Glorious day in Eastbourne yesterday. I visited the Towner gallery and saw the exhibition – A Radical View: William Gear as curator 1958-64. Wonderful paintings and prints on display from well known and less celebrated British artists selected by the painter William Gear. Particularly eye catching (for me) were Harold Mockford and Julian Trevelyan’s landscape paintings and Michael Rothenstein’s Cockerel print. It’s free and well worth visiting.
I also took the opportunity to drop off my cards at the Towner Gallery shop. I will have a new tennis card available at the Towner Gallery in time for the Eastbourne Tennis Championships commencing on June 20th so watch this space!
As the weather was so sunny I took a stroll along the seafront and promenade. Got my collapsible stool out, listened to music and had a sketch. I’ve bought some new Liquitex paint pens and experimented with stronger colour.
Had a great time at the opening of Pastorale Christmas exhibition on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who made it. The show also runs next Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December so please do stop by if you can.
I’ve been sorting through a few recent drawings and I’ve included them on my website. I did this small pastel and ink drawing when I last visited Eastbourne in the Summer. Please take a look
I’ve been working on a Brighton Wheel linocut. I experimented with a monoprint background and printed the main image in black.
I took a trip to Eastbourne at the weekend. I wanted to see the Robert Mapplethorpe at the Towner gallery and thought I would have a walk along the beach and do a few sketches. It was a beautiful day and despite bringing a hat, I left it in my car thinking there would be no need. I was wrong. Very gusty – hair flying everywhere! I’m always interested in structures and buildings and enjoyed drawing the pier with the crashing waves and seagulls flying overhead. Whilst drawing, I kept brushing my hair away from my face with my hand and it wasn’t until I went to the ladies bathroom in the Towner that I realised my face was covered in black pastel! After making myself more presentable I moved onto the exhibition . . .
The Artists rooms include Mapplethorpes work from the 1970s and 1980s including beautiful black and white portrait and flower photos. There are a number of photos documenting his close relationship with Patti Smith as well as his lesser known sculptures that, to be be honest, didn’t draw me in in the same way. In one of the rooms there’s ‘work of an adult nature’ although tame in comparison to a Mapplethorpe exhibition I saw in Vienna over 10 years ago. I went with my parents and my mother has never forgotten it!
Although small it’s worth a visit. The exhibition is free and held in conjunction with Tate modern.