Local artist, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 21 guest artists, including a winner of BBC’s ‘Home is where the art is’, at his studio and six acres of grounds in Haslemere in September. Around 100 works will be on show, including paintings, indoor sculptures and a sculpture trail around the beautiful gardens and woodland of his ‘Huf’ house on Marley Common.
This is the ninth year David has staged the exhibition, in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios. He commented:
‘We usually stage this exhibition in June but this year, for obvious reasons, we have had to move to September. As always, we will be offering something new and exciting for our hundreds of regular visitors who have been starved of art for many weeks. I have chosen an eclectic mix of painters and sculptors, all highly respected in their fields. I am excited by the prospect of designing a show that will please the eye, lift the spirit and comfort the soul’.
David is a poet as well as an artist. His sculptural work is eclectic, from semi-abstract human figures to animals and abstract forms – often in stone, but also clay, cast into bronze or resin. Many of his pieces are accompanied by a poem, adding another dimension to the work.
This year’s guest artists include Dawn Conn, a winner on the recent BBC series, ‘Home is where the art is’. Dawn’s quirky sculpture proved a hit with the buyer and her popularity has soared ever since. Her female diver will be poised over the Koi pond. Another award-winning artist is Jonathan Hateley whose hand-painted figurative sculpture is now highly sought after by international buyers. In a more abstract vein, Lynn Warren’s curving forms will suit any garden setting. A real statement piece on the power of the female from Kate Viner will tower some three metres above the lawns looking down on the life-like animal sculptures of Guildford artist, Carol Orwin. Weathered steel is the chosen material for Simon Probyn whose imposing work has great presence in any garden. Also using rusted steel is Art & Soul regular, Simon Hempsell, whose two-dimensional animals and birds always raise a smile. Twisting metal into fantastic spiral forms is the trademark of Greg Pearson.
Famous for her iconic Icarus sculptures, Nicola Godden will also be showing a giant mask in bronze resin. Lou Sainty follows a marine theme, featuring graceful seahorse and ammonite sculptures. Surrey Sculpture Society members will be well represented, including the current Chair, Henriette van der Does, whose female figures strike a pose. Marie Boyle’s work may seem familiar if you have ever flown from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as her striking figurative work was exhibited there for some time. Also creating human forms, Laura Jane Wylder will be showing bronzes that will stand out against the flower beds. Smaller indoor work is also on show, including work from stone-carver Veronica Dance, who specialises in animals and birds carved in alabaster. Paul Harvey’s art deco inspired bird sculptures proved hugely popular last year as they will grace any home or garden.
If you are looking for something special for your home, then there are also six guest painters with work varying from the accurate still life work of Rob Ritchie, to the moody landscapes of Grayshott-based Alison Orchard. Working in oils, Hilary Dancer’s work captures the atmosphere of city life, while Sonya Vine is happier in the Surrey countryside that she depicts with such easy strokes. Woodlands have never been more boldly depicted than by Fiona Pearce, who captures light and shade so well. Ronan Walsh brings a modern twist to his work, mixing colours and pencil strokes in new and fascinating ways.
The ‘Art & Soul’ exhibition is open to the public from 11am until 5pm, free of charge, on the following days:
Saturday 19 Sept, Sunday 20 Sept, Friday 25 Sept, Saturday 26 Sept, Sunday 27 Sept, Friday 2 Oct, Saturday 3 Oct, Sunday 4 Oct
Social distancing will be observed where necessary.