The Brownston Gallery
The Brownston Gallery is one of Devon’s finest contemporary art galleries representing both established and emerging artists, nurtured and inspired by the magnificent landscapes and seascapes, and the unique way of life found in this most beautiful part of the world.
July – September
Our gallery artists have produced a wonderful body of work that captures the very essence of this particular Area of the South West. From sweeping seascapes to hidden coves, from wild moorland landscapes to detailed botanical paintings. Artists include Michael Hill, Andrew Miller, Tony Parsons, Teresa Pemberton, Emma Carter, Jennifer Wright and Charles Jamieson.
Barry Kelly – Sunny Sands. Stormy Seas
In this his first major solo exhibition, talented young artist Barry Kelly takes us on a journey round the coast and countryside of South Devon revisiting old childhood haunts and seeing them anew through the eyes of his young son.
Born and brought up in Ivybridge and a graduate of the University of Wales, Barry captures beautifully the many different aspects of a South Hams summer. “Beautiful, full-sun skies radiating heat and light across the bay. I love seeing how it brings out turquoise and greens, making our waters seem wonderfully inviting and refreshing. In stark contrast, huge, heavy clouds form quickly after a period of good weather. The atmosphere changes as the clouds gather and turn the sea even greener. When the rain finally comes, it creates beautiful patterns on the surface of the water, seen at its best when you are in it, bobbing around, feeling completely immersed”.
Each painting starts with a simple handmade sketchbook, filled with notes and drawings. Barry records what he can see, hear, feel, smell and even taste when the sea spray is really splashing high. He then goes back to his studio where he begins the long process of applying gesso, glazes, textures and script into the wet paint until he has painted his way back to the sea.
This is a sumptuous collection, full of texture and emotion. Made with love and joy.
Julie Ellis – Inner Landscapes
15 September-7 October
Julie Ellis is an exciting young artist who is fast making her mark. A recent graduate from Plymouth College of Art, Julie has found her true vocation in painting. Her hauntingly beautiful oil paintings tell stories where fables and memories collide. Past and present intermingle in the hazy light where the tangible remains fleeting and unattainable. Her skill lies in her ability to draw the viewer into each piece, to explore a new landscape and to discover new places and memories. Her work is ambiguous, intriguing and totally inspiring.