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Inspiration in Cornwall - Colin Fraser

I had a fantastic week in Cornwall this year in mid -march. There was constant sunshine and I was able to revisit Polzeath, an area  I have a strong emotional attachment to after spending several holidays there in my teens.

I have always wanted to go there to work and at last I was able to return to the place that has long dwelt in my memory and haunted me from time to time, down the years.

Painting a landscape, for me is not just a matter of recording the scenery. The atmosphere of the place and the feelings this generates is the important thing. It has to be a place that you have spent time in, both physically but also somewhere you have had time to think about and digest the feel of.

To quote Wordsworth” These beauteous forms, are not  to me the landscape as in a blindma's eye but oft amid the din of towns and cities i have owed to them...” 

I made many studies of the coastline during this week and my first tempera to come out of this bulk of work is "Surf Shadows”. It roughly portrays the view across to Stepper point from the cliff pathway walk from Polzeath to Rock.

The constant flow of the tide, with breaking waves and surf was magical, and left a deep impression on me. The memories from my youth remain a part of the finished piece which has changed little since my first visit there in 1971.

Colin Fraser  July 2016


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Matthew Maran book launch

Hampstead Heath London's Countryside at the gallery 11-12th June 2016

We are hosting the launch of award-winning wildlife photographer Mathew Maran’s new book Hampstead Heath, London’s Countryside.

Mathew spent countless hours roaming the Heath’s beautiful grasslands and forests, capturing images of the wildlife and landscapes of this ancient London park. He is coming to the Catto Gallery to sign copies of his book on 11th and 12th June.

11th June: 10am – 6pm

12th June: 12.30 – 4pm

There will be a presentation and talk by Matthew at 3pm in Catto Below about his photography.

Large format Diasec-mounted prints of photographs from the book will also be on display and available for sale.

You can see morre of Matthew's work by clicking here.


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James Mortimer maquettes

Following his recent sell out exhibitions of his paintings, we are delighted to announce that for the very first time James Mortimer's bronze sculptures are on sale in the gallery.

Many of James's sculptures were conceived while still at art college, where he was studying sculpture. They remind us of many of the reoccurring characters seen in his paintings, the narrative of an odyssey we are only just beginning.

Please contact us for further information and click here to see the work.


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Philip Jackson's sculpture on Gardener's World

Keen eyed gardeners may have spotted Philip Jackson's sculpture on BBC's Gardener's World last week. All Philip's garden sculptures can be seen on the link below.

See sculptures


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Ian Berry exhibition news:

Ian Berry's hugely anticipated exhibition dates are now in the diary. The show will take place in November at central London gallery 'Different' in Percy Street.

If you would like advanced notice of the show please contact us for information or sign up for email alerts about Ian on his page by clicking here.


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