Every new year, for me, starts with resolutions often linked to initial plans for projects. This year an artistic project on my horizon is a September 2018 exhibition at Bodmin Shire Hall. This will be my fourth show to be held there and the first since my recovery from the serious illness that dominated 2017 for me. Emerging from the shadow of cancer into a time of hope has already defined for me a central theme, that of reprieve, of being spared. The upcoming exhibition will no doubt revolve around wanting to communicate the joy of that experience in one way or another.
The collection will no doubt evolve over the next few months as new pieces are added and others perhaps are removed. All will be new since the last show I held at the Shire Hall in 2016. Here are some brief thoughts about two recent additions and links to their pages on my recently re-launched website:
Winter oak among houses and Houses among trees are both winter solstice light paintings inspired by aspects of my immediate neighbourhood here in St Columb Major in Cornwall.
The first ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/winter-oak-among-houses/ ), a vertical composition, uses the shapes of two adjoining houses and the glorious image of a sunlit winter oak glimpsed beyond and between them to express something of the warmth of neighbourly feelings that I experience.
The second ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/houses-among-trees/ ), takes this idea further in terms of a wider neighbourhood. In this case trees in particular provide enveloping forms that contain the houses.
As so often in my work it is the interaction of varied colours that is my true medium of expression, hopefully telling you something of the refreshed sense of wonder that is accompanying my recovery, my reprieve.
Both paintings are available at a 30% pre-exhibition discount until April. Click images or text links above for further details.