NOVEMBER EXHIBITION 2022

NOVEMBER 19TH – DECEMBER 4TH

Open daily 11am – 5pm

CHRISTMAS SHOW AT LANACRE BARN GALLERY

CLARE SHEPHERD

Ravens through the Valley

Clare Shepherd grew up in Taunton. The day after passing her driving test she took her parents’ car to the top of Exmoor and made her first painting on location. It has been at the core of Clare’s work since then – making working drawings and watercolours while on Exmoor and bringing them to her studio in Dorset where she works them up into large paintings. Clare is interested in describing the three distances; near, middle and far, and finding a way to stitch them together cohesively while retaining their individual characteristics. She loves manipulating the paint on a canvas.

Sitting under a heavy Sky

Clare studied at the art school in Taunton, at The Slade School of Fine Art and then went on to do a P.G.C.E at Exeter University. Alongside her painting she has run courses and classes since then in Dorset where she lives.

RUSSELL KINGSTON

SHOW LANAC RUSSELL KINGSTON RR

I work in the Slipware tradition. Its roots in North Devon are what drew me to it. Its humble origins of the everyday medieval pot to its vibrant place in today’s studio pottery are what kept me at it. My pots are made for the kitchen, oven and table to celebrate food in everyday life.

Blue Slab

Although my work is deeply rooted in the North Devon Slipware traditions, it has a freshness that sits well in any modern home and country cottage alike, marrying old techniques with newer ones,  using wet on wet slips so they bleed into one another  and slip trailers but with force to achieve splashes with feathered edges. Using slabs to mix in different textures.  Thrown then altered shapes to achieve things that can not be done on a wheel alone. The colours I have developed are fresher than traditional slipware. The goal is to be moving forwards while always looking backwards… 

NIKOS MICHALOPOULOS

Turmaline

Nikos is a Corfu-based jeweller and sculptor who draws inspiration from the rich natural beauty of Greece to create truly unique objects.

Between their workshop in London and atelier in Corfu they create process driven jewellery and sculpture inspired by movement and nature. Their small intergenerational practice combines traditional techniques with contemporary forms which manifest as distinct 

silver and gold wearables. With each piece being cast directly from the source of inspiration, every texture is unique to its object and wearer.

https://www.nikosjewellery.com

https://www.instagram.com/nikosjewellery/

LUKE MARTINEAU

The Barle at South Hill

Born in 1970, Luke attended The Heatherley School of Fine Art in London after an undergraduate degree at Oxford in English and Modern Languages, before beginning to paint professionally in the 1990s.

Luke painting in the river

Luke is a versatile painter whose output encompasses portraiture, landscape, still life and illustration. He holds regular solo exhibitions at Panter and Hall in the West End of London, which he combines with his portrait practice. Luke discovered a passion for landscape painting at an early age, and plein air painting, whether in London, on Exmoor, or on travels further afield, is still an important part of his work. In 2010 he travelled to India with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as official tour artist. His work is held in many public and private collections, including the Royal Collection. From 2013 to 2022 he was President of Chelsea Art Society.

Trees over The River Barle

Luke writes: 

‘I have been painting on Exmoor since the age of 16, and Withypool and its surroundings are deeply embedded in my artistic life and inspiration. More than thirty years on, it is still the same moorland, fields and especially the sparkle of the River Barle which put a spring in my stride, and which I dream about when I am far away from these beautiful places. This summer was so hot that on many an August day I was actually paddling midstream in the river to find my subject matter! I am drawn to the way light surrounds the figures playing in the water and how it evokes my own childhood memories. There is so much on the moor itself that it seems unnecessary to venture further – but I have included some work from Croyde and Putsborough in this latest selection of my work for Lanacre Barn.’

BELLA MARTINEAU

Ponys’ Progress

I left City and Guilds in 1994, having completed a three year degree in
Decorative Arts.
I first visited Withypool in the summer of 1995 and am as inspired now
by the wonderful landscape as I was then.

Winter Holly


I mainly paint still life and landscapes in oils, watercolour and gouache.
I work directly from the subject and try to tell a story about what I’m
looking at.
I’ve had two solo shows on the Portobello Road where I once shared a
studio.
In 2021 I became a member of the Chelsea Arts Society and have been
showing regularly with the Society for several years.
I am looking forward to to showing at Lanacre Barn this November.

DEBORAH HUDSON

Winsford Smithy Packhorse Bridge

Deborah Hudson is a contemporary artist.  She lives on the Berkshire/Oxfordshire border where she has a studio.

One of the main qualities of her work is the use of colour.  Her practice focuses on the foundation of good drawing as the basis of painting.  This is enhanced by the application of colour to define the observed space and form.

Deborah’s paintings are tranquil but quietly powerful and engaging to the viewer.

Her Exmoor connection is her uncle and aunt who lived at Lanacre and she visited them many times over the years.  She loves the area and has a deep affection for the landscape surrounding Lanacre.

The Exmoor packhorse bridges are a subject chosen especially for the Lanacre Barn Gallery exhibition.  These oil paintings are being shown for the first time.

West Lucombe Packhorse Bridge

Deborah’s practice includes oil painting, mixed media and woodblock printing.

For more information and work visit www.rookery-studio.co.uk

email info@rookery-studio.co.uk

SUE HELM

Thorn

Last autumn and winter I was without a studio because of building work. Unable to paint in the way I usually enjoy, I decided to spend several months concentrating on drawing. I made a conscious decision to restrict myself to charcoal, pencil and graphite powder and to venture no more than 20 minutes from our cottage at the bottom of the Punchbowl. 

