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30 July to 16 August 2016


EXPRESSION brings together the work of veteran painters’ John Hubbard and Patrick Jones and the ceramicist Chris Prindl.

They all have connections to the USA and currently live in the South West of England.

The paintings in the exhibtion evoke the essence of coastal waters and although they were produced many decades apart they are united by a shared experience and cultural influences.

John Hubbard

John Hubbard was born in Connecticut, USA in 1931, he read English at Harvard before going to Japan, where he served in the United States army. In 1956 he studied at the Art Students League, New York and at Provincetown, Massachusetts with Hans Hofman. He has lived in Dorset since 1961, and his work can be found in major public collections worldwide.

Since the 60’s Hubbard has concentrated on a kind of painting which goes beyond the depiction of appearance, alluding to natural forms, to the rhythms of growing things and recreating the experience of being in a particular place.

This selection of paintings were produced between 2001 and 2002. 'Foaming' has never reached the eyes of an audience outside the studio, so a rare opportunity for Hubbard aficionados.

Open 10:30am-4:30pm each day

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones was born in England in 1948, and studied at Exeter, Gloucestershire and Birmingham Colleges of Art, before taking a Masters in Fine Art at the Maryland Institute in the United States. He now lives and works from his Devon studio and continues to exhibit internationally.

In 1982 he took part in the Triangle Workshops in New York and was chosen by Clement Greenberg for the Triangle New York exhibition, meeting and
working alongside Larry Poons, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski and many other influential artists.

This collection of paintings are part of a series produced in his London studio in 1982, directly after the Triangle Workshop. They are an expression of being in the visible world, subconscious images and experiences filtering through to the canvas.
They were exhibited in 1983 in Greenwich to a distinguished audience including Sir Anthony Caro, John Hoyland and Clement Greenberg.
The majority of paintings from this period are now in private collections worldwide.

EXPRESSION has been devised especially for Town Mill Gallery by Deborah Wood from The Art Room.

Wood is an experienced arts professional who has been facilitating exhibitions in the South West since 1989 when she was Manager of Spacex Gallery, Exeter. The Art Room was opened in 2008 and gained a reputation for high quality exhibitions by leading artists/educators with links to the region. Wood currently operates as an independent curator and web based gallery.

The Town Mill Gallery is run by a membership organisation founded in 2010, and provides an accessible exhibition space for local artists and makers.

Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis

Chris Prindl

American ceramicist Chris Prindl was born in Frankfurt in 1968, he has lived in Sussex and Japan, moving to Cornwall 20 years ago.

Chris 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.

Over the last decade his work has developed in many directions. At the same time as making increasingly monumental bowls, jars and Moon Jars of late, he has produced the finest pieces in porcelain. These delicate bowls, dressed in their tantalizing glazes are a feature of the exhibition.

2nd May to 2nd August 2015

Benedict Rubbra - 'Eye to Image'

Benedict Rubbra: A Curtain of Rain

The Art Room in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter, to be held in Gallery 21.

RAMM is open 10am-5pm, Tues to Sunday.

Benedict Rubbra: Autumn Cry

This is the first major exhibition dedicated to this Devon-based artist’s search for a harmonious relationship between form, colour and light. Paintings and drawings spanning four decades trace the development of his singular technique.

The works all originate from three-dimensional forms constructed from various materials such as paper and card or wire and wood. Vibrant shapes of light are then projected onto these forms creating unexpected spaces and colours, tones and shadows. Changed lighting transforms the object’s appearance allowing the creation of further paintings and drawings from a single form.

Benedict Rubbra: Death of Actaeon,
after Titian

Benedict Rubbra: Morning Birdsong

Benedict Rubbra: Tranquility

“The essential concerns that underlie my work are the cyclical processes that link genesis, decay and regeneration. From early youth to maturity I have been acutely aware of art’s kinship with nature and see all of us as part of the natural cycle and the process of growth."

His publications are: Painting Children, for the Herbert Press 1993, Benedict Rubbra, paintings 1958-1998, published for his sixtieth birthday retrospective exhibition at the Buckinghamshire Art Gallery and County Museum, and Benedict Rubbra Point of Balance, for Halstar publications in 2008. His paintings can be seen in private and public collections in this country and in Italy.

Wednesday 20th May, 1pm-2pm

Lunchtime Lecture

'The Search for Order' - To be held in Gallery 20 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. £8 (£6 cons).

Bookings: 01392 265858 or

YouTube Video series - number 4

Benedict Rubbra explains his approach: inspired by Florentine renaissance artists, searching for a balance between form, colour and light, using his own unusual technique.

Click HERE for the link to videos 1-4


Benedict Rubbra: Bees and Cornflowers

Benedict Rubbra: Cappella Pazzi

Benedict Rubbra: Homage to Fra Angelico

Benedict Rubbra: Pienza

Born in 1938, Benedict studied at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex then at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1958 until 1960. After ten years teaching in art schools, he was able to devote all his time to painting. He built his own studio and gallery in the Chiltern Hills, holding exhibitions of his new work every two years.

The core of Benedict’s work since 1980 has centred on developing a process of making three dimensional structures based on ideas principally drawn from the landscape and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. These structures become the starting point for his paintings.

Benedict Rubbra: Saint Jerome and
a Lion, after Carpaccio

Benedict Rubbra: Two Hills

“In mid career, dissatisfied with the conventional ways of depicting space, I began to construct my own three-dimensional forms in which my subconscious and chaotic ideas could develop. These constructions became subjects for me to paint, and through the process of painting them I was able to take control over my chaotic and creative ideas. I had found my personal voice, allowing the cell of an idea to develop as if it had a life of its own. The challenge was to be in control and yet be in a state where the subconscious is given free range.

Wednesday 10th June, 1pm-2pm

Gallery Conversation

The Art Room in partnership with RAMM, to be held in Gallery 21. £8 (£6 cons).

Bookings: 01392 265858 or

Benedict Rubbra: Dancing to a trumpet, after Della Robbia

Benedict Rubbra: Dancing to a trumpet, pencil

Benedict Rubbra: Massacre of the Innocents, after Fra Angelico

Benedict Rubbra: Reassembled Landscape

Benedict Rubbra: Sunlit Tree

He concluded a parallel and successful career in portraiture in 2001 when he moved to Devon. Notable commissions include HRH the Prince of Wales for the Fishmongers’ company, Sir Colin Davis, Lord Hailsham, Lord Simon for BP and Sir Peter Burt for the Bank of Scotland.