Galleries - September 2013

fromtop: J udy Buxton ‘Incoming Tide (Summer) I’ at New Craftsman Gallery. Luke Frost ‘Cadmium Orange & Tangerine Volts no.1’ 2013 at Belgrave St Ives. A nthony Bryant ‘Wooden Vessels’ at Kestle Barton promise of a narrative thread that is tantalizingly hard to unpick pro- vides the perfect contrast to the above while St Ives Society of Artists’ Mariners Gallery, Penwith Galleries and the Crypt Gallery all have large mixed shows with (often very affordable) work by local artists. Jonathan Grimble presents work from the Sandra Blow Estate, Tremayne Applied Arts offers 20th C. Design Classics and Contemporary items, whilst the Tate has eight artists, present day and historic in their ‘Summer 2013’ exhibition. Meanwhile near Helston Away from the bustle of St Ives Kestle Barton’ s autumn exhibition promises an oasis of calm. Titled ‘At the still point . . .’ it combines Anthony Bryant’s extraordinary, wafer thin wooden vessels (many made from oak grown at Kestle Barton) with works on paper by Kaori Homma. Homma’s technique of Aburidashi (using fire, acid and water in com- bination) originates in her native Japan; she uses it here to produce images based on the Kestle Barton landscape. The polarity of strength and fragility and its play-off in nature springs to mind. P ip Palmer work of Judy Buxton (at New Craftsman Gallery ) but in her paintings the elements of wind, rain and weather are also never far away. Lear-like she often battles these to paint in situ bringing an intense sense of what it is like to be present in the landscape to her work. Sax Impey at Millennium shares this ethos but for him it is the sea that impels and, for this exhibition in particular, the misty equivocation of the Iberian coast. At Wills Lane Gallery the cerebral, finely detailed prints of Stephen Chambers with their 11. GALLERIES SEPTEMBER 13 seaside FESTIVAL seasonal art in st ives Colour, Shape & Form With its funky mix of visiting performers and home grown talent, St Ives Festival gets into gear once again this September. Expect music, poetry, events and workshops plus opportunities to see significant art both made and in the making. Many artists will have their studio doors open – don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historic Porthmeor Studios – while in addition this year the Cornwall Ceramics Trail, which begins with a communal pit firing on the beach, leads to the work- shops of many fine local potters. Gallery exhibitions will not dis- appoint. Saving their Terry Frost exhibition until October, Belgrave celebrate the work of the younger generations in September by showing first Luke Frost then Anthony. Both painters deal in colour but while Anthony juggles shapes and forms, materials and textures into punchy, vibrant ab- stracts, Luke is more measured, building up layers of intense, deceptively monochrome colour then cutting through it with a contrasting band or ‘volt’ as he refers to it. The terminology is apt – the result is electric. At Porthminster Matthew Lan- yon’s canvases both refer to and move away from his father Peter’s work, bringing his own experi- ences of travel and interest in mythology to landscapes that ab- stract from, but have at their heart, the Cornish ‘genius loci’. It is a spirit that is present too in the