Winter Shed Show, December 18th to 5th January.

Autumn is well and truly upon us. The leaves turn and fall decorating the pavements and our thoughts turn to catching the low slung sun in the sky as it lights up the autumnal colours that bring such warmth as the days grow colder. Winter follows quickly enough and with it our annual group Shed Show.

As with our Summer show it will be held at the Malthouse in Lyme Regis and will feature as many among you as possible. This year we are delighted to be opening from Wednesday 18th and for the weekend before Christmas with a PV on Friday 20th at 6pm (some homemade mince pies will be greatly appreciated!)

From the hut by Legassick Studio

From the hut by Legassick Studio

We will highlight the work of 5/6 photographers and artists in large format and have many smaller images at affordable prices from a selection of images on the Shed Gallery site. For those ‘makers’ amongst you, painters, sculptors, print makers please let me know what you will have available or are thinking of submitting for the exhibition.

Photographers, now is the time to spend a chilly afternoon by the fire uploading those images you’ve been meaning to!!

We will make our final selection by December 1st and all original work is to arrive by Tuesday 17th December.

Portland Storm by Kris Dutson

Portland Storm by Kris Dutson

If any of the community feel they could help with manning the exhibition over the holiday days, or wish to give a talk or demonstration, please let us know and we can plan a timetable.

Winter in Lyme by Jeanne Goodridge

Winter in Lyme by Jeanne Goodridge

We’ll release further details over the coming weeks!!

Chelsea and Ben.

Manu Pola on his fellow Shed Creatives.

Comento algunos de los artistas que más me han gustado en The Shed Gallery, aunque he de decir que he visto mucho talento entre todos ellos.
I Would like to mention some of the artists in the Shed Gallery whose work I really like, although there is an abundance of talent!
Me encanta la obra de Chelsea Davine, es un claro ejemplo de Arte Abstracto que expresa elegancia, sutileza y mucho trabajo. Al ver sus obras se hace patente que han sido trabajadas cuidando el mínimo detalle y sobre todo, en mi opinión, con una fantástico sentido del equilibrio:

I love Chelsea Davine‘s work, it’s a clear example of abstract art and expresses elegance, subtlety and a lot of work. When you see it in real life you can see that every detail has been considered down to the last detail and above all, in my opinion, a fantastic sense of equilibrium.
Autumn Leaves by Chelsea Davine

Autumn Leaves by Chelsea Davine

También la utilización de colores en esta colección considero está perfectamente tratada:
The colours in this piece have been perfectly considered.
Strata by Chelsea Davine

Strata by Chelsea Davine

Sin duda tener una pieza de esta reconocida artista es un lujo para algunos afortunados.
Owning a piece by a known artist is a luxury for those fortunate enough to own one. 
El detalle fotográfico, Colin Tracy, su cámara se centra en pequeños detalles con un zoom que parece congelar momentos de la vida natural con gran precisión:

As far as photography is concerned the work by Colin Tracy whose camera is trained upon small details with such precision and seems to freeze moments of real life.

Dew on Web 1 by Colin Tracy

Dew on Web 1 by Colin Tracy

Fly on Autumn Acer by Colin Tracy

Fly on Autumn Acer by Colin Tracy

Legassick Studio, me parece un acierto la mezcla de colores neutros con otros tonos vivos para realizar este estilo “a manchas”. Sus obras representan perfectamente paisajes que a través de los colores y de la nitidez en los trazos que hace percibir los objetos más cercanos y los que se van alejando.

Legassick studio have managed to nail neutral colours with other more vibrant tones to create a ‘stained’ effect. Their work perfectly represents landscape through the use of colours and line that allow you to see objects closer and further away in the distance.

Busy summer, Lyme Beach by Legassick Studio

Busy summer, Lyme Beach by Legassick Studio

Chelsea Reach, London summer by Legassick Studio

Chelsea Reach, London summer by Legassick Studio

Rosie Nalle, impresionate el movimiento y las figuras que se funden en él, con pocos tonos de color pero con un fino manejo de los trazos. A veces como se suele decir “menos en más” y en este caso puedo imaginarme muchas cosas con muy pocos motivos. 

Rosie Nalle captures movement and the figures with a fine hand and line, sometimes less is more and in these drawings you can imagine so much more.

Undefined Parameters by Rosie Nalle

Undefined Parameters by Rosie Nalle

Undefined Parameters 3 by Rosie Nalle

Undefined Parameters 3 by Rosie Nalle

Me gusta mucho la manera de fotografiar de John Hunt, si tuviera que seleccionar el encuadre de una instantánea me gustaría hacerlo de esta forma, al ver su obra parece fácil encontrar esos puntos de atención y distribuir los espacios y elementos de la foto.

I really enjoy John Hunt‘s work and if I had to choose a way of capturing a moment I would like to do it this way. When you look at his work it seems easy to find those small details, distribution of space and elements in the photos.

