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East Cliff House Gallery to host landscape exhibition

01 Nov East Cliff House Gallery to host landscape exhibition

Overlooking the River Stour at Mistley on the Essex and Suffolk border, East Cliff House Gallery hosts a group exhibition of paintings, ceramics and jewellery inspired by nature and the landscape.

Artists exhibiting are:
Sally Burch, studied at Central St. Martins and whose working practice feeds from the regular walks she takes, especially along the River Stour, with sketches and photography. Motifs and colours are collected and reconfigured as a representation of the space as an abstracted uplifting recollection.

Zara Chancellor, a Suffolk artist, Zara Chancellor was born in Cambridge. She works primarily from life using the figure, her studio and the landscape around her as subject. She studied at The Florence Academy of Art and Studio Cecil Graves in Italy.

She has exhibited in London at Gallery 27, The BP Portrait Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and The Royal Society of Oil Painters, as well as at MacManus Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Ted Toms, a realist landscape painter Ted Toms was born in Chelmsford and studied at Colchester School of Art, where he was taught life drawing and painting by some leading contemporary figurative artists, including Peter Coker, John Nash and Sir Peter Blake.

He finds inspiration for his landscape and seascape painting from the Stour Estuary, close to his studio in Bradfield in Essex and from frequent visits to the Rhine Valley in Germany. His work is in private collections in the UK, Europe and the United States.

Katherine Lees, a professional artist, illustrator and designer will be exhibiting recent landscape paintings local to her studio in Essex. Having studied at Chelsea Art School, her work encompasses a broad spectrum of skills including painting commissioned portraits and creating visual identities for businesses. She is also co-founder of Two Towers Press, an independent publishing company which has produced two Nielsen best sellers: The Cambridge Colouring Book, and The Oxford Colouring Book.

David Stone regards himself as a landscapist, but interprets that as recording the landscape he lives in rather than the classic countryside view. He has worked extensively on the subject of urban development and the boundaries at the edge of town, between the urban and the rural.

“My work could be described as recording the un-regarded. The theme of roads has grown in importance. Seen mostly as alien to the landscape, they have become an integral part of it. Nature collides slowly with the works of man at the road’s edge. They are also a metaphor for the journey and I have begun to work on landscapes of sea and rock as a place where the journey ends.”

Usch Spettigue was born in Germany and settled in England in 1963 with her English husband. She started making hand-built pottery while studying languages in Munich and went back to the craft full-time in 1973. She established her own studio at Harkstead, Suffolk in 1975.

Colourful and sculptural, her new porcelain pots are designed as one-off artefacts which retain their basic function. The jugs, while suggesting natural forms, have a variety of distinctive handles – ensuring that each one is an individual.

She has exhibited widely in East Anglia, as well as in London, the West Country, York, the United States and Germany.

Alba Jewellery is all handmade by Jacqueline Dawson in her workshop in Suffolk, where she enjoys exploring and experimenting with recycled metals, playing around with shape and texture.
“I love the idea that these metals have had previous lives, ending up being appreciated for their natural raw beauty. I often use hammering as a finish – the tiny hammer marks bringing out the depth of colour in the metal as it catches the light. Using age-old techniques and simple hand tools, my pieces celebrate the uniqueness of the handmade and the authenticity of simple design and raw metal.”