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26th September 2018
'Two Close' 2018 80 x 110
An excerpt from the Sarah
Wiseman Gallery late September newsletter...
"Peter Lanyon's series of
paintings of the St Just district from the 1950s were central to
Henrietta Dubrey's solo exhibition 'Genius Loci'. Lanyon felt he had a
physical and emotional connection to this place,
having been born here, and Henrietta Dubrey, living and working in this
same area of Cornwall,
wanted to explore the landscape that they share.
Read on to learn more about the influence of Peter Lanyon on Henrietta
Dubrey's work for 'Genius Loci'..."
Henrietta Dubrey |Genius
A Painterly Response by
Henrietta Dubrey to works by Peter Lanyon.
Until 6th October.
By sharing the same stretch
of Cornish coast, contemporary painter Henrietta Dubrey has found a
kindred soul in the modern British artist Peter Lanyon. Although separated
by decades, the two artists are each moved by their surrounding landscape
and a particular affection for the stretch of coast between St Ives and
Land's End. In his centenary year, Henrietta Dubrey has been excited by
the idea of 'the possibility of creating, in my own painting language a
series of paintings based upon my experience of living and working in the
particular place that so many of Lanyon's iconic images depict.'
It is important to emphasise
the significance of Peter Lanyon's legacy and relevance not only to
Cornwall, but to British Modern art. Peter Lanyon was a key member of the
St Ives Group, alongside Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron
and Roger Hilton among others. Lanyon was the only native Cornishman, with
the other artists in the group having migrated from London following the
outbreak of the second world war. His connection to the landscape was
deep, reaching the subterranean worlds of the tin mines to the skies
above. His paintings are made from many differing perspectives. Lanyon
understood that our response to landscape is psychological as well as
physical. As such his paintings are multi-layered constructions, with
intersecting shapes and marks:
'He made quick paintings
using a notational system of dabs, squiggles, drips and lines, not
necessarily recording the appearance of a location but rather through
spatial order, rhythm and repetition representing a feeling of a place,'
'Peter Lanyon, the most
Cornish of all these [St Ives Group Artists] seemed more particularly
connected to the immediate landscape, abstracting it in a wonderfully
expressive and gestural manner,' says Henrietta Dubrey.
For her own response,
Henrietta has looked to Cornwall's ancient landscape through Peter
Lanyon's eyes, whilst tuned in to her own understanding and deep affection
for the landscape. She takes in not only the irresistible beauty of the
coast, but its pock-marked scruff from the old tin-mines, its sea ravaged
and worn ancient walk-ways and 'slithery mud'.
14th to 16th September 2018
Breeze Art Fair in the
grounds of Trereife House just outside Penzance, Cornwall.
13th September 2018
The eve before 'Breeze'.
New drawings to frame,
Georgia Stoneman Fine Art.
9th September 2018
Open Doors Oxford.
The Blavatnik School of
Government - coupled with 35mm film print from 'Genius Loci'. Sarah
Wiseman Gallery, Oxford.
8th September 2018
An excerpt from the Sarah
Wiseman Gallery September newsletter...
Art collectors can play a
vital part in an artists's career.
Henrietta Dubrey's work is in many important private collections,
read more about Jeremy Mogford's interest in Henrietta Dubrey's work over
Henrietta Dubrey | Genius
A Painterly Response by
Henrietta Dubrey to works by Peter Lanyon
Until 6th October
There are a myriad of
motivations behind purchasing art but the most experienced collectors
often cite that artists open up new ways of looking at the world. Art
allows them to engage with ideas that they find personally rewarding and
purchasing an artwork connects them with something that enrich their
lives. Owning art is therefore a form of very personal self-expression and
many of us delight in sharing a deeper version of ourselves through our
Many serious art collectors
follow artists' careers, purchasing artworks at different points, from
significant gallery exhibitions or at times of new developments in their
practice. Perhaps first coming across their work in early exhibitions when
just out of art college, seeing something in their work that resonate and
spark an interest and curiosity in what they will achieve next. An art
collector can in this way act as a supporter of an artist, to encourage
creation and be a vital part of an artist's journey alongside their
Jeremy Mogford, owner of
Gee's, the Old Bank Hotel, Quod, the Old Parsonage Hotel, and his wife
Hilary have been avid art collectors for well over 40 years. Their strong
interest is evident from the many artworks that line the walls of these
beloved Oxford establishments. The couple first came across Henrietta
Dubrey's work in one of her first solo exhibitions in the 1990's:
"Her refreshing abstract
style struck an immediate chord and I'm pretty sure we bought more than
twelve of her wonderful paintings there and then."