Architecture with trees by John Hunt

Architecture with trees by John Hunt

Angles in the sky by John Hunt

Angles in the sky by John Hunt

Difícil saber como Stephen Banks consigue esa paz en sus fotografías, es como si los exteriores se pusieran a su servicio, al menos, hasta después de haber tomado la foto:

It’s difficult to know how Stephen Banks finds the peacefullness that is in his photos.It’s almost as if the universe has let itself be at his service until he’s taken the photo.

Cobb Lake of Mist by Stephen Banks

Cobb Lake of Mist by Stephen Banks

Sunset in May over the Bay by Stephen Banks

Sunset in May over the Bay by Stephen Banks

In conversation with Manu Pola.

‘In conversation with Manu Pola’ a Spanish artist with a rich family history of painting.
Smooth by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Smooth by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Hola Manu, dinos tus primeros recuerdos de la pintura.

Con 6 años mi abuelo paterno, César González Pola, ya era uno de los 10 pintores más relevantes de la historia de Asturias y reconocido nacionalmente, comencé a pintar en su estudio bajo su supervisión. Una de mis primeras experiencias fue cuando me encargó que pintara un vaso de cristal con agua, usando como técnica el pastel. Comencé con el dibujo pero me resultaba imposible hacer la transparencia, me pasé toda una clase de 4 horas intentándolo. Cuando todos los demás alumnos comenzaron a irse y ante mi desesperación mi abuelo vino en mi ayuda, recuerdo que mi abuelo se sentó a mi lado y con tres toquecitos por fin vi el vaso, fué una experiencia que me marcó mucho.

Green by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Green by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

¿Quien te inspira?

Respeto y aprendo mucho admirando la obra de muchos artistas, pero respondiendo a su pregunta sin duda alguna mi artista favorito es Salvador Dalí. Nunca he perseguido (ni mucho menos) seguir su estilo pictórico, es simplemente admiración hacia lo que hizo y un análisis personal sobre Dalí como persona, lo que hace que sea mi favorito. El mundo que Dalí proyectaba en sus obras, no era “un mundo real”, no pintaba la realidad, pintaba el subconsciente, más concretamente el suyo mismo. Los paisajes que envolvían a figuras, objetos y personajes me transmiten un momento de paz que pareciera estar durmiendo en vez de despierto, esta sensación me fascina. Como persona Dalí decía que él trataba de ser “como los puercos, siempre hacia delante, entre mil viscosidades”. Frases como esta hace que mi admiración como pintor se sume a mi admiración como persona.

Cavern by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Cavern by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

¿Que es que te disfruta mas de tu trabajo?

He pasado mucho años tratando de encontrar un estilo propio que me defina claramente, como muchos de ustedes sabrán esto lleva muchos años. Mi último trabajo creo que ha conseguido encontrar una linea, abstracta, tratando de transmitir el arte a través de las tonalidades, los degradados y las texturas. Está inspirado en la naturaleza y sus elementos como: cielos, puestas de sol, tierra, caminos, etc. El arte abstracto algunas veces es dificilmente apreciado por la sociedad haciendo parecer que es lo más sencillo “es una macha sin sentido”, pero en mi opinión se trata de un estilo realmente complicado donde se transmite la sutileza, el gusto y la elegancia sin contar con formas visuales facilmente reconocibles.

Red Sun (detail) by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Red Sun (detail) by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

¿Tienes momentos de creatividad?

Si, de hecho mi personalidad hace que mi pintura pase por fases de muy poca actividad, o ninguna, y otras de auténtica explosión pictorica. Estas fases creativas han ido apareciendo en diferentes momentos de mi vida, normalmente coincidiendo con alguna pequeña idea, un reto puntual o simplemente por haber visto alguna obra o paisaje que despertó de nuevo mis ganas de pintar. En mi caso siempre sucede de la misma forma empezando de una manera suave y luego intensificándose como una bola de nieve que cae por una colina.

Mi problema es que hay muchas cosas que adoro hacer en mi vida y por ello paso de una a otra actividad impulsado por las ganas incombustibles de tener de nuevo esa sensación o simplemente de sentirme vivo, de hacerlo, de ir hacia delante.

Sub Floor by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

Sub Floor by Manuel González-Pola Muñiz

¿Que son los elementos mas importantes de un buen cuadro?

Esta es una pregunta bastante ambigua en mi opinión, ¿qué es el éxito en la pintura?, ¿venderla por mucho dinero?, ¿ser reconocida por expertos?. Como todos ustedes saben hay grandes maestros que no fueron reconocidos en vida, nadie apreciaba su obra o no conseguían llegar a mostrarla al mundo, quizás debido a su vida introspectiva, tímida o con poca actividad. En mi caso personal el éxito nunca lo he sentido como una venta, ni como un comentario de determinada persona, es una suma de varias sensacionescompletamente personales. He sentido como exitosas las obras que a lo largo de un tiempo sigo sintiendo orgullo e interés al verlas, esta sería la parte interior, por otro lado siento que el éxito, y no podía ser de otra forma, es que la gente aprecie tu obra y te reconozca como artista.

Para terminar me gustaría decir a todas las personas que pintan o que quieren pintar, que no tengan miedo al sentimiento de frustación, cualquiera que sea su procedencia, creo que si así lo sientes hay que intentarlo, hay que seguir hacia delante y no tener miedo, y si lo tienes entender que es algo normal, pintar es sentir y sentir es vivir.

