A SOLO EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
BY JENNY RYRIE RBSA
THE SALTHOUSE, NORWAY SQUARE, ST IVES, CORNWALL
26 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER 2014
Jenny Ryrie R.B.S.A. is based in Chester but spends much of her
time in Cornwall, painting the abstracted forms of rocks, headlands
and shorelines interlocked with ocean and sky; the transcendental
effects of sunlight and rain over moving water and the elusive
interactions between land and sea.
This series of recent paintings searches deeper into the dynamics
and substance of those natural energies, and the meaning to be
found in their elemental qualities.
“My paintings are about the energies and poetry of the coastal
landscape. I am moved by the underlying mystery of Nature, and
the resonance between its powerful moods and our own human
emotions. We are fascinated by the constantly changing tides and
weather, by the rolling drama both day and night of sky, sea and
land, from the sweep of the ocean to intimate details of strandline
and rock pools. Nature speaks to us but it can be an elusive
language to translate; we feel but cannot articulate. Similarly an
abstracted painting can be difficult to explain in words, but can be
understood intuitively. The paintings in this exhibition use a
vocabulary of colour, light and calligraphic line in an attempt to
decipher the language of nature, to bring us closer to its spiritual
rather than physical meaning. The creative process is for me an
ongoing journey of how to break through invisible and
metaphorical barriers of communication whether in Nature or in
painting, or even between life and death.”
Themes of light, fluidity and translucency underlie the paintings,
which are executed in water-based media on paper and canvas.
Ryrie has specialised throughout her career in an experimental
use of watercolour. She comes from a long line of watercolourists,
including her great-great-great grandfather William Evans of Eton
She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and University graduating
with an M.A. in Fine Art in 1980. She has exhibited widely, from the
Thackeray Gallery, London and Belgrave, St Ives to Canyon Road
Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Ekaterinburg
Museum of Fine Art, Russia. Between 2004 and 2006 her work
appeared regularly with Castle Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye during
the Hay Literature Festival. In March 2015 she will be exhibiting at
the Ways with Words Literature Festival at the Theatre By The
Accompanying the exhibition is a series of poems by the artist.
Their imagery is lyrical and intuitive, exploring the same elemental
themes as the paintings, but through words rather than paint.
Jenny Ryrie R.B.S.A.
Exhibition presented by The Book Gallery St Ives