Monthly Archives: October 2009

JANE GERMAN : solo exhibition at Harleston Gallery

Dappled Things : A collection of new work by Jane German, at the Harleston Gallery from 8th to 27th October 2009.

This extensive solo exhibition of works by the well-known Norfolk painter Jane German takes place in the splendid first floor rooms of the Harleston Gallery (in former times Gurney’s Bank), and comprises more than fifty paintings and drawings.

Friesians through the hawthorn hedge, oil on canvas, 120x80cm

Apart from wild birds, most of the depicted creatures are domestic animals. There are a number of Jane’s monumental homages to the cow – Friesian, Devon, or Charolais – observed in Norfolk and France, alongside Greek goats and Maltese street cats.

Jane says of her work:
Cattle viewed through a hedge or gap in a wall have been a recurring theme in my work for the past 15 years. Trained as a textile designer I gradually evolved into a painter. In my most recent work the foliage, leaves, tendrils and branches framing the images of the cattle are treated with equal importance in the paintings, resulting in a subtle blend of colour and texture as in a tapestry.

The mapping of black and white markings on the Friesian cows give rise to abstract shapes contrasting starkly but at the same time harmonising with the camouflage of the hedgerows. I also paint birds, poultry and other animals that appear in my area of the Waveney Valley in the form of small iconic works: these are a tribute to the creatures they portray and leave reminders of a sighting.

Quinces, Leaves and a Comma, oil on canvas, 60x40cm

Quinces, Leaves and a Comma, oil on canvas, 60x40cm

Jackdaw, oil on board, 18x24cm

Jackdaw, oil on board, 18x24cm

Jane German has taught art and painted in Sussex and Norfolk over the past twenty five years. She trained at Loughborough College of Art and Brighton College of Art.

The exhibiton in the upper galleries at the Harleston Gallery runs until 27 October 2009.

Harleston Gallery
3 Old Market Place
Harleston
Norfolk
IP20 9BE
Tel:01379 855366

DEE NICKERSON : solo exhibition at the Cork Bricks Gallery

Dee Nickerson, a current member of HWAT, has a new solo exhibition of figurative paintings at the Cork Bricks Gallery in Bungay, Suffolk, during the month of October 2009.

Dee’s paintings are colourful, lyrical and nostalgic, often featuring women and animals in rural settings, exploring gentle narratives on country life. Dee’s work revels in the visual exploration of patterns, both in fabrics and the natural environment: in one painting, a background of falling leaves is echoed in the drapery of the woman’s skirt. Dee already has many collectors of her work in the Eastern region, and this new show, as the crowd at the private view testified, shows that her work will continue to have wide appeal.

dee nickerson acrossthefields

Across the Fields, acrylic on paper, 30cm x 50cm

Dee says of her work:
If I was a writer my work would probably be described as fiction, semi biographical and poetical. Using chalk pastels or acrylics, both of which allow layering of pattern and colour, I make pictures describing moments in mine and other peoples lives. The settings are chosen to help create the mood.

I am very much looking forward to holding my first solo show at the Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay in October this year. New paintings show my usual women and some landscapes inspired by sketches made at Salthouse, north Norfolk, a landscape very different from the Waveney Valley. ‘The Potter and her Cat’ was a commission for the Cambridge potter Inga Diener. ‘Across the fields’ is a nostalgic painting; I was reminded of a previous summer when there were many butterflies.

dee nickerson thepotterandhercat

The potter and her cat, acrylic on paper, 60cm x 75cm

Dee’s solo exhibition at the Cork Bricks Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 5.30pm, and runs from the 3rd to 28th October 2009.

The Cork Bricks Gallery
6 Earsham Street
Bungay
Suffolk
NR35 1AG
Tel: 01986 894873