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Seth by the Sea

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Suffolk born artist Seth Draper’s natural habitat is the beach. He’s a creator inspired by the coast, and a truly inventive sculptor of flotsam & jetsam.

Seth will be exhibiting his coastal inspired artwork for the first time in Scotland this summer. Echoing the golden days of British fishing Seth’s quirky fishing boats will be following the fleet up to the Found Gallery here in the harbour town of Dunbar.

Seth’s artwork is created using a selection of recycled objects such as old baked bean tins, driftwood and various other found objects, his largest piece for this exhibition even incorporates an old garden rake. The inspiration comes from anything with a coastal flavour, but focusses on fishing boats, harbour scenes and beach huts. The recycled tins are beaten flat and then cut and soldered before being painted and given an aged patina. They are then completed with driftwood and the finer details for which his work is becoming so revered.

 

In Seth, Found has found another kindred spirit and his fishing fleet are here for the summer season.  Come see them @thefoundgallery before they sail away!

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Golden Sands

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Here in East Lothian we're used to golden sands, but perhaps not quite like this!  Vivid, and elemental. That’s what best describes my favourite piece from Louise Davies new collection recently arrived at Found.

Golden Sands   31/75   Framed 16 x 16cm  £180

Louise Davies is a professional artist and a member of the RE – the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She graduated with a Fine Art Degree from St Martins and then completed an M.A. in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art in London.

 

I’m not normally drawn to yellow but there is something captivating about her ‘Golden Sands’ print. It’s abstract in feel but her delicate use of line and vibrant colour, conveys a fluid and atmospheric landscape. It’s minimal, but with sketch like detail that I love.

 

detail from Golden Sands

Being a nosey sort of creature I’m always fascinated where and how, such wonderful work is created. Louise indulged me with some pictures and answered my random questions. Here’s what I found…

 

  • What’s playing in your studio?

I  share my studio with  my friend Gail and we have radio 2 playing!

 

  • Most memorable sale?

That has got to be my Degree Show at college where I made my first few sales.  At that stage, I was just a young art student and never believed I could sell my work.

 

  • Best bit of your working day?

Apart from sitting down and chatting over a cup of tea..................it has seriously got to be when you pull the proof off your etching  press and realise ‘  Yes this print is working now! ‘

 

  • Next purchase - art/craft/design/equipment?

Intending to buy some new canvasses as I need to get more Painting done.

 

  • Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this year?

I am most looking forward to my Solo Show at Zillah Bell in Yorkshire.  I will be showing Paintings and Prints.  I just spent a weekend in Yorkshire and did some sketching in preparation to making some new work of the Yorkshire Moors.

 

Here’s a selection of Louise’s work currently showing in the gallery. Please email me at amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk with any queries.

Country Hedgerows   7/75 Framed   20 x 25cm   £230

 

 

Distant Hills   4/75 Unframed Print 30 x 30cm  £250

Red Meadows   10/75  Framed 20 x 25cm    £230

 

 

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Stunning Artwork Saws

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

“Enjoy what you love, because life is so much bigger than us.”

 

So says Dan Rawlings. A self taught artist who works with recycled tools and materials, cutting and carving them a new life.

 

 

Intricate, inventive and stunningly beautiful! I felt like a child at Christmas tearing the packaging off his creations when then arrived at Found. Such was my excitement to see his hand cut rusty saws, which he creates in rural Gloucestershire.

 

Using a variety of tools including a hand held plasma torch, files, grinders, scalpels, welders, etching chemicals and paints he tries to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free; times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.

 

Dan enjoys using sentimental objects such as old tools and farm equipment. For him they bring to mind a time when things were simpler, not easier, but the concerns of everyday people were fundamental and shared. These objects of great craftsmanship and beauty also carry a poignant message.

 

They convey his belief and concern about climate change - that rather than acting, we seem to be looking the other way. By using cast away items of once great value to conjure memories or depict nature’s beauty, he aims to convince people that what we should value is the existing, not to wish it away with dreams of material possessions.



