Galleries - May 2015

With the death of Bert Irvin in March, Trevor Bell is, at 85, one of the last survivors of a great post-war generation of British abstractionists. The only puzzle is why such a major figure has never enjoyed quite the UK reputation he should have. Huge early success may have had somethingto do with it – a major show at Bryan Robertson’s White- chapel Gallery in 1973 led to an invitation to teach in the USA and he didn’t return to the UK until 1996. That move to the USA, however, led him to paint the large, often intensely coloured, and exotically shaped canvases (curved romboids for example) for which he is now perhaps best known – and still paints with an undiminished vigour and originality. Lookingagain at the works in this month’s show at Waterhouse & Dodd, one is also particularly struck by the paradoxical delicacy of the great sweeping marks or strokes that animate these large painterly surfaces, often reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy. NU MAY 2015 GALLERIES 19 SHEFFIELD i CUPOLA CONTEMPORARY ART 174–178a Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S Yorks S6 1TD Prints & Plates. A selected open submission exhibiton. Until May 30. Showcasing the diverse and myriad processes used by contemporary printmakers. High quality prints are on display with the tools, waxes, paper, acid, inks and paraphernalia to make original works. Also two printmaking workshops led by locally based artist Sam Groom. Come and see why printmakers get so excited about this often misunderstood art. Mon–Sat 10–6 t 0114 285 2665 / 281 2154 i PETER HILL FINE ART GALLERY & STUDIO - SHEFFIELD 742 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S Yorks S11 8TB Contemporary artist Peter Hill’s work continues the long tradition of artists in their creative ambition to capture nature’s dramatic forms, gentle reflections and quixotic light. Original paintings, bespoke commissions and home design assessments. t 01142 666805 m 07534 175504 DERBYSHIRE j BUXTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbys SK17 6DA Annabel Carey: The Time of Trees. Until June 10. *ad Annabel Carey is renowned for her innovative use of materials to create her artworks. Here she has pushed boundaries by creating interchangeable diptychs and triptychs, with oil paint being the perfect medium to show the cyclical nature of deciduous, temperate trees. t 01629 533540 k PETER HILL FINE ART - CALVER MILL GALLERY - PEAK DISTRICT Bridge Cottage, Calver Bridge, Calver, Derbys S32 3XA See Sheffield gallery for details. Trevor Bell ‘Madison Spring’ THUMB nails