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The Turning Year

Tom had been working towards this show since the summer of 2010, becoming increasingly aware of seasonal change as a factor in his enjoyment of the visual world. This increased awareness was  demonstrated by variety in the collection, using this aspect of landscape to influence format and colour.

Tom had invited Jacob Bodilly, the then resident potter at Boscean Pottery in St Just to join him for this exhibition and he’d produced a series of stunning bottle-vases that provided a perfect three dimensional complement to his paintings and drawings. Jacob trained at Cardiff College of Art and The Leach Pottery, St Ives. He writes insightfully about this time of year on his blog: “Spring is the opportunity to review what is necessary after winter, a cleansing period from the death of winter, a time for newness and change.”

In his own recent work at that time, Tom aimed to lift images gathered from the environment into a painterly dimension. It was in putting together his previous collection, Lived-in Landscapes, exhibited in 2010 at the Chapel Row Gallery in Bath and in the Gallery at Trereife, Penzance, that he began to find real satisfaction in the way colours and textures interacted to the point where each painting or drawing seemed to take on a life of its own. Now he was pursuing that experience further by exploring variety and change.

The themes of these drawings and paintings ranged from the warm glow of house lights appearing as a winter dusk envelopes nearby Tregeseal Valley to the exuberance of Lafrowda Day celebrations on a summer afternoon in St Just; in between these extremes the show takes in a gamut of seasonal cloud formations, field patterns and even a rainbow when Tom saw it on a visit to relatives in Dunbartonshire.

The show ran from April 3rd -13th at Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery in Cornwall (TR20 8YT). Then it moved to The Gallery on the Corner, Battersea ( SW8 4BU ) from June 7th – 11th.