town & country @ The Birley Centre
A new exhibition of paintings and drawings from Eastbourne Artists Ann Johnson and Julian Sutherland-Beatson.
March 25 - April 30 2017.
This exhibition brings together the work of two Eastbourne-based artists who exhibit both locally and nationally. Julian Sutherland-Beatson and Ann Johnson will show their recent work based on our urban and wild environments.
Each painter demonstrates a shared appreciation of fine, sometimes complex draftsmanship and the power of simplicity and space, using a robust visual language of marks. This is then interpreted into two highly distinctive but totally contrasting styles.
Julian's paintings, whether depicting a simple glass jar of pencils, a crowded cityscape or a barren industrial space, turn the everyday into the magical through the alchemy of colour and composition in veils of paint. His work is in a number of private and public collections around the world including The House of Lords. For the past six years he has created and exhibited paintings at Glyndebourne Opera House during the Glyndebourne Festival.
Ann is guided by imagination based on close observation of uncultivated landscapes and the flora and fauna inhabitants. Drawing is an integral part of her work and her favourite medium is charcoal. Rhythmic arrangement of marks become tangled wayside hedges, bleak winter gardens, vases of jumbled together stalks and seedheads. Ann works closely with poets and her drawings and paintings are regularly published in poetry collections.
In recent years, both painters have had a number of works accepted and hung at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.
town & country runs from 25 March - 30 April 2017 at The Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EF. Open Saturdays and Sundays only 10am - 4pm.