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The Stour Gallery Summer Exhibition 2014

Bruce McLean 
Barbara Rae RA
Opening: Saturday 19th July 12-5pm and Sunday 20th July 11-4pm
The exhibition continues throughout the summer

Early Summer Exhibition 2014

PETER BEARD New Ceramics and Sculpture

Saturday 7 June 12 - 5  and  Sunday 8 June 11 - 4  2014

Peter Beard creates works of art in ceramics, bronze and stone which combine technical skill with innovation, craftsmanship with ingenuity, passion with intellect. Each piece is unique and intriguing, each invites us to look and feel, to make associations with personal experiences and recall memories from our past.

Much of the work is inspired by nature, particularly landscape and its formation by the forces of wind and water. Nothing is treated literally; these are the starting points for explorations which Peter develops in his studio.    

David Dewing Historian and Director of the Geffrye Museum London

This exhibition follows his highly acclaimed solo exhibition at Rufford Ceramics Centre.  Peter Beard’s work is held in national and international collections.


James Campbell trained as a potter, and became part of the movement towards sculptural ceramics.  However he has always drawn and painted, in Scotland, Wales on the Pembroke Coast, and more recently Worcestershire and the Cotswolds; absorbing the romance of some of the most beautiful landscape in Britain into his work.

It is his paintings and drawings that are being featured with Peter Beard’s ceramics and sculpture in this exhibition, two artists informed by aspects of landscape and seascape.

The National Museum & Gallery of Wales have both paintings and ceramics by James Campbell in their collection.



The Stour Gallery has always shown paintings, original prints and sculpture from Cornwall, particularly from the Penwith and Newlyn Societies. Artists continue to be drawn to the peninsula, contributing to the reputation of the area as one of the country’s most important creative centres. The opening of Tate St. Ives in 1993 has helped to rejuvenate St. Ives, Newlyn and Penzance as an art colony, as has the redevelopment of Porthmeor Studios and new studios in Newlyn and Redruth. West Penwith is a place governed by a largely unchanging landscape, dramatic seascapes and a unique quality of light, features that continue to inspire artists and contribute to the making of art that has a wider than Cornwall, national and international relevance.

artists include: Sandra Blow RA, Chris Buck,  Neil Canning, Jessica Cooper RWA, John Emanuel, Anthony Frost, Terry Frost RA, Catherine Headley, Janette Kerr PRWA, Biddy Picard, Simon Pooley, John Maltby, Daphne McLure, June Miles RWA, Breon O'Casey, Jane O'Malley

Gallery open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30 or by appointment. Closed Thursday.

Winter Exhibition 2013


including artists: Angela A’Court ps, Libby January ps, Jane Wheeler, Pricilla Mouritzen, John Maltby, Sasha Wardell, Martin Andrews, Emily Myers, Andrea Bates, Jane Gibbs, Jake Lever, Jill Jeffreys, Martin Smith, Jude Jelfs Royal Academicians

Paintings, prints, ceramics, glass sculpture and jewellery

Gallery open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30 or by appointment. Closed Thursday.

Autumn Exhibition 2013

including artists: Jo Ashby, James Campbell, Clifford Fishwick, Debbie George, Michèle Griffiths, Catherine Headley, Janette Kerr PRWA,
Margaret McLellan, Daphne McClure, Jonathan Pitts, Marc Reilly, John Maxwell Steele, Royal Academicians

Gallery open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30 or by appointment. Closed Thursday.

Summer Exhibition 2013


Royal Academicians: Sandra Blow, Maurice Cockrill, Sir Terry Frost, Donald Hamilton Fraser, John Hoyland, Barbara Rae.
Paintings, prints, ceramics, glass sculpture and jewellery including
Ceri Richards etching Christopher Marvell bronze John Ward ceramic Martin Andrews glass Gallery jewellers
Gallery open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30 or by appointment. Closed Thursday.

Spring Exhibition 2013

The Stour Gallery has shown and sold Simon’s work for fifteen years to those who respond to the strong colour and tonal qualities of the paint, to the sense of mystery of what might be just under the surface of land and sea and the marking of ancient paths. Simon's architectural training enables him to dispense with much a more obvious painter might include, by ensuring the structure is always there. His handling of paint, his over painting that depends so much on earlier marks and colour; his ability to create and reflect mystery, his drawing that lets a simple line convey a form, are all skills that are strongly evident in this new body of work.

The paintings are of Cornwall; its ancient settlements, landscapes, sea, sky and harbours, in all its sharp light and tonal beauty. Many painters find inspiration for their work in Cornwall - the requisite essentials are all there, few succeed as Simon succeeds, in reducing to essential but recognisable form and colour what lies below and above the surface of land, sky and sea. Sarah Stoten

Simon trained as an architect qualifying in 1980 and practised in Sheffield for twelve years before moving to Cornwall in 1992 to paint full-time. He works in a studio near Land's End and his paintings are exhibited in major galleries in Britain and abroad. As his reputation has grown his work has become greatly sought after. Simon is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. He continually returns to the discipline of drawing, always carrying a sketchbook, his paints in his studio where his drawings, paradoxically, are rarely directly referred to. "I seem to have had a pencil in my hand for most of my life. The work I do in the studio is based on memory; my drawings are often used for reference. I hardly ever transpose the pencil lines in my sketchbook as paint onto the canvas. The drawing is an
aide-memoir, once made it is stored in my mind and becomes an imprint of a specific moment in time. If I've drawn it, I'll remember it. " Simon Pooley

Simon's drawings and paintings continue to develop in breadth of style and subject, and sheer ability to paint with skill, strength and spirit. He has managed to free himself from the disciplined, detailed accuracy demanded by architecture and has adopted a flexible, flowing style. His paintings are energetic and full of life; his is enhanced by the different techniques and media used; from brushes and pencils to scratching through the paint and the use of collage.

