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NSA member Ashley Hanson is showing his Porthleven series of paintings as part of the Porthleven Arts Festival on 27th September. There will be a talk and presentation of the 60 paintings in the series on Tuesday 27th September from 4-5pm at the Breageside Netloft. On Wednesday 28th September there will be a preview of the Freedom in Painting in Porthleven exhibtion from 5.30 – 7pm at The Old Lifeboat House and the exhibition itself will be open for 1 day only on Thursday 29th September from 10-5pm. on Friday 30th September there will be Open Studio and exhibition of 20 of the Porthleven series paintings at the same venue.

 

 

The NSA has recently begun a very exciting partnership with the St Clare Medical Centre in Penzance. We have worked with the partners and their Site Manager, Richard Allan, to develop their beautiful new medical centre. Almost thirty NSA artists have submitted work to hang in the building, in public and staff areas and meeting rooms for one year.
 
We put the work up last weekend and will hold an event to celebrate the partnership and give people a chance to look round, in November. We are absolutely thrilled to see our work there in such a fabulous space – and it has transformed the whole atmosphere of the building. The NSA would like to thank both Richard and the partners for giving us a chance to give back to our community in this way.

NSA member Stuart Ross has an exhibition of recent work opening at the Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery next month.  The show will run from 6th – 19th August, open daily 11-5pm.

 

NSA members Ashley Hanson and Sar Bor are showing work in a joint exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in St Ives, opening on Sat 11th and running until Fri 17th June. The Private View is on Sat afternoon from 4-6pm.

Friends and colleagues for 10 years, Hanson and Bor explore some of the same subject matter with distinct approaches.  Hanson has twin strands to his practice: the coastal work based on his love of the Cornish coastline and ports, and his book paintings. ‘Painting the Novel’ investigates the combination of a painting being both a tangible object and an illusion: both abstraction and figuration. Duality denotes the character of his paintings. https://www.ashleyhanson.co.uk/

‘As an artist I crave/need surprise, not sameness: it is what you ‘do’ with the source material that matters, a piece must be its own thing and have a joyous independence.’ Ashley Hanson

With a deep-rooted connection to the land, Bor explores associations and memories of familiar places.  Her paintings investigate the geography of eroded moorlands, rugged coastlines and the haunting decay of industrial interventions. The physicality of the canvas symbolises the materiality of imagined and remembered places. https://sarabor.co.uk/

‘The essence of my practice is a correlation with the materials themselves and the processes involved.’ Sara Bor

NSA member Mike Newton is showing his series of paintings Women You Should Know at the Borlase Smart Room in Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives. The show runs from 28th May to 4th June from 2.00-5.00pm daily

 

As a project during the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown I painted 60 Oil sketches of female poets to accompany a Cento (A Collage Poem) composed of lines from their poetry. The planned exhibition in 2021 was then cancelled due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant. They are now finally going to be shown next week in St Ives, Cornwall.

Writing a cento is a kind of an extension of reading, a way to prolong the pleasure of lines and quotations as a souvenir of the reading experience. It becomes a mosaic of treasured lines that may provoke and or amuse the reader in their new context.

In this form of poetry, lines are “lifted” from other sources and “woven” together to create a new, whole poem that stands on its own. Each portrait is 25x23cm on prepared paper and is titled with the line that poet has had selected for the Cento composed by Johana C. Migdal in commemoration of women’s history month annually observed in March.

Further info and a video of the featured paintings accompanied by a reading of the poem can be found here

NSA member Jasmine Mills, together with fellow artist Lillian Thomson, are taking part in a joint exhibition – Quiet Portals – at Centre Space Gallery in Bristol in April.  

Showcasing in Bristol for the first time, Quiet Portals is a body of work developed since 2020 exploring themes of loneliness, space, and the place in between real and imagined.

Originally from Bristol and Norfolk, Lillian and Jasmine currently work and live in Cornwall. Both artists find common ground in paint, print, and drawing inspired by place and figure.

The show runs from 16th – 20th April, 10am – 4pm, with the Preview on 15th April at 4pm. Centre Space Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol BS11EA.

 

NSA member Catherine Harvey Jefferson is exhibiting work in a solo show at the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives. The show is called JOURNEY – Paintings about Walking in Wilderness and runs from 19th – 25th March, 10-5pm daily.

Salthouse Gallery, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1NA

www.catherineharveyjefferson.com

During the second module of his MA in painting at Plymouth College of Art Tim has been transferring a series of oil sketches made from a single panther reference image onto found clothing. The dye sublimation works best on clothing with over 65% polyester in the fibres.

“There’s a tension here, polyester is made from petrochemicals and although cheap and versatile, at the moment there’s no system for large scale reuse or safe decomposition.”

This auction on the 18th of December of shirts from charity shops seeks to open up a dialogue around the ethics and future of animals, polyester and painting.

With thanks to collaborators Hollie Kirk from Exeter University, Marta Martin from Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Liam Jolly of the Auction House.

Symposium is invite only due to restricted spaces.

 

 

 

 

NSA member Janet Lynch is currently exhibiting work at Livingstone St Ives gallery in St Ives. Entitled The Geronimo Hot Springs Motel, the show runs from 4th to 20th November and includes paintings and poetry.

Janet’s work continues to evolve in unexpected ways but this figurative exhibition which shows work created over many years confirms that at the heart of most paintings there is a constant referral to ‘relationship’. These relationships are indicated metaphorically, the other being represented by a formalised depiction of an animal, often dogs or horses, occasionally birds or other creatures. Sometimes these relationships are pleasant as with Woman with a Red Horse, or disturbing such as the dog in Birth. In one of the earliest pictures painted there is definitely an inferred sexual implication.

Woman with a Red Horse

 

Birth

“I love travel, and when I am away from the studio often find myself writing a few lines as a substitute for painting I suppose. The title of this exhibition was taken from one of these little poems – The Geronimo Hot Springs Motel, a small book of which is available to buy at the gallery.  As with the paintings these personal poems are all the distillation of personal experience.”
Livingstone St Ives, 71–73 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HW. More examples of work in the exhibition can be seen on the Livingstone St Ives website

NSA poster

This autumn, Tremenheere Gallery presents a landmark exhibition
celebrating 125 years of the Newlyn Society of Artists. The NSA was Founded in 1896 and is one of the longest- surviving art organisations anywhere. It currently has close to ninety members, and includes artists working across all disciplines from painting and printmaking and sculpture to film, all of whom either live in West Cornwall or have close links with the area.

Please follow the link to continue with the Press release NSA125 Past, present, future

 

Read more:

Artist’s Connections: Each Exhibitor was asked to write a short paragraph explaining their inspiration for the artwork shown, specifically how it connected with the history of the NSA.

 

Inventive Century – Drift Magazine. Words by Mercedes Smith

NSA 125 Feature for Drift Magazine | October 2021 Issue 15

16 October to 7 November 2021  Tremenheere Gallery,
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL.