|16th February - 16th March|
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 5 Collage
Manners is a painter, printmaker and curator. Born in Gosport in 1964,
he studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. He
has been making paintings for over 3 decades and achieved early
recognition with a London exhibition shortly after graduating in 1985.
In 2002-3 Robert attended the University of West of England in Bristol
where he gained an MA in multi-disciplinary printmaking which has
shaped his practice ever since. Robert has been a Director and Tutor at
Spike Island Print Studio, Bristol since 2005 and runs screen printing
classes and workshops from his studio in Ashburton.
exhibition is the culmination of several years work exploring the
traditions of British seascape painting and finding new ways of
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 10 - Destination Out
father was a Naval Marine engineer and submariner working
in dockyards such as the Portsmouth Naval Base and Faslane in
Scotland. Later in his career he oversaw many large scale refits
of Naval ships.
This is the environment that Robert became
familiar with, and fascinated by. The immense physical presence of
ships, submarines and navigational buoys together with other
engineering and coastal motifs such as dilapidated fishing vessels
(endlessly repaired and re-painted) harbour constructions, sea walls
and Napoleonic Forts have all contributed to the style of imagery and
recurring subjects that appear in Robert’s work.
Gallery Talk: Robert will be giving a talk about his work on Sunday 2nd March at 6.30pm. Booking in advance is essential.
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 5 Print
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 7 Mixed Media
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 7 Print
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 6
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 2 Study
Robert Manners in his studio.
explains: "Seascape Refit is an ongoing series of work through which I
am exploring the renewal of the seascape tradition.
British Seascape and the British Modernist Painting tradition of
seascapes has long been of interest to me along with the question of
where did that tradition go?
influences from artists of this time it is equally important for me to
look for new ways to expand an old theme by drawing on wider and more
contemporary ideas in art and to make work in that context.
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 9 Study
important as ‘the subject matter’ of the work is (the seascape), the
assembly of the work has also, in many ways, become the subject matter.
This is influenced by the experience of the physical components of the
sea and seascape, boats and harbours, and in particular navigational
buoys and dockyard paraphernalia. Not an attempt to reproduce any of
these things; rather to use their colour and texture, their physicality
and the engineered nature of their form to explore this tradition."
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 6 Collage
Robert Manners: Seascape Refit 14 Collage