Thank you to all who have visited our gallery in the last five years.

To help us celebrate we are delighted to welcome seven painters who have shown their work with us previously and who have provided selected work for our group exhibition on the theme of Autumn.







Michelle Cobbin’s work is an enquiry into simplicity, she seeks uncluttered images to express composure and stillness. Her paintings look spontaneous and simple, as if they have been made in minutes. For this to happen she makes many pieces, and applying many layers before arriving in a place where emptiness, form, colour and luminosity are held in just the right balance for the overall result to appear effortless. The relationship between one colour and another is important – what mood or emotional response this evokes, whether it be calming or invigorating.


Charlie Day’s small acrylic studies of the landscape, or the accidental still life set-ups he discovers at home, are influenced by the British painters of the middle of last century, particularly those based around St Ives in Cornwall. He uses brush and palette knife techniques to build texture onto found board backgrounds.


Tori Day’s still life compositions of ‘humble things’ initially evoke a sense of another era, they appear to reference the imagery of Dutch masters and are yet contemporary. The juxtaposition of nostalgic found objects and banal modern backgrounds draw you close.


Alexander Johnson’s paintings have a strong element of storytelling although the images are abstracted. He is interested in the way we remember things in visual terms and the way shapes and colours sometimes remind us of places or people. This visual memory is personal to all of us, but it’s a skill we all have. To  get to know his subject matter he make sketches as reference material and working indirectly from them achieves a gestural and spontaneous result. ‘I don’t wait for inspiration, I’m in the studio almost every day so new ideas surface’.


Philippa Stanton’s paintings are inspired by her synaesthetic response to light, sound, taste and scent. Expressive and abstract they convey a sensory experience. Her artistic practice includes painting, photography, art direction and visual composition shared through her Instagram alter-ego @5ftinf including daily still life shots of ‘The Table’. Her recently published book ’Conscious Creativity’ explores everyday inspirations and opportunities for artistic endeavour.


Harvey Woodward’s work is inspired by urban and rural landscapes, conveying the land form and architecture, the effect of light and the human presence within a particular environment. While his work varies in both mood and style, it uses the subject to investigate the abstract possibilities of painting. Often using photography as a starting point, each image is re-interpreted and re-assembled to its own end.


John Whiting’s paintings and drawings in oil, pastel and pen & ink, aim to convey the atmosphere and changing moods of Brighton, London and places further afield. The works aim to capture an experience and to give a sense of how it feels to be lashed by a storm or washed over by sunlight. John’s technical background as an architect is evident in his compositions which feature strong lines of perspective and architectural subjects, with the interaction of people and strong light effects as recurring themes in the paintings.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 12th October – Saturday 2nd November 2019. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 5.30pm or by appointment. For further information please contact Sharon Whiting on 07792 058039.

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