Galleries - March 2011

DESIGNER MAKERS - JEWELLERY Gillian Gee: jewellery DESIGNER MAKERS - METAL Paul Gottschalk: sculptor & art metalsmith ILLUSTRATORS Victoria Hooper-Duckham: illustrator: books, cards, giftware STUDIOS Brockley Artists: 48 artists White Yard Studios: Bonnie Brown. Brian Bishop - GALLERIES ONLINE see area listings for stock Bicha: stimulation for the nation F.magnus-Hirshfield: sixty years in bronze and silver Galerie Besson: mainly one-person shows of contemp ceramics Henry Moore Foundation Lilford Gallery Llewellyn Alexander: contemporary oils, watercolours, pastels Marine House at Beer Martin’s Gallery: art gallery Off The Wall Gallery Pyms Gallery The Railings Gallery The Russell Gallery: all shows of artists on view Sea Pictures Gallery: contemporary marine art in all media Turner Gallery Twenty Twenty Gallery: contemporary art & craft gallery Wetpaint Gallery The Whitley Art Gallery: contemporary paintings, prints, etc PUBLIC GALLERIES Dulwich Picture Gallery: important 17th & 18th C. Old Masters Imperial War Museum INTERNET ART SITES 57. GALLERIES MARCH 11 For all their immediate outward appearance of hard-edged abstraction, John Holden’s vibrant paintings are, essentially, contemplative distillations of the seen world, works very much more within a European/English tradition, a tradition that finally owes more to Paul Klee’s kind of intuitive responses to the visible world than to the resolute intellectualism of much 20th C. American abstraction. Or, as he puts it “a synthesis between Nature and Modernism.” Drawing on rich visual resources that include a huge archive of photographs of urban geometry and vernacular architecture and a no less steady, largely abstract, drawing practice, paintings like MJQ II, with its rich, sonorous chords of blue, red and black rectangles processing across the canvas, give us the unmistakable sensation that here is a painter dealing with real, profoundly important visual memories and feelings embedded in his consciousness and emerging with these exhilarating palimpsests of paint and sensation. ( Agnew’s ) Luke Elwes’ approach to abstraction is also essentially landscape oriented and sensation based, though the paintings that result are of a rather different order. Whereas Holden’s subject matter is, for the most part close at hand, Elwes is irresistibly drawn to some of the world’s wilder and more extreme landscapes, though always locations imbued with powerful spiritual resonances. The latest such journey was to the hidden kingdom of Mustang, following an ancient pilgrim route to the red-walled citadel of La Mantang on the Tibetan plateau known as ‘The Plain of Aspiration’. It is always the still very evident human physical imprint of these spiritual quests on the landscape quite as much as the landscapes themselves that draw Elwes to such places and the paintings, with their delicate, almost abraded, washes of luminous colour, punctuated by clear-cut shapes of doorways and hillsides, tell a resonant story about Elwes’ inward philosophical journeys. ( Adam, London ) J ohnHolden ‘MJQ II’ and LukeElwes 'Spring' RANDOM GLANCE