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40TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2022
4 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
The largest of the galleries' exhibitions, the Annual Exhibition features Modern British and contemporary artists, some new, some regulars, some returning faces and some we just can't not include!
THE PASTEL SOCIETY
16 April 2022 - 8 May 2022
The Pastel Society UK is a registered charity and is recognised for promoting and encouraging the use of pastels within the contemporary art world. Founded in London in 1898 it started with 77 members and among founding members, past members and exhibitors are such names as Sickert, Whistler, Degas, Rodin, Dame Laura Knight, Dame Paula Rego, Tom Phillips and Gillian Ayres. The exhibition will showcase works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal and reflects that the diverse nature of the dry medium is limitless. The elected Members of The Pastel Society chosen to be part of this wonderful exhibition all share a passion for working in dry media and we feel working in pastel promotes a particularly aesthetic approach.
JOSEF HERMAN OBE RA (1911-2000)
19 March 2022 - 3 April 2022
Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh are excited to announce an exhibition of works by the Polish Jewish artist Josef Herman. The entire collection of watercolours, ink washes, pencil drawings and lithographs have been in a private collection which has been accumulated over many years and is now being sold through Thompson’s Gallery. Josef Herman’s work often depicted workers as its subject and was inherently political and living and painting as he was in the heart of the South Wales mining community, he soon embraced and produced work with subjects that so many could relate to; miners at the coal face, farm folk, harvesters, mothers and their children, simple landscapes and even nudes and still lifes.
There are examples of all of these subjects in this collection and represent the simplicity which Herman communicated of the working classes. We are showing samples of the iconic miners as well as the sketch of the women of Greenham Common which show Herman’s commitment to painting politically evocative subjects.
CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION 2021
4 December 2021 - 9 January 2022
Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh are holding our Christmas group exhibition which alongside our Annual Exhibition in June is our largest collection of paintings and sculpture for sale during the year. There will be new paintings by both established Thompson's artists and also by new artists carefully selected during the year so some familiar names and some new to the gallery. Over 100 paintings will be on display in the gallery during this exhibition.
AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY ARTISTS
15 October 2021 - 28 November 2021
A delightful exhibition of works by artists we represent in our gallery in Aldeburgh covering both the 20th and 21st Century. We have chosen a mix of artists, genre, techniques and style to show our breath of representation and hopefully there is something for everyone to enjoy.
STEPHANIE REW 'GILDED'
18 September 2021 - 10 October 2021
“Creating this show has been a long and lovely process. I was given a decent amount of time to do it which is a rare thing.
Recently I have been incorporating gold leaf into my work, exploring the relationship between the decorative reflective gold leaf surface and a fully rendered oil painting. The design and pattern of the surface and textiles have become an important part of my painted compositions.
Making the gold panels is a slow and painstaking process and can take months to complete so to be able to make 10 panels at one time was an absolute luxury. Some of these panels I have been working on for over a year, leaving them to ‘marinade’ for a while I work on other paintings.
These paintings have cohesion to them, they have grown and developed very slowly together, which gives them a harmony. Recent times have been very difficult for everyone and this show is my way of adding something bright and beautiful into the world, as right now I believe we need as much beauty as we can find”.
SIMEON STAFFORD - SIMEON'S WORLD
28 August 2021 - 12 September 2021
Simeon Stafford was born in the 1950s, in Duckinfield, a small northern town bordering the Pennines.
He was introduced to L.S.Lowry after winning the Robert Owen School Award for Art and the Manchester News Portrait Award, who then became a friend of the family and encouraged him to study art.
In 1972 and 1973, he studied at Hyde College and in 1974, became a professional artist and exhibited his work in mixed exhibitions throughout the north of England and London. His work at this time reflected the gritty northern landscape and characters in what has been called a primitive style.
In 1996 Stafford moved to Cornwall where he met the artists Terry Frost and Patrick Heron, whose colour and light had a great impact on him.
Simeon continues to have successful exhibitions in London and Cornwall.
In 2001 his work was included in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and in 2003 he became a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists.
TERENCE CLARKE 'NEW PAINTINGS'
7 August 2021 - 22 August 2021
What is a picture? For me it’s a chance to escape into a place where you can be silent and enjoy a little insight into the visual world. A picture is a place away from the problems of life and a chance to be at ease. I hope when you look at these pictures, that you will be at rest and encounter a landscape that is at once familiar but refreshed. I have used colour and tone to explore and transform landscape and still life. The picture is a thing in itself, an invitation to imagine and feel. In essence, whatever the subject matter, all paintings are about light. The sensation and effect of light has a big effect on our mood or sense of happiness. I have used the light of Spain and the south of France to enhance that quality of rest and peace that strong light evokes. The light has been transposed into colour. The colour goes beyond observation to express a certain passion for the sheer joy of the visual encounter and hopefully a vivid experience of the landscape. Each painting is composed of a myriad of little marks and decisions. The great thing about paintings is that although we take the image in at one go, it reveals itself endlessly over time. In some way every time you look at a painting, it’s like you’re looking at it for the first time. My paintings also reveal the way they were made. When you look at all the marks and colours, the paint is both an abstract element and yet also creates the image of a tree or apple. Your mind moves between seeing the image as real and then enjoying the sensuousness of the paint on a purely abstract level. It’s not just what you paint, it’s how it’s how you paint that’s important. That’s where the art is.
Hopefully I have succeeded in communicating a celebratory quality in the work here presented. That’s why I started to paint and draw in the first place….to understand the world and enjoy its visual beauty as well as finding a place to be at rest.
