and spontaneous manner, verging towards abstraction, his work is an immediate response to the visual world.

Philip says: “The most important thing is to be able to relate instinctively to ones surroundings and by working directly in front of the subject in all weathers makes for the perfect challenge. My subject matter is usually landscape or buildings, the quiet kind, the kind you often miss, but by looking, and looking again, the true beauty of an ordinary scene evolves during the process of painting. I am a colourist -that’s what it is all about for me - colour and marks and recording the essence of what may or may not be there tomorrow.”



Philip Clayton: Le Peumochat Maison Nanette


Philip Clayton: Low Tide


Philip Clayton: Red Parasols, Old Town Square




Philip Clayton: Chateau Guillaume


Philip Clayton: Bath


Philip Clayton: Evening Light from The Cobb


Philip Clayton: Horse Guards Parade



Philip Clayton: La Vienne


Philip Clayton: Le Patron


Philip Clayton: Summer Crop









30th March to 27th April
Chris Prindl – Ceramics



American ceramicist Chris Prindl was born in Frankfurt(1968) and now lives and works in Cornwall where he teaches Japanese at Penrice College.

Prindl first started making pots in 1987 with Toshiko Takaezu while at Princeton University. After graduating he went to Japan as an apprentice with Takao Okazaki in Yamagata. He lived and worked with the Okazakis for 2 years and was introduced to many Japanese ceramic techniques and styles. It was here that he honed the skills to express his Japanese sensitivity with clay and where he first came across firing with wood which has remained a passion ever since.

Chris explains: “Trebyan Forge, near Lanhydrock House in Cornwall, has been my fantastic workshop since early 2000, and over the last decade my work has expanded in many directions. At the same time as making increasingly monumental bowls and jars, I have been working on the finest possible pieces in porcelain - power and delicacy. I have spent many hours and firings testing and researching a plethora of glazes, which has allowed me to develop an unusually wide palette for my pots.”





Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 6 Collage


Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 14 Collage


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