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To the Lighthouse

Sarah Bowman

22 February - 4 March 2017

Join us for the private view of this much anticipated exhibition. View the paintings and meet the artist. Wednesday 22 February, 7-9pm. Fizz and nibbles.

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“One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, It’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy.” 
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

THESE paintings chart the progress of a continued journey for Sarah as she explores her response to the world around her. In a year when we have witnessed turbulent change, these paintings offer an antidote with their calmness and serenity. There is a focus on the everyday and the ordinary, on the reassurance of familiar objects and nature that surrounds us. Uncertainty in the real world is counterbalanced here by the comfort of complementary colour, composition, light and seasonality. Witness the glow in the sky in Morning Light, the recognisable turning of time in The Glorious Autumn. While the richness of palette in The Clock Struck Twelve and To the Lighthouse, for example, display a gentle evolution in style.

A recurring compliment heard in the gallery is “these are optimistic paintings”. Sarah imbues her work with freshness and light. How this is achieved is partly subconscious, but she is also aware of the meditative process involved in her muted, abstracted still lifes. Motivated by artists such as Breon O’Casey whose mantra was to keep “taking away”, until, in Sarah’s words, there is just a “gentle hum, a flickering of colour”. A simplicity. This is echoed in the still life window views, where narrative elements such as gardeners and sailors, or inanimate objects like a teapot on the windowsill, hint at an ongoing story. Yet, it is enough just to be there, to lose oneself in the moment, “to be level with ordinary experience”.

  • Anemones by Sarah Bowman
  • The Fishermen by Sarah Bowman
  • Cornish Mug and Pear by Sarah Bowman
  • Sheep on the Hill by Sarah Bowman
  • Flying Solo by Sarah Bowman
  • Drawn to the Valley by Sarah Bowman
  • Sweetpeas and Cow Parsley by Sarah Bowman
  • Pears on Purple by Sarah Bowman
  • Five Pears by Sarah Bowman
  • Three Pears, Two Spoons by Sarah Bowman
  • The Apple Bowl by Sarah Bowman
  • Slotted Spoon by Sarah Bowman
  • Boating in the Brecons by Sarah Bowman
  • The Glorious Autumn by Sarah Bowman
  • Across to the Moor by Sarah Bowman
  • Fish Supper by Sarah Bowman
  • Garden Flowers, Market Jug by Sarah Bowman
  • Tulips, Summer Cove by Sarah Bowman
  • Lily of the Valley  by Sarah Bowman
  • Afternoon Tea by Sarah Bowman
  • Fish and Chips by Sarah Bowman
  • Sheltered Harbour  by Sarah Bowman
  • Morning Light by Sarah Bowman
  • Harvest Time by Sarah Bowman
  • To the Lighthouse by Sarah Bowman
  • The Clock Struck Twelve by Sarah Bowman
  • Pears on Blue by Sarah Bowman
  • Three Oranges by Sarah Bowman
  • Zigzag Jug and Oranges by Sarah Bowman
  • Three lemons by Sarah Bowman
  • Pears on grey by Sarah Bowman
  • Zigzag Bowl on Green by Sarah Bowman
  • Pink Chairs and apples by Sarah Bowman
  • Oranges Are The Only Fruit by Sarah Bowman
  • Blue Chairs by Sarah Bowman

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