Terence Clarke June 2021
JUDITH BRIDGLAND & JENNY MATTHEWS
10 July 2021 - 2 August 2021
'Wild Landscapes and Wild Flowers'
Two of Scotland's most popular artists united at Thompson's Gallery Aldeburgh again. Judith's wonderful rich and creamy oils contrast yet compliments beautifully Jenny's deftly painted watercolours of favoured botanical subjects and landscapes
ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2021
12 June 2021 - 4 July 2021
The largest of the galleries exhibitions, after the success of our Modern British exhibition this time the Annual features all contemporary artists, some new, some regulars, some returning faces and some we just cant not include!
15 May 2021 - 6 June 2021
The Modern British Art era began after the first World War, an inherently significant cultural period. This epoch saw the rise of painters and sculptors such as Henry Moore, John Piper, Mary Potter, Terry Frost, Sir Robin Philipson, John Bellany, and Mary Fedden to name a few. This period of artistic output contains a range of style and focus- natural subject matter such as landscape and still life remained emphasised; scenes of leisure and enjoyment were prevalent; and those elevating abstraction saw a surge of interest and legitimacy much in part to Picasso’s growing influence. Thompson’s Gallery has proudly specialised in Modern British Art since its founding in 1982, and invite you to enjoy this expertly selected range of works from this pivotal period.
Aldeburgh, 15 May - 6 June 2021
Please contact the gallery for more information.
ANDREW TOZER 'IMPRESSIONS OF CORNWALL'
24 April 2021 - 9 May 2021
"I am from a Cornish farming family and for as far back as I can remember, I have loved being in the open air being at one with nature. Roaming cliffs, beaches, woodlands and creeks was the backdrop to my childhood. As a young boy I felt drawn to painting and was inspired by my mother who was also an artist.
At the age of 19, I moved to London to study Art at the University of Westminster. From there I went on to Central St Martin’s School of art. After 5 years, I yearned to return to Cornwall to do what I loved most – paint. I learnt my craft of painting en-plein-air whilst in London. The Thames, Richmond and Kew Gardens were all favourite haunts. Moving back to Cornwall in 1998, I quickly established a good reputation with many sell-out shows to my name. In terms of painting, I am at my happiest when working outside en-plein-air." Andrew Tozer
ANN SHRAGER NEAC
3 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Ann Shrager is a much loved British artist who is a member of the NEAC and trained at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and the Royal Academy Schools. She trained under Bernard Dunstan at Byam Shaw who gave her the advice to “paint what you love and love what you paint” which she feels makes you emotionally involved in your subject and in turn shows in the work you create. She went onto the Royal Academy Schools to be taught glazing techniques and how to expand her paintings both in size and medium by Tony Eyton and Jane Dowling and subsequently to leaving the Royal Academy Schools, Ann was offered exhibitions in various galleries which has led to a successful career as an artist. One Ann's favourite subjects are elephants and their relationship with their mahouts and also goat herders and in particular a black goat which appears in several compositions as well as Indian brides and grooms and ladies in saris and various birds. She likes to paint bleached landscapes and seascapes and has been influenced by Indian and Persian miniatures which is evident in many of her paintings. Ann uses oil paint diluted with turps as her medium because it behaves like watercolour and she draws her composition first and if it fails she will draw a different composition on top and this means there could be as many as four different paintings on top of each other which leads to a build up of impasto. There is a quietness about Ann’s work and although colour is a key part in her paintings there is a subdued softness coupled with simplicity and space.
ANGELA A'COURT PS: 'ALL THAT I BELONG TO'
6 March 2021 - 22 March 2021
'I work from moments of inspiration: I notice the way tulips droop
in a vase, or the way two colours look together. Mundane images
make me reach for my sketch book, rendering me a chronicler, a
visual writer. My work not only grows out of those moments; it
references those moments.'
This body of work is a sympathetic response to the poem 'By Heart' by Thomas John Carlisle which the artist found over 30 years ago while looking through her mother's affairs after she passed away.
A VIRTUAL FEBRUARY, ALDEBURGH
2 February 2021 - 28 February 2021
A selection of New, Recent and some of my Favourites. all currently in the Aldeburgh Gallery, if you see anything you like we can soon put it in the window for you to view, during your daily exercise!
19 November 2020 - 10 January 2021
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Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh are holding our Christmas group exhibition which alongside our Annual Exhibition in June is our largest collection of paintings for sale during the year. There will be new paintings by both established Thompson's artists and also by new artists carefully selected during the year so some familiar names and some new to the gallery. Over 100 paintings will be on display in the gallery during this exhibition.
BRITA GRANSTRöM - LEAVES OF LOCK DOWN
12 September 2020 - 27 September 2020
Brita Granström - Leaves of Lock Down.
Every summer Brita goes back to her native Sweden to paint images of life in the Scandinavian countryside but due to lockdown this year she has been unable to travel there for the first time since she moved over here in 1993. As a result she has painted a series of paintings from her everyday life at home during lockdown near Berwick upon Tweed, shying away from using her top floor sea view studio and instead adapting to a portable studio to begin making a series of paintings capturing her family's daily life around the kitchen, porch and garden.
GRAHAM WEBBER ROI IEA
22 August 2020 - 9 September 2020
Following on from the success of our last one man show of Graham's work and his continued recognition and ever growing following among our clients, we are delighted to be hosting a one man exhibition of new works by Graham here in Aldeburgh in August 2020.
ROBERT KELSEY DA MUNIV PAI FRSA
1 August 2020 - 19 August 2020
We are delighted to be holding a one man exhibition of new paintings by Scottish Landscape painter Robert Kelsey.
Robert has been one of our most popular artists over the years, over 20 one man shows are testament to this. Recently Robert has started to loosen up his paintings with a more vigorous and bravura style harking back to some of his earlier works.
It should be a fresh and exciting exhibition showing a new phase in Roberts painting.