Stella Turi, Tuesday 18 September 2012
Will’s Art Warehouse’s newest exhibition shows artwork portraying figures in land and seascapes.
The literary title for this new exhibition was the idea of gallery curator Pixie Andrew. The phrase was originally coined by American poet Henry W. Longfellow to describe a warning signal used during the American Revolution. The signal warned of the process by which the British troops would advance to Concord by displaying lanterns in the steeple of the old North church; one lantern if by land (the longer route) and two if by sea (the shorter route).
Curator Andrew says: ‘Many artists take the human figure, often using it as a device for scale within the landscape, and I thought it was a really nice subject and title for a show that encompasses that.’
The show exhibits work by six internationally acclaimed artists all of whom have displayed in the gallery for many years, including Daniel Ablitt, Emma Brownjohn, Trevor Price, Andrew Roberts, and two of the Gallery’s best selling artists to date, Caroline Yates and Andrew Hood. All of the artists were brought together because their work reflects the title of the exhibition, the notion of figures in landscapes, however there is a great deal of diversity in style and expression within the collection of work displayed.
The show opened its doors on 15 September and will run until mid November. Andrew reports: ‘The response has been great and we have sold several paintings so far which is good.’
Of the artists exhibited, five are painters who paint a variety of surfaces and the sixth, Trevor Price is an etcher. Andrew says: ‘It is important for us here that artwork is selling at different price levels because we try and cater for everyone’s budgets, so with the prints, the work is between £50 and £500, the paintings go from £500 up to £3500.’
But no matter whether you wish to purchase or just have a gander, the theme of this exhibition, though direct, is subtle in its imposition and thus brings together some exciting contemporary artwork which is highly varied style and appeal and is definitely worth a look.
Exhibition runs 15th Sep-15th Nov; 10.30am-6.00pm; Admission: free; Will's Art Warehouse, 180 Lower Richmond Road, Putney Common, London SW15 1LY