Published: 20 November 2020

Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh are delighted to be able to hold our annual Christmas Exhibition which is a wonderful opportunity to show paintings and sculpture by over 25 different artists, both old and new, connected to the gallery from  the 20th and 21st Century. In a time when going to a public exhibition or art gallery is more of a challenge than usual we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity to view online a large variety of artwork to enjoy and buy.   We are hoping that lockdown will be lifted by the 3rd December so that viewing will be possible in the gallery. 

Among the highlights from the exhibition is a lithograph by Henry Moore 'Reclining Woman', a fantastic example of the series and a studio proof. We are also showing several John Piper originals as well as work by Peggy Somerville and Hugh Boycott-Brown who both so loved East Anglia and have transferred this affection to the works in the exhibition. Fred Yates 'Cornish Cottage Interior' is also among the pictures to be viewed, showing the rich use of paint and the strong colours he favoured. To go over to the more contemporary artists we have the sculptor Gus Farnes and painters Mike Healey, James Tweedie and Simeon Stafford. Tessa Newcomb, Jo Taylor and Kate Giles are also contributing to the show and we welcome back Jessica Cooper and a new artist to the gallery, Jeff Powell.

We are also pleased to be able to exhibit work by two veterans of the art world; Fred Cuming and Padraig Macmiadhachain who have over the years produced wonderful pieces and given us all so much pleasure.  We have a beautifully ethereal winter landscape by Cuming, described by many as the foremost landscape artist of our age, and a in complete contrast in style and medium, the abstract 'Afternoon, Marakesh' by Macmiadhachain. Fred Cuming is of course still painting even though he turned 90 this year.

Should lockdown be lifted by the 3rd December we welcome 8 visitors at a time in the gallery and are following all government guidelines to make it safe to come and enjoy our celebration of Christmas.

John Piper 'Untitled 1992 (Plantpots)

Peggy Somerville 'Aldeburgh with Martello Tower'

Henry Moore 'Reclining Woman I'

Simeon Stafford 'Fresh Fish for Sale, Crag Path, Aldeburgh'

Harry Becker 'Cutting Hay'

Jessica Cooper 'Dark Green Lily'