Winter Exhibition 2012

ANGELA A’COURT pastel society
Opening 23 November 2012

together with Martin Andrews, Lyn Antley, Sir Peter Blake, Sandra Blow RA, Eleanor Clutton-Brock, James Campbell, Karen Christie, Clare Conrad, Jessica Cooper RWA, Louise Darby, Terry Frost RA, Debbie George, Mark Hanvey, Peter Hayes, Rachel Higgins, Ashley Howard, James Kerr, Priscilla Mouritzen, Marcus O'Mahony, Elizabeth Raeburn, Mark Raggett ARWS, Mary Rich, Laura Sednaoui, Tessa Tyldesley, John Ward, Sasha Wardell and Peter Wills,

Please visit our website from 12 November: www.thestourgallery.co.uk
Angela A’Court will have approximately 40 paintings in the exhibition
Many pieces will be suitable for gifts.
Work may be bought on receipt of an invitation and taken at the time of purchase.
The exhibition continues into February 2013
You are welcome to visit the gallery simply to enjoy the work
The gallery is open: Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30 or by appointment

‘I love walking into the studio each morning - chalky sticks of soft pastel lined up in rows of grouped and gradated colours. The idea of holding raw pigment and applying it directly makes sense to me. For the most part, painting is a joyful process. From the first lines, to building up areas of colour into solid and then scratchy textured layers to define contours that describe the tensions and gestures between forms. Whether printing or painting - it all comes down to observation, an equivalent of a visual diary. I draw and paint what surrounds me and what I love. I seek to capture the impact of excitement and emotion that first made me stop and take note.’ Angela A'Court Angela A'Court is a British artist, originally from London who lives and works in New York. She studied at West Surrey College of Art, U.K. Goldsmiths' College, University of London and Parsons School of Art and Design, New York. Since graduating she worked as an interior designer for an architectural practice and then independently as a designer. Her work has been recorded in various magazines, Homes and Gardens, The Sunday Times, Traditional Interiors and Period Living. It has also been included in books such as 'Interiors by Design' and 'Modern Rustic'. “Throughout my years as a designer I always had a sketchbook to hand and have continued to paint. After fifteen years as a designer, I took the decision to return to painting full time, and two years after this I moved to New York where I now have my studio.” Angela was elected a member of the UK Pastel Society in 2009. She exhibits in the UK and USA


AUTUMN EXHIBITION 2012 - 14 September - 17th November

New work. Michèle will have approximately 40 paintings in the exhibition

The exhibition features the work of Michèle Griffiths and will include work by
Angela A’Court ps, Julie Collins, Debbie George, Andrea Humphries, John Pickering and Geoffrey Robinson

Angela A’Court ps will be the featured artist in our Winter exhibition opening in November.

The Stour Gallery celebrates fifteen years presenting contemporary art, an ever changing, quality art venue outside London, since 1997, in an early Georgian building with a deceptively large exhibition area of white-painted rooms on three floors. Originally lived and worked in by the Shipston plush weavers; today it provides space for showing some of the best fine and applied art. It is situated in the market town of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

“A painter has to paint as a bird has to sing”.
Born and educated in South East London, Michèle went to Girton College Cambridge, where she studied Modern Languages. After a post graduate year at Chelsea College (Diploma in Modern Social and Cultural Studies) and a year in Italy, she taught languages for several years in London secondary schools before important changes in her life circumstances made it possible for her to pursue her first love of drawing and painting and fulfil her dream of going to Art School. Since graduation from Wimbledon School of Art and Design in 1995, she has painted full time and exhibited widely. 

Summer Exhibition 2012 Sir Peter Blake


Marking his 80th Birthday

new paintings

Exhibition includes work by
Sandra Blow RA, Anthony Frost, Terry Frost RA, Lavinia Gallie,
Diana Green, John Hoyland RA, Bruce McLean, Barbara Rae RA

The gallery has specialized in Modern Masters and Original Prints since opening in 1997. We have found that there is often confusion between photographic reproductions of prints, drawings and paintings and original prints. Photographic reproductions are often high quality, on fine art paper, but they are not original prints; the artists have not been involved in their production, although they are often signed by the artist. The prints in this exhibition are all original artists’ prints, created by the artist or in collaboration with art printers.

Now celebrating his 80th Birthday and Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake has been producing spectacular original prints since 2003. His work crosses all generational divides, and cross references major cultural icons inspiring many younger artists including the YBA’s – (Young British Artists). Knighted in 2002, with an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art, his work is
represented in major collections throughout the world; Sir Peter Blake is truly a grandee of British Art.

The Gallery first showed Laura’s paintings last summer, they received a very positive response, with most selling from the exhibition. The paintings this year are equally vibrant, made with bold brush marks and strong colour. Wherever the roots of a painting lie, the abstracted forms have an energy and show a strong emotional engagement. We are delighted to be showing this recent body of work as
part of our summer exhibition.
Sarah Stoten 

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