Exhibitions

“EXMOOR TO THE SEA”

2017  September Saturday 23rd – October Sunday 8th     everyday 11am-6pm

Lanacre Barn Gallery is having an exciting exhibition with a variety of professional and emerging artists in conjunction with Somerset Art Works Festival.  For those of you who are passionate about Exmoor and the North Devon/Somerset coast then this is the show for you. With a large  variety of styles and mediums;  oil, watercolour, ink, photography. We also have Niko, an amazing  jeweller from Corfu, with strong connections to Exmoor, who is bring new work, never seen before. There will be something for everyone, set in a spacious gallery, with a large number of pictures hanging. All set in the glorious wilderness of Exmoor, from which the artists have taken their inspiration

Leo Davey,    Louis Down,   Miranda Johnston,   Jessamy Keily,    Luke Martineau, Niko Michalopoulos   and   Jo Minoprio

NIKO MICHALOPOULOS

Niko has been creating innovative sculpture-jewellery in various materials for the past 45 years. Much of his work is inspired by the sea and countryside of Corfu where he has lived all his life. His workshop/gallery, based in the old part of Corfu town, is a showcase for his art which pushes the boundaries of what we understand as jewellery without compromising its accessibility or wearability.

Niko works in 18 carat gold, Sterling silver and bronze as well as wood and stone. Much of his work has an organic feel to it reflecting his love of natural forms found in water, rock and olive wood. He has exhibited in London, Athens and Vienna and has a loyal international following built up over many years. Niko also takes commissions and believes in working closely with his clients to create a work of art that compliments their personality and life style.

As well as showing some of his classic pieces at Lanacre, Niko will be bringing some of his new work specially designed for this exhibition.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram or on our website  www.nikosjewellery.com                      or e-mail :  info@nikosjewellery.com

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LEO DAVEY

Leo trained as an illustrator at Falmouth. He has become well established with his detailed illustrative watercolours, however his latest work sees him branching out into different media, creating exciting painterly landscapes which are remarkably different to his previous work.

In recent years Leo has won the “Evolver Prize”, he has regularly shown at the RWA (this year he was a prize winner), has had paintings in “The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour” and “The Sunday Times Watercolour competition 2012, 2013 & 2014” at London’s Mall Galleries and won the competition’s “Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize” in 2015.

Gorse and Heather North Hill
Gorse and Heather North Hill
Minehead Through Woodcombe
Minehead through Woodcombe
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Barle at Lanacre
Porlock Wier
Porlock Weir

 JINKS ART

Jinks Art is the moniker for Jessamy Keily, an Exmoor artist specialising in pen and ink. Inspired by the wildlife and natural forms around her within the National Park and beyond, Jessamy took to capturing these unique shapes and patterns with traditional dip pen and ink, occasionally using watercolours to add vibrancy. She focuses on nature but is particularly inspired by the Exmoor wildlife.Her eye-catching “Dark Skies” series of iconic Exmoor animal shapes expressed as a night sky highlights Exmoor’s standing as one of the best places to see stars in Europe.

She is also fascinated by the sea and her “fish mandala” series captures the patterns of underwater dives and vibrant seascapes. She is continually pushing the boundaries of ink work, using a range of techniques from fine lines to broad abstract pieces. Jinks Art is becoming an icon of the Exmoor area and her pieces of work are now collector items.    Her website can be found at: http://www.jinksart.com and she is open to commissions.

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Dark Skies
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Rams Head

 

 

MIRANDA JOHNSTON          www.mirandajohnstonart.com   

“Living and roaming on Exmoor I often have chance encounters with wildlife. In my paintings I try to capture that moment of intense mutual observation before they disappear.

Every painting of mine presents me with exciting challenges, I love exploring the medium of oil paint to see how I can render the textures, light and atmosphere.

I enjoy spending time researching and observing my subjects which helps me to appreciate even more how lucky I am to live in such a unique and special place that enriches my life so much.”

Miranda

LUKE MARTINEAU

Luke Martineau has been painting on Exmoor for over 30 years, having spent almost every summer of his life in the village of Withypool, where his family have owned a cottage since the 1950s. His travels with easels and brushes have taken him from the banks of the River Barle to Cambodia and Hong Kong, from Venice to New York, and to India, where in 2010 he accompanied Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as official Tour Artist.

Luke has established a reputation in the UK as a landscape painter but he is also in demand for his portraits – he especially enjoys the informality of family conversation pieces and is currently working on half a dozen commissions. He has work of different kinds – landscapes, still life and portraits – in many private and public collections, including Eton College, the Middle Temple and The Royal Collection.Since 2014 Luke has also been President of the Chelsea Art Society.

http://www.lukemartineau.com            www.facebook.com/lukemartineauartist

In the river, Sherdon Hutch
In the River, Sherdon
Fishing for Minnows oil on board 8 by 11ins copy
Catching Minnows

 

JO MINOPRIO

Jo continues with her fascination for the iconic Beech Hedges of Exmoor. Bringing out her more ‘designer’ side she continues to explore the effects that man has had on our landscape over the last two hundred years since the Royal Forest was tamed. We think our surroundings are natural and wild when actually they have been modelled by the way we have cut, laid, or left our endless miles of hedgerows. They have become exquisite sculptures in the Exmoor landscape, and Jo never ceases her search to capture the best of them.

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Rain Beyond
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Yellow Line-Up
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Rain Clouds

 

 

LOUIS DOWN

An energetic and exceedingly creative emerging artist, who is looking to express his individuality through making the ordinary look special

 

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Beach

 

 

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Water

 

 

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Layers
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Water through Wood

 

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Wet
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Old Wood

 

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Saunton I

LAST YEAR 2016

2016 –  ILLMINSTER ARTS CENTRE  November 28th – December 23rd    in a Christmas exhibition, at the Illminster Arts Centre, East St. TA19 0AN

Jo won a place in this Christmas Show by winning the public vote  with her Saunton Sands photograph at the Illminster Art Centres’ annual photographic competition.

She showed three large photographs of  her new “Tree top designs”, one seen below, which had not been seen before.

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2016  NOVEMBER  at No.4 THE GALLERY, BROOK ST.  BAMPTON  EX16 9LY

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A selection of mostly new paintings, continuing on with my beech hedges and large Exmoor skies, surprise surprise, I am still in my “tree period” ! No.4 promotes local arts and crafts and shows a lovely selection of pottery, textiles, jewellery and paintings. It is well situated next to Toucan, a café selling lovely homemade food.

2016 – Somerset Open Studios   Sep 17th – Oct 2nd   Lanacre Barn Gallery, Landacre, Withypool, Exmoor  TA24 7SD

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Jo  showed a new collection of large format photographic images, drawing her inspiration , as ever, from the magical Exmoor Beech . In particular her latest project photographing the few remaining Stells or Sheepfolds on the Moor.

Also showing was a selection of paintings, watercolour and ink, subjects mainly the beech tree and hedge.  Jo is moving slightly towards the more graphic image, influenced by the ridged  form of the hedges and their repetitive nature.

2016 –  “Find a Tree”  Exhibition October 3rd-29th at The Illminster Arts Centre

Jo exhibited alongside Gordon Fields and several others who share her passion for trees. Tree circles or ‘Stells’ have been occupying her thoughts throughout this year !

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Stell

 

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