HWAT is delighted to announce that artists Jane German and Gill Levin are joining forces to put on a joint exhibition of their paintings at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk in October 2012.
The exhibition will run for one week from Thursday 18th October to Wednesday 24th October 2012, and it will be open daily from 10am to 5pm, supervised by the artists.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see a range of work from two established East Anglian artists under one roof, in addition to the opportunity to meet them in person to talk about their work. It promises to be an engaging and rewarding show.
Jane German is known for her distinctive close-cropped paintings depicting rural scenes, notably Friesian cattle seen through the foliage of hedgerows, but also birds and other small animals. These are scenes drawn from the countryside where she lives, from the garden to the hedgerow, together with contemplative still lives of autumnal leaves, flowers or fruit.
‘Humble realities such as domestic animals, hedgerows, birds, a picking of fruit or vegetables, a favourite bowl, piece of fabric or found natural objects are the focus of my recent paintings.’
‘My garden, overlooking the River Beck in Starston is bordered by hedges beyond which Friesians grazed in the water meadow. Sadly, the dairy farm closed down in the past year after being bred by the farming family after fifty years. For over fifteen years these cattle featured in a series of paintings.’
‘In the ‘Friesian Through the Hedge’ series of paintings, I have aimed to elevate the familiar sighting of a cow seen through a hedge to a sensually realistic composition of cow, branches and foliage, all of which are given equal importance in the painting. The black and white abstract pattern of the cow intermingles with the foliage, contrasting starkly, but at the same time in harmony with, the subtle framework of the layed hedge.’
For the painter, Gill Levin, it ‘is lines at strange angles, criss-crossing, creating uneven spaces and shapes between. I see all these things in man-made structures that have been stressed or damaged. Also in nature – wild grasses, trees and the wonderful Norfolk light – all are a neverending source of inspiration.’
Gill Levin, born in Hampton (West London) and brought up in Chelsea, later attending Chelsea School of Art, moved to Norfolk in 1981. ‘For over thirty years, I have developed an acre of meadow from scratch, planted over forty-seven trees, countless shrubs, annuals and vegetables. Wild flowers and vegetables gone to seed mix in with everything, making wonderful, sculptural shapes. From having a small paved garden in London, it has been a joy of discovery and serendipity.’
As well as being a member of HWAT, Gill also exhibits with the Norwich 20 Group. Gill has exhibited many times in London throughout her career, including: the Young Contemporaries (1957); Whitechapel Art Gallery; Grabowski Sloane Street; Chelsea Arts Club. Gill has work in corporate and private collections.
Jane German’s exhibitions include: the Chichester Open; The Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries, London; The Royal Society of British Artists; Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk; The Castle Museum, Norwich; the Eastern Open, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (prize winner).
Jane German & Gill Levin
Peter Pears Gallery
8th to 24th October 2012
The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.