29th February – 7th April
This spring exhibition is a mixed media show featuring artwork that embraces the changing light and colours encapsulated within the seasons, and depicts the dynamic shifts that occur during periods of transition
Change of Season is the second of our seven themed exhibitions for 2020 at The Gallery. Following on from our seascape exhibition, Against the Tide, this exhibition is our designated landscape exhibition. Later in the year we have both a contemporary exhibition and a figurative exhibition, alongside some medium-based exhibitions and three solo shows, including the ever-evolving Kieron Williamson. The new gallery system has enabled us to us to create a very exciting programme that, in turn, provides something for all art tastes during the year.
A Change of Season is an exhibition which seeks to encapsulate the changing light and colours of the season; however it also asked artists to reflect on and depict the dynamic shifts that occur during periods of transition. This title enables a sufficiently varied body of artwork with an overall thematic coherence.
Most of the artists from this exhibition have been selected from the ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. One artist in particular is Allan Martin, who is exhibiting a hauntingly beautiful selection of paintings from his oeuvre, These Dark Woods. Allan has been included in and shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition on a few occasions. He was also one of 48 artists featured in the 2018 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year TV series, and was one of three finalists.
Another artist selected from the ING Discerning Eye exhibition is Robbie Wraith. Robbie is, perhaps, best known for his portraits of HM The Queen and Nelson Mandela, and his travels with HRH the Prince of Wales. However, these accolades should not distract from his immense skill, perhaps typified by his mastery of all types of painting, from portraiture to figurative work, landscapes to still life, as well as his use of various mediums. The Gallery is lucky to be exhibiting four of Robbie’s landscape paintings that depict each of the four seasons. These are especially recognisable for their bold brushstrokes combined with an intense attention to the minute details of a landscape scene.
A particularly interesting and exciting artist we are exhibiting is Michael Alford. His interpretation of the exhibition theme is particularly interesting with regards to his orchestral paintings. A highlight of the exhibition, these two paintings represent a different type of season: the concert season, providing a less-than-literal interpretation of our exhibition title. These paintings are exceptional in their energy and the movement that is depicted reflects the excitement of a dramatically sweeping string section.
We are fortunate enough to boast an exceptional centrepiece in this exhibition: David Hockney’s Snow without Colour. This is a signed lithograph and screen print from a limited edition series of 38. It is especially exciting to feature this in the exhibition considering the current Hockney auction success and the Hockney portrait exhibition currently being hosted at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
While The Gallery is fortunate enough to go to London to select artists from various shows in association with the Federation of British Artists (FBA), we are also proud to exhibit Brian Ryder ROI FIEA, Val Orchard and Andrew Newman, who represent the wealth and high calibre of artists in Norfolk.