Punchbowl, wind and Rain

I revisit the Punchbowl for my art constantly; the changing seasons and light make it a new subject on each occasion. The trees at the top of the bowl are contorted and split by the elements and are also a constant in my art. 

Contact: https://susiehelmart.co.uk/

MERLYN CHESTERMAN RE

Windswept



Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Merlyn grew up in Hong Kong, returning to England to study Fine Art under Adrian Heath and Howard Hodgkin. She
became a woodblock printmaker in 2000, after a visit to Northern China. She has work in the collections of the V&A in
London, The Ashmolean in Oxford, The Edward James Foundation at West Dean College, and with private collectors.
She has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and with the Society of Painter-Printmakers at
Bankside and with the Society of Wood Engravers. She was the signature poster artist for the Guanlan Resident
International Artists in China and was an invited artist at the Shanghai International Printmaking Show. She currently

Equinox at Sunset


exhibits in galleries around the UK and overseas.
Merlyn set up a collaboration of woodblock printmakers 9 years ago, known as Pine Feroda. The group are lan Phillips,
Judith Westcott and Merlyn. They make large scale woodcuts. She and colleague Rod Nelson wrote Making Woodblock
Prints, published by Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1-84797-903-2 and are currently writing a sister volume, Twenty concepts in
Woodblock Printmaking.
Merlyn is a year-round swimmer, and her work often reflects the Atlantic, and the local environment.

NANCY BIXBY

‘BROXAP Tree Grate (without tree), Lynmouth’

“Happy are those who see beauty in modest spots where others see nothing.” This quote by Camille Pissarro resonates with all aspects of my work. I explore the unassuming and overlooked relationship between nature and the often decorative and carefully designed manmade structures that work quietly for us: the manhole covers, drain grates and grilles around and within which those plants we often call weeds, find a tenacious way to survive are the focus of my oil paintings.

‘Harts Tongue Fern in drain, Machine Cross’

nancybixby@btinternet.com

01398 322807.

GEORGINA MACMILLAN

I am a photographer/visual artist based in Bristol recently graduated from University of the West of England in BA Photography (hons). Throughout my degree I have been drawn to socially documenting a place and its people, exploring the fundamentals of their life. 

Growing up on Exmoor I have always been fascinated by the way that the landscapes changed form, admiring the bleakness and ecology that isolates them from the formations of the rest of the country. The sweeping valleys and the weathered trees are all part of this unique location. In order to capture these landscapes, I use a Hasselblad analogue camera, that I find mimics the withered landscape in its form. A cameras age that represents the age of the moors on Exmoor. 

BRONWEN COE

www.bronwencoe.net

Instagram: bronwenstephcoe

Facebook: Bronwen Coe

“Rescuing the Trees”

Bronwen’s background is in Music and Plants.

A lot of her work has a surreal and mystical flavour to it. Her passion has always been to explore the hidden and mystical qualities of the natural world, bringing into relationship both the general and the particular; material and symbolic subjects, delving behind the structures of that world in order to present some kind of intimation of visible and invisible worlds. This involves a diversity of images, which nevertheless arrive at a resonance with each other.

“Rescuing the Trees

In 2020 she embarked on an ongoing project ‘Theatre of Trees’. This has progressed into collections of a variety of arboreal work and a gallery of small wood sculptures.

The ‘Rescuing the Trees’ series was triggered by a mass felling of some 100 trees a mile from her home. Shocked and dismayed by such an act of gross vandalism she found some salve through immersing herself in these pieces. By putting them out there she hoped it might raise awareness of the plight of trees everywhere.

LOUIS DOWN

‘Glass’

Sports photographer and videographer. For this exhibition Louis has taken to the sea to explore natures’ patterns of the underwater world.

Jo Minoprio

“French Coastal Waters” my Fabulous Fish

Fish have always been my passion, ever since I was given my first fly rod on my fifth birthday. The fish image has invaded almost every creative endeavour throughout my artistic career, that was until I was captured by the Exmoor hedgerow!

During Covid I decided I needed a new venture, and seeing as I had been playing with the idea of printing fish for several years this became a now or never moment.

The excitement has been mounting and it has taken three years before I have felt ready to expose these creatures of the sea (in this case) in all their detailed glory. 

I do hope you will enjoy them as much as I do, not just with the memory of some delicious meal you had in some wonderful fish restaurant, but with the admiration of their form and beauty, as precious as some amazing piece of art!

“Fabulous Fish ” French Coastal Waters

CHRISTMAS SHOW AT LANACRE BARN GALLERY

SAT NOVEMBER 19TH – SUN DECEMBER 4tCExhibitorClare ShepherdClare Shepherd grew up in Taunton. The day after passing her driving test she took her parents’ car to the top of Exmoor and made her first painting on location. It has been at the core of Clare’s work since then – making working drawings and watercolours while on Exmoor and bringing them to her studio in Dorset where she works them up into large paintings. Clare is interested in describing the three distances; near, middle and far, and finding a way to stitch them together cohesively while retaining their individual chcteristics. She loves manipulating the paint on a canvas.Clare studied at the art school in Taunton, at The Slade School of Fine Art and then went on to do a P.G.C.E at Exeter University. Alongside her painting she has run courses and classes since then in Dorset where she lives.

jo minoprio exmoor artist