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FIRST BLUSH: SPRING COLLECTION

by Porthminster Gallery | St. Ives
Date of event: 04/05/24 - 08/06/24

The Porthminster Gallery celebrates the long-awaited arrival of Spring, with this curated show of new contemporary artworks by selected gallery and guest artists. This uplifting show also marks a return to the gallery of sculptural jewellery by Cornish and British makers, in this restorative season of budding and regrowth.

Gallery Artists:
Award-winning Cornish artist Amy Albright takes inspiration from south Cornwall’s coastline in her atmospheric, layered oil paintings where the ethereal half-imagined, half-real boundaries of land and water merge, to give the viewer a sense of calm serenity – albeit one tinged with a lurking air of mystery and the unknown.

Derbyshire based artist Andrew Bird is best known for his captivating abstract paintings of Cornish coastal landscapes. Here, though, his lesser-known printmaking practice is in the spotlight with this new series of unique handmade monoprints charting Bird’s distorted geometry of the landscape and nature into abstract vocabularies – as had notable key artists associated with the St Ives Movement – Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Victor Pasmore, and Barbara Hepworth – examples of whose original prints also feature in show.

Sam Boughton's new series of expressive semi-abstract landscapes were painted en plein air, at coastal locations between Cape Cornwall and St Ives. Fascinated by the light, weather, and the seasons playing out upon West Penwith's wild and open spaces, Boughton works with mixed media on large-scale paper, to quickly capture the immediacy, energy, and dramatic sense of place in these emotionally charged works. The works were then developed further in her studio in Devon, where she lives.

Guest Artists:
Showing for the very first time in Cornwall, Cambridgeshire based silversmith Hannah Souter’s sculptural fine jewellery is inspired by delicate organic structures – especially of seed pods and buds – found in nature. By combining subtle surface textures with contrasting finishes, Souters’ unique silver creations include 18ct gold detail, freshwater pearls, or semi-precious beads.

Cornish ceramicist Rhiannon Petrucci’s hand built and pit-fired Cornish stoneware clay Goddess vessels and Earth Mother statuettes – celebrate the divine feminine at this seasonal time of birth and rebirth, fertility, and reawakening.

Price range of the works in show: £55 to £2,500.