The glorious Victorian gothic Delamore House and Gardens never fail to impress, even on a grey day. Many of the rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom forming a glorious backdrop for the outdoor sculpture exhibition.
The colour and form of Philip Hearsey’s piece perfectly complement the surrounding trees and shrubs.
I would love to see this piece balanced on a rock on the seashore… I feel that the wooden base is inappropriate, although it should weather and it has wonderful sinuous markings due to the undulations in the surface resembling waves.
This was my favourite sculpture, rotating gracefully in the breeze like a ballet dancer. It was hinged in 3 different places so the form constantly and effortlessly reinvented itself.
Inside the house Kerry Lloyds outstanding watercolour and graphite works stole the show. The depth of colour in the forms which contrasted so dramatically with her soft detailed graphite drawings or rubbings was stunning.
Maria Floyd’s energetic landscapes also caught my attention, with there sense of the windswept moors and huge, moody skies.
There were exquisite etchings by Faith Chevannes, and multilayered detailed screenprints with subtle colour from Delphine Jones. Laurel Keeley showed some beautiful large ceramic forms with drawn and textured surfaces.
Lastly I had to pick out one of Annie Ward’s mixed media abstract paintings from the SWAC Exhibition for her use of layering dense matt dark colour with thin glazes that reflect the light, and scratching in exquisite lines so delicately. I love her use of tiny amounts of bright colour to draw the eye. What wonderful landscape references and sense of light!
Apologies for some poor photographs, but many of the paintings were hung so high that it was difficult to fully appreciate them. More space required for the show next time!