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CAN YOU SEE THE SEA?

18th October 2020 by Octi in Blog

A winer mixed group show, running from October 15th, 2020 – November 8th, 2020.

The feeling of awe at a view of the ocean filling the horizon.  The sense of homecoming as you round the last bend and the coast appears before you, in all its familiar beauty. The heady pleasure of a freezing dip in the Atlantic. 

Our autumn exhibition takes its name from the title of Kerry Harding’s painting, ‘Can You See The Sea?’ and explores our primal attraction to the sea through a diverse collection of contemporary paintings which fully, partially, or abstractly depict the ocean. 

Livingstone St. Ives sources and exhibits contemporary and modern art associated with Cornwall, its artistic heritage, and future direction. It places special emphasis on representing artists living or working in Cornwall in the medium of oil painting. 

Its beautiful newly restored gallery space is converted from two historic fishing cottages in the heart of St. Ives, on Fore Street. It’s a light and airy space to wander around, sit and enjoy the regularly changing artwork on display. 

Founded by Alicia Livingstone in 2020, the gallery displays a curated edit of artwork in a welcoming, domestic setting. 

To celebrate its launch, Livingstone St. Ives is holding its first major exhibition as a joint exhibition with sister gallery, Far & Wild in Perranporth. Far & Wild boasts an extensive collection of contemporary artwork by gallery artists, as well as homeware, ceramics, textiles, clothing and books. 

Kerry Harding’s work depicts the wild seas and rugged cliffs of the north coast of Cornwall where she lives and works. Her evocative, semi-abstracted seascapes evoke her surreal recreation of a place… Half remembered, half imagined, familiar places.”​ 

Janet Lynch presents a group of figurative work exploring the physical pleasure of our experience in water. Her dreamy figures swim, float and bathe across hot tubs, lidos and the ocean, summoning a physical and emotional response in the viewer. 

Emma Williams’ paintings celebrate her love of St. Ives, capturing the celebrated views and historic buildings of this famous fishing town. Reminiscent both of Bryan Pearce’s still life paintings, and the highly colourful Ponckle, their vivid and rhythmic depictions of interiors, window-views and seascapes are a joy to behold.  

Henrietta Dubrey’s work connects with the rich heritage of Cornish artists depicting the landscape and seascape of the far west of Cornwall. Lanyon-esque, these paintings explore her own relationship with the landscape in which both she and he lived and worked; as well as her connectedness to Lanyon and his contemporaries, through a shared lineage of abstract landscape paintings. 

Maggie O’Brien’s paintings depicting an emotional response to the seascapes of west Penwith. Maggie describes her practice of drawing in the landscape as “a kind of deep seeing – it cements things, commits them to memory.  Back in the studio, I find I am less and less concerned with the specifics of place, and more with the elemental relationship between land, sea and sky.” 

The exhibition also features paintings and ceramics by Ken Spooner, Elaine Turnbull, Matthew Dixon and Colin Caffell. 

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