Flora, Fauna and Landscape - Malvern Theatres April - June

by Humph Hack 19. April 2013 16:18

Malvern Theatre is a great venue for showing art. An ever increasing number of visitors go specially because they know that every six weeks the show changes and in many cases artists come some considerable distance for the chance to exhibit. 

The common element in the work of the three artists in this show, is the way that they have all chosen to use the natural world as their starting point. When gathered together however, it is the different directions each has taken that makes this show interesting.


At first sight Stuart Dalby's paintings of Sea and Sky might seem to be merely realist images. But, it is their heightened colour treatment which makes them far more interesting. This approach enhances the mood that each one evokes. Natural phenomenon are recorded but the volume is then turned up. Its like the difference between a string quartet and a full-blown concert orchestra. Collectors who own his works in this idiom, find that each time they look, the painting reveals something different. It is Stuart's second visit to Malvern. His paintings are even more assured this time and thus even more collectable. On this website Stuart has many more works in different genre.








Sam Fenner paints animal portraits, but like Stuart's work they are much more than mere realistic images. They have a painterly quality which is an absolute joy. Add to that, the feeling that these animals have almost human characters. And even more pleasure comes from then seeing how Sam's witty and hilarious titles fit the image so closely. As we were hanging this exhibition, visitors to the Theatre were chuckling as they admired the paintings and then read the titles. You will see, from other images on Sam's page, that many of these same works can be bought in the form limited edition prints. 


Claire Cooper-Walsh's mixed media works are different again. Generally, she uses a muted palette and her approach is semi-abstract. The muted colours and tones enhance the richness of the textures she produces. There is a calmness about her work which engulfs the viewer. These are paintings to relax with. They are on a domestic scale as are others of her works on the website which are framed. In a modern interior, canvases with painted edges look great. In a more traditional setting, framed works sometimes fit better.


The shows runs until 2 June. The theatre is open 7 days a week.


Paintings to Stir the Emotions: Knapp Gallery - April 2013

by Humph Hack 18. April 2013 18:55

The two artists showing their work in this show both elicit strong reactions. Both artist's work has a warmth which engages the viewer. They both produce "feel-good" pieces.

Gillian Luff's paintings are all about the natural world and the atmospheric conditions which change the observer's experience of the landscape. In this respect, they have much in common with the later works of Turner. But, unlike Turner's works they are not connected to specific venues; they represent all mountains, all seascapes; nature at it's most violent or most serene. Gillian's images capture those moments of natural phenomenon that literally "take your breath away". Unsurprisingly, her love of nature extends to the choice of sustainable resourced wooden stretchers. Not only is this environmentally friendly. It makes them much less likely to warp. Her work is collected by fans from many countries. She recently gave up other employment to concentrate on her painting in an attempt to meet the ever increasing demand that works of this quality engender. The selection at the Knapp is but a small part of what is available at the on-line gallery.  



Emerald Dunne lived for some time in Japan, and it was here that her interest in things spiritual was awakened. The Buddhist belief in reincarnation, the colours of kimonos and the Japanese fascination with tradition and innovation, inspired her in new directions. Upon returning to the UK, she chose to incorporate Celtic elements into her work as well. The resulting canvases are vibrant concoctions; a mixture of all these influences. They are full of energy; colourful and joyous celebrations which lift the spirit. Emerald's initial training was in stained glass and many of her paintings remind one of the richness of colour as the sun streams through an example of this thousand year-old craft. Emerald has much more work on the site.




 For more information about these two artists or information about the Knapp Gallery, contact [email protected]  




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