Manu Pola 12 de Octubre de 2013, Barcelona, España.

Fiona G. Roberts, Artist of the Week.

As Artist of the Week I’d like to say a little about my work and the work of some other Shed creatives. To be honest I actually find it quite difficult to talk about my art mainly because it’s such an intrinsic part of me that it’s fairly instinctive and not something I usually analyse in any detail. Also, when I do think about it, it provokes quite strong and sometimes difficult emotions which are private and not always easy to share.

Thames 3 by Fiona G. Roberts

Thames 3 by Fiona G. Roberts

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil and although I didn’t always have time to paint I never, ever stopped drawing. I was desperate to be creative but you could say that life got in the way. I have an insatiable curiosity and a social conscience and I got a bit sidelined by academic research. Thank goodness I eventually saw sense and returned to my first love, and to what I should have been doing all along.

I mainly work on portraits or landscapes and seascapes. These tend to be inspired by people and places from my past. I was brought up on a farm in the Lake District and I think that landscape of fells, woodland, rivers and lakes is somehow imprinted on my brain. I feel distinctly uncomfortable and exposed  in areas of flatland. I think one of the reasons I like living in a large city like London is that the  high rise buildings remind me of the looming fells and mountains of the lakes. It sometimes amuses me that I couldn’t wait to leave Cumbria but now I’m compelled to return to it in my work.

Woodland 1 by Fiona G. Roberts

Woodland 1 by Fiona G. Roberts

The influences on my work by other artists are many and varied and way too numerous to list here, but some contemporary artists I particularly admire are Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Marina Abramovic, Bill Jacklin, Justin Mortimer, Ken Currie, Kurt Jackson, Robbie Wraith and  Nathan Ford. I was so lucky and amazed to be in the same exhibition as the last three of these artists when my work was selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition last year.

I use any medium I can get my hands on but prefer oils for portraits and acrylics for landscapes/seascapes. I also use watercolours, pastels, charcoal and mixed media. I love printing especially monotypes and screen printing, and if I had room I’d love to have my own press. In fact I fantasise about concreting over the garden and building a massive, well equipped studio to replace the space I have at present  but  that’s probably not going to happen. Although I do have creative blocks they don’t usually last long and I’m generally bursting with ideas about what I want to paint or create. I’m only limited really by the number of waking hours in the day and my other commitments.

I’m truly impressed by the work of other Shed creatives and I wish I had the space here to talk about all of them. I particularly like the work of Ian Dicks.

FTSE Cameron by Ian Dicks

FTSE Cameron by Ian Dicks

He produces clever and humorous pieces of art, which are designed to look like street graffiti.

Chelsea Davine is another artist I have huge respect for. Her stunning paintings are original and arresting and I wish I had one on my wall!

First sign of Spring by Chelsea Davine

First sign of Spring by Chelsea Davine

I have always liked Paula Youen’s prints and she obviously has a keen eye as a photographer too. Hilary Buckley’s paintings are lovely and vibrant.

Rachel Talibart’s photographs are stunning and like all true experts she makes it look easy.

The Road Goes Ever On by Rachael Talibart

The Road Goes Ever On by Rachael Talibart

I love Michael Gardner’s bright and trendy images. Darren Griffin has the knack of making simple things look beautiful and a wonderful eye for colour. John Hunt’s images are different and edgy and his use of colour is also impressive. Kirsty Fenton’s mixed media and prints are stunning and intriguing. Lauren Fox’s sculptures are just amazing and it has been a real pleasure to see them in the shows. Tom Hard produces stunning views of the natural world. Jillian Hunt also manages to add something special to nature in her work.

Autumn by Tom Hard

Autumn by Tom Hard

Clearly the Shed brings together some talented people who are producing impressive work and it’s a real pleasure to be part of such a highly creative group.

News from the Barcelona Shed Gallery.

We are back into the swing of things in the Barcelona Shed gallery.

Manu helping to paint the gallery

Manu helping to paint the gallery

With a lick of paint and clean windows we’ve shrugged off the lazy summer feeling and our thoughts turn towards planning for Autumn and welcoming new clients and creative’s into the Shed.

Parcels have arrived in Spain filled with paintings by:

Fiona G Roberts and Manu Pola as well as new Cameras: Curiosas by Michelle Frederick.

Also photography by:

Andy White, Paula Youens, Caroline Collett, Christine Santostefano, Georgina Bedford, Dixsy, Ana de Lima, Philippa Gedge, Emma Burton, Lois Wakeman, Tricia Scott, Maisie Hill, John Hunt, John Gubbins, Emmanuel Chamboisser and David Walker.

The Shed Gallery Barcelona

The Shed Gallery Barcelona

Payments have been made from the Summer Show and we’ve been in touch with most of you, so check your emails and make sure that if we’ve asked you for details we have them on file and also that your profiles are up to date.

Artwork on Display

Artwork on Display

Michelle Frederick's Cameras: Curiosas

Michelle Frederick's Cameras: Curiosas