Director Hilda Margery Clarke BA (Hons), FRSA.
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In 2002, Margery Clarke opted out of responsibility for running 'The First' Gallery and took a long sabbatical. The resultant paintings are to be shown in two stages, the Northern hemisphere first. Ramsgate provides much of the backdrop to the English portion of this initial show.
HMC responds to the majestic sweep of the stacked-up arched promenades and seafront roads; the skyline dominated by the house designed by Augustus Pugin (of Houses of Parliament fame); and the elegance of the resort in early season, peopled but uncrowded.
She absorbs an image by concentrated looking, usually for long minutes (but just for a fleeting glance, if need be). in the studio, the moment is recalled, maybe recomposed, each element tailored into a new though familiar arrangement (reminiscent of L. S. Lowry, her master) in order to distil the essence of what she saw and felt.
The Sands, Ramsgate HMC 2003 450x910mm
The Norwegian Coastal Voyage (itself a long-cherished ambition of hers) is full of grand scenes: fiords, midnight sun, etc. which artists have recorded for centuries. No depictions of Norway could ignore these aspects, and they are represented in larger-scale paintings. But Margery Clarke can capture such grandeur in a work only a handspan or so across (e.g. below). Her unquenchable interest in people is also evident, both on the ship and off.
In all HMC's output, things are usually identifiable, but deliberately not specific: she takes sketchbooks, but no camera, everywhere. This is to allow what she has seen to be filtered later through the distorting-mirror of memory, one of the factors which imbues Margery Clarke's paintings with the "otherness she seeks.
'The First' Gallery's Secret Sculpture Garden opened in the summer of the Millennium year, for invited makers to show their work. It proved so popular that it has become a biennial event. This time, we're celebrating 30 years of exhibitions, so the show is both inside and outdoors, with the theme of water. Four of the inaugural sculptors are included, though the list is not finalised. For the full roll-call, watch this space. This is an enjoyable event in an unusual setting and well worth a visit: a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
Expect other Gallery regulars, newcomers and recent 'new faces' to be on display in the house and the garden. Additionally, water-themed pictures from 'The First' Gallery's collection, including David Clegg, Richard Eurich, R.A. (1903 - 92), Keith Grant and Eric Meadus (1931 - 70) will be shown. With them, other pictures, pots and sculpture will be for sale.
Buffalo Wallowing - Suzie Marsh
Elephant Bathing - Suzie Marsh
David MacDiarmid: Goldfish Bowl 2002 - 4 carved Bath stone & gold paint approx. 40cm high x 40 wide x 25 deep £180
To interpret the image, the cutaway is the shape of the bowl, with a gold painted fish and a naturally lichened 'plant-form' (only visible in right-hand shot). The block is the salvaged corner of a window bay, with the sill and part of the upright, from an Edwardian terrace house.
David MacDiarmid: SeaBed c.2000 carved building block [specimen on show] 2004 10cm high x 70 long x 20 wide £120
This photo is not the same as the one on show, which is longer, more spacious and doesn't feature the plant-form. The design can be added to, a block at a time.
Robert Race: Moon Priests automata [rear priest paddles oar and boat dips slightly]
driftwood, nautilus shells & found objects 46cm long x 24 high x 4 deep [wall-mounted]
Weekend and Bank Holiday hours: 11-7; weekdays: 2-7 (or by prior appt)
(Tim hopes to be present each pm, but check first if you wish to see him)
Then by appt Tues Aug 31st-Sat Sept 4th
Private View Thursday Aug. 26th 7-9pm
|Flotsam Girl 1996 driftwood & found objects 44cm high|
Tim Robinson pieces (photos Mike Watson)
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Exhibition runs 2 - 7pm daily, incl. Sunday (or by appt.) until Sat. 20th
Festive Open Morning 11am - 2pm Sun. 21st Nov.
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