They have continued to buy
Henrietta's paintings over the years and her works have found their place
throughout their house and into many of the Old Bank Hotel bedrooms. For
example, if you are staying in Room 1 at the hotel you can enjoy the
painting 'The Bassin', a large abstract piece in muted olive green, rusty
pink and black from an early stage in Henrietta Dubrey's career.
Mr. Mogford kindly agreed to
write the introduction to the 'Genius Loci' exhibition catalogue which
seems fitting as the exhibition represents an important body of work in
Henrietta' practice, a defined, extensively researched project marking the
centenary of Peter Lanyon's birth, exploring connections with his
paintings of Cornwall and Henrietta's experience of the landscape.
8th September 2018
Preparing for the opening of
'Genius Loci' at Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford.
5th September 2018
With 'Cape Couple' in the
studio, earlier in the summer. The painting is at this moment being
hung ready for the opening
of 'Genius Loci' at Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford this coming Saturday.
3rd July 2018
Sarah Wiseman (left) comes to Cornwall to see the work for 'Genius Loci'
26th June 2018
Studio photos from April to
June giving a glimpse of the progress of 'Genius Loci'
ahead of the opening of my solo exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery in
8th June 2018
Pan and the Dream
La Belle et la Bête
8th June 2018
The following text is taken from the exhibitions
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
A painterly response by Henrietta Dubrey to works by Peter Lanyon
8 September - 6 October 2018
Sarah Wiseman Gallery is proud to present Genius Loci, an exciting new
solo show by one of the U.K's premier contemporary artists, Henrietta
Responding to the works of British painter Peter Lanyon (1918-1964)
Henrietta will centre the exhibition around the landscape of Cornwall,
namely the stretch of coast between St Ives and Lands End, where she now
lives and works, and where Peter Lanyon lived and died.
Henrietta Dubrey's paintings oscillate between figurative elements and
abstraction. Semi-autobiographical, Henrietta's paintings are recognisable
by their bold lines and shapes that form a 'gestural web'.
Peter Lanyon is one of the most highly regarded British modern painters
and was a key artist in the St Ives Group. His works explored the Cornish
landscape, with a particular interest in abstraction. He is perhaps most
famous for taking up gliding, the aerial views of the landscape informing
his later paintings.
As Henrietta explains, 'It is the centenary of the birth of Peter Lanyon.
I thought it would be exciting to explore the possible connections with
some of the paintings that he made of the area immediately surrounding
where I live.'
'The paintings I intend to make will, most probably be abstract in nature
and all be a direct response to his technique, subject matter and
location. I have always admired Lanyon's work and would like to use this
as an opportunity to engage more fully with his paintings and those of
other painters who have worked in this beautiful yet rugged landscape
running from St Ives to Lands End.'
Graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in 1992, Henrietta Dubrey's
paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at
the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, and are in notable private
collections such as DeBeers and the Mogford group. She has exhibited with
Sarah Wiseman Gallery since 2015 with paintings exhibited in the group
shows 'Line and Surface' in 2016 and 'Identities' in 2017, an exhibition
profiling the work of contemporary women artists. This will be her first
solo exhibition with Sarah Wiseman Gallery.
21st May 2018
21st May 2018
Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives
19 May until 30 September 2018
29th April 2018
25th April 2018
22nd April 2018
21st April 2018
3rd April 2018
Swizzle sticks from
1st April 2018
Signing - Limited edition
30th March 2018
24th March 2018
17th March 2018
Framed screen print of
This is a hand made silk
screen print (not a giclee print),
made by professional print maker David D'Silva
who has several decades of experience in the medium, in his
workshop in St Just to the west of Penzance in Cornwall, U.K..
It has over twenty 'separations', which means the same number of
'pulls' or layers of ink each requiring careful analysis of the colours
in the painting, hence not all layers cover the entire print,
and is a process which itself requires a true artist's eye.
The edition is limited to
50, signed and numbered by the artist, with 2 artist's proofs (shown
Image size is 42 cms h x
29 cms w.
The print is available
from Edgar Modern in Bath, U.K., either unframed
(paper size 57 x 42 cms), price £245.00,
or framed as shown above which is 63 x 50 cms, price £295.00.
14th March 2018
A trip to London
including a visit to the Lanyon exhibition at
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert in St James's.
Peter Lanyon in the window.
6th March 2018
A winter walk on the cliff
top between Botallack and Levant.
Information and inspiration towards the solo exhibition 'Genius Loci' in
September in Oxford.
15th January 2018
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