Over 100 works of art to go on show at ‘Art & Soul’ 2018 exhibition in Haslemere in June

Local artist, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 21 award-winning artists at his studio and six acres of grounds in Haslemere in June.  Over 100 works will be on show, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, metals and a sculpture trail around the beautiful gardens and woodland of his ‘Huf’ house on Marley Common.

This is the seventh year David has staged the exhibition, in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios.  He commented:

‘Art & Soul has become quite a fixture.  Hundreds of people visit us during the show – some from many miles away – to enjoy the eclectic mix of painters and sculptors, all highly respected in their fields. The gardens are becoming quite an attraction in themselves thanks to the hard work of my wife, Lynn.  Once again I am excited by the prospect of designing a show that will please the eye and the soul.’

David is a poet as well as an artist.  His sculptural work ranges from semi-abstract human figures to animals and abstract forms – often in stone, but also clay, cast into bronze or resin.  Many of his pieces are accompanied by a poem, adding another dimension to the work.  Two of David’s sculptures, with their poems, have pride of place at Farnham Road Mental Health hospital in Guildford.  David also produces spontaneous, vibrant life drawings. 

This year, for the first time at Art & Soul, there will be live demonstrations of sculptural techniques given by the well-known animalier, Carol Orwin.  From midday until 4pm on weekends, visitors can watch Carol creating animal sculptures in clay, and see the stages of production of resin-bronze casting.  Carol’s work is found in many private collections in the UK and abroad.

Among the painters featured is Haslemere local, Wendy Richards, whose seascapes in oil using a pallet knife are very atmospheric.  Ronan Walsh’s striking portraits in pencil and acrylic are frequently seen in London shows, while Haslemere artist, Sonya Vine, uses soft light to breathe life into landscapes with human figures; Andrew Wichtowski demonstrates endless patience in creating his painstaking foliage studies; Rachel Vitolo is highly innovative with her choice of materials, producing abstracts in fluid acrylics and resins; the wonderfully colourful, detailed collages of Jacqui Shipp will once again be at the show; new to ‘Art & Soul’ this year is Sheila Carr, whose landscapes are a favourite with Surrey collectors.

The sculpture trail is always a popular feature of the show, especially on warm sunny days.  The sweeping lawns and the woodland walk around David’s house will feature sculptures in a variety of materials.  This year, sculptors featured include Joe Szabo, a Hungarian artist working in metal and glass;  Simon Conolly, whose charming clay birds, fish and human figures seem to come to life; Ptolemy Elrington recycles car hubcaps and other metals and plastics to create amazing creatures;  Diana Roles works in ceramic to create nature-inspired abstract sculptures for garden, courtyard or conservatory; also drawing from nature is Julia Webster, a well-known glass artist and teacher; Richard Cresswell works in metal, sometimes allowing the natural oxidising process to contribute to his work, sometimes a mirror finish, many works are kinetic – moved by wind or water;  Jo Jones is a figurative sculptor working in clay.  Her figures are self-contained, serene and contemplative. 

The ever-popular Simon Hempsell returns to Art & Soul with his two-dimensional bird and plant forms in rusted steel;  Carole Andrews will be showing her aluminium and resin mesh forms based on sea corals and microscopic marine life;  Sue Nicholson works in clay to create beautiful animal sculptures cast in resin and bronze;  accomplished Greek artist, Stavros Kotsireas, now based in Farnham, creates quirky abstract forms cast in bronze, suitable for indoor and outdoor settings;  Rachael Nicholson creates both abstract and figurative pieces in metal, evoking a strong sense of movement;  Mehran Ghahari, originally from Iran, works in clay to create mainly semi-abstract figurative sculptures in resin and bronze.

Entry to the Art & Soul exhibition is free.

The exhibition is open to the public from 11am until 5pm on the following days in June:

Saturday 2 , Sunday 3, Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17

For more information please contact David Paynter: 

Tel:  07799 653093

Email:  d.paynter659@btinternet.com

Web:   www.theartfulgallery.co.uk

© Guildford Arts 2016

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