 

And so I stood in admiration these wonderful tree studies. Fascinating and magical, Dan Rawlings is a truly talented sculptor.

 

Saws and hand carved wood block prints in the gallery now. If you’d like any more details please email Amy on amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk

 

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Latest Sea Forms by Jan

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Waves crashing against volcanic rocks that push their way up through the sea, crunching the sea foam left behind on sand, barnacles glistening in the sun, the smooth mirror of rock pools and the amazing colours the sea has to offer.  Jan Lewin Cadogan's beautiful stoneware vessels perfectly encapsulate the multitude of colours and textures of this alluring coastal scene.  

Following a move to Carmarthenshire in 2004, the landscape of the countryside and coastline motivated Jan to pursue a career in Ceramics.  Now walks along the rugged cliff tops of the coastal path of Pembrokeshire inspire her work.

She enjoys experimenting with form, lava glazes and reactive slips often comparing patterns and surfaces through multiple firings to compliment the simple forms and clean lines. She likes to think of her pots as pieces of art you can hold in your hands, bringing you some of the serenity and peace that she finds when walking along the shore and coastal paths.

Gorgeous range in the gallery from £35.  

Any queries drop us a line at amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk

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A Portrait of Derek Jones

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Derek Jones and I share a love of coffee. Freshly ground, black and usually accompanied by something very sweet. Today, as he’s preparing our morning fix, he’s left me alone in his studio.

 

For a moment it feels like a sanctuary and I soak up the lovely sense of calm. The light is diffused and my gaze drifts over a wealth of drawings pinned to every surface. Portraits in their dozens engage and captivate me; each one a testament to the intimate moment shared by artist and model. I slowly absorb the scribbled notes, swift sketches and colour swatches amidst a sea of brushes, pastels, gouache tubes and conte crayons. I feel energy.

 

Fascinated by eyes, lips and breasts, it is the way in which light falls upon flesh that informs Derek’s drawing. These tokens of sensuality have inspired a continual search, which threads through his work like a companion on a journey. As we indulge in a Sumatran roast, he alludes to the importance of personal reflection of his work as a catalyst for direction.

 

Throughout his career, he has strived to convey the sensuality of his model through the surface marks he makes. His search has thus far been realized in a huge catalogue of work across many mediums and various techniques. He has amassed not only a vast archive of material, but also a wealth of admirers and collectors.

 

After studying Fine Art at Newcastle, and working in the museum service and education, Derek has exhibited nationally and Internationally for over forty five years.

 

And still he is “always looking”. I’m drawn to a hand written quote tacked to the wall.

 

“One must still have chaos in oneself, to be able to give birth to a dancing star”. Nietzche

 

We speak of his “uncomfortable state” while drawing and the process by which he engages his paper with a sense he will make a mess from which to work his way out of. Each sitting becomes a challenge to express his fascination with the intrinsic offerings of femininity. The words of Friedrich Nietzsche clearly resonate

 

It would be fair to say that Derek Jones is a perfectionist, afflicted by a brutal introspection. I propose his pointed self-criticism may in fact be one of his best qualities and in a rare moment of ease, says of his recent work

“It’s starting to get there…”.

  

I’m doubtful Derek will ever reach a final destination, but his continual search is testament to his passion and dedication. Derek is working towards a solo show with us later in the year and is currently embracing digital technologies as part of his process. He chats with the quiet assurance of an artist at the top of his game.   Thoughts are percolating! With every muse, a quirk ignites a fascination, and a new journey begins. I’m more than excited to be presenting his work at Found. And just like his coffee, the work promises to be fresh, intense and deeply engaging.

 

Derek Jones, a solo show, opens at the Found Gallery, 84 high St, Dunbar, East Lothian, Eh42 1JH on 24th September and runs until the 8th October.

 

For any further information please contact Amy at the gallery on 01368 863030 or amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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