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The Constant Sea

An Exhibition By David Brayne 12 Sep - 3 Oct 2020

Exhibition
Works



David Brayne , - The Constant Sea


Dates

12th September - 3rd October 2020

Private View

12th September 2020
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

White Space Art - Totnes
72 Fore Street
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 5RU

About the Exhibition

The painting Grey Horse is a walk imagined. Memory can be insistent and not always accurate but I like painter Hughie O’Donoghue’s idea that ‘it is always true, it tries to represent the truth as it is felt.’

My morning begins with a walk before I go to the studio, out of the village and along the Alham, a shallow river less than 10 miles long, lying in a Somerset valley. I don’t draw from life but the walk and the time for thinking it allows offers a starting point. Occasionally, and usually on days of no particular importance, I catch at those unexpected ideas that come and can so easily evaporate. But if I keep my mind on the process and hold my focus the work will evolve and the inherent and beautiful qualities of the medium will look after themselves.

I make my own paints from raw pigments, combining them with a watery acrylic medium. I usually apply lots of layers of luminous glazes, sometimes working into the paint with pastels. This gives me colours I don’t often find with regular manufactured paint.

The cover image, The Sea Carries the Net is a nod to the poem, Night Boat on Galilee, by Pascale Petit. Just over 10 years ago I devised and curated an exhibition at Bankside Gallery on London’s South Bank. The Poet and the Painter celebrated the close relationship between poets and watercolourists. Her poem is a visceral response written upon seeing a museum exhibit of a 2000-year-old boat, recently excavated by archaeologists on the shore of Lake Galilee. I have made several paintings in response to her poem. The Sea Carries the Net, completed just before lockdown, is the most recent.

Another painting from the exhibition, The Gold Dress (back cover), is an imagined portrait that owes as much to early Italian Renaissance paintings as to the appearance of people I know. I have applied gold leaf to form a pattern on the dress. I like how it adds warmth and richness but what I find exciting is the way the colour and brightness of the gold leaf changes throughout the day.   

My paintings can be described as quiet. Most evolve over time as the ideas with which I begin develop new meanings. To misquote John Keats, ‘many things are left unsaid’. – David Brayne, July 2020

Other
Exhibitions


Exhibition  -  Upcoming
4th June 2022

In My Life

Exhibition  -  Current
30th April 2022

Encounters: Landscape, Emotion & Memory

Exhibition  -  Past
19th March 2022

Spring Collection 2022

Exhibition  -  Past
20th November 2021

Little Picture Show 2021

Exhibition  -  Past
18th September 2021

It’s A Wonderful Life

Exhibition  -  Past
16th October 2021

A Walk to the Sea