Friday, 30 November 2012

Into The Ark (art)

Cockerel by Sarah Young
I last visited the Emma Mason Gallery in October for HomeGrown which was themed to coincide with the start of the Towner's Collective Observations exhibition. Now, as part of the Eastbourne Christmas Open Houses 2012, Emma Mason has collected together original prints which include animals. Entitled "Into the Ark", this new exhibition will be on from Saturday 24th November until Christmas including the two Sundays of the Open Houses weekends: the 25th November and the 2nd December. 

There are framed and unframed works, a varied range of greetings cards (two of which are illustrating this post), some printed tea-towels which are far to pretty to ever be used, and a selection of gorgeous handmade walking sticks. The prints are linocuts, lithographs, screenprints and woodcuts and it is very interesting to see the different styles of image that these methods produce. Towards the back of the Gallery there is also a table of print-making gifts, perhaps for arty friends. As well as various stamp sets and coloured ink pads, there are beginners' lino-cutting sets that would be ideal for my niece if only she were several years older already!

Deer by Mark Hearld
Artists whose work is on show include Trevor Kemp and Sarah Young, Mark Hearld and Robert Tavener. Trevor Kemp's work is rurally inspired, pictures of sheep and cows. Sarah Young is a Brighton-based artist who is the founder of the Brighton Art Fair and the city's Art and Craft Fair, MADE. Mark Hearld is inspired by the flora and fauna of the British countryside. He studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art and then went on to complete an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. Robert Tavener is a favourite at the Gallery. A local man, he was Head of Printmaking at Eastbourne College of Art and Design for many years.

Emma Mason Gallery, Sat 24th Nov to Sat 22nd Dec
Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00-17:00.
Sun 24th Nov and Sun 2nd Dec, 10:00-17:00.
Free admission.