Sea And Sky

March 17th – May 15th
Thurs – Sun 11am-5pm

This exhibition celebrates poetic visions of sea and sky with a historic collection of Braque Lithographs alongside contemporary printmaking and glass.

Describing herself as an ‘Accidental Art Dealer; Dorrie King inherited this collection of Braque pieces from her mother who was presented them as a surprise exchange from her friend Dudley Snellgrove who was at that time working in the Watercolour an Print collection at the V&A.With advice from Bonhams and a visit to the library at the Maeght collection Dorrie has traced the history and identity of each print. The works being shown are first edition lithographs from the 1950s by George Braque (1882-1963). They were printed in Paris by the renowned printer Mourlot, for Aime Maeght’s beautifully produced publications – Derriere Le Mirroir. DLM was produced to accompany exhibitions by contemporary artists in Maeght’s gallery – in the case of these prints – for exhibitions in 1952 and 1959 of Braque’s paintings. This is the first time Dorrie has exhibited these prints.

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Alongside the Braque Lithographs will be work by Dorrie King and resident Staithes Studios Artists, Ian and Stef Mitchell.

Dorrie King – Glass Sculpture
“In drawings of the sea, I wanted to show the passage of waves. In the time it took to start drawing a wave, it had peaked and moved back. I tried to do justice to its energy. The dictionary definition of a drawing ‘is a picture … made by making lines on a surface’; it also means ‘to pull’ or ‘to take in a breath’. On certain sandy beaches the marks made by the outgoing tide are better drawings than I could achieve. The sea was drawing itself.”

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Ian Mitchell – Harbour Series
“My approach to digital printmaking combines an interest in landscape, aesthetics and design resulting in a logo type image of the landscape.”
In his Harbour Series Ian has reductively, stripped away the topographical landscape to create a logo type symbol of an actual place.Conscious of how man intervenes with natural forces,he aims to produce an image that the viewer might read as signifier of place.

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Stef Mitchell – Staithes Feather Spheres
“Throughout my practice I work directly with nature,in this case feathers found and collected in Staithes to mark make, document and describe. This is pursued through monoprint for immediacy and the range of marks and tonal possibilities it presents”
In common with Dorrie Stef is intersted in exploring the concept of nature drawing itself. Using feathers and monoprint the marks made produce both outline and tone, used like drawing to record a certain reality of the world, and communicate an idea to the viewer. Any direct marks made are that of nature presented with the artists voice.

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