The 2019 TAAG Summer Open Exhibition
Artists taking part include …
Amy Burton Smith, Andrea Winnchild, Avenda Burnell Walsh,
Bev Samler, Catherine Denison, Catherine Locke, Clare Fowley,
David Beer, Faith Rose, Filipe Da Silva,
Jackie Colclough (Beach Cove), Jane Ripley Thompson,
Kwerky Krafts, Louise Cox, Migglet, Mike Leaman, Nicolette Dann,
Pam Brooker, PHD Photography, Rob Parrish, Roger Lissenden,
Sally Davis, Sam Lock, Sheila Aldous, Veronica Boniface
ROGER LISSENDEN WIRE SCULPTOR
Having learnt the basics from renowned wire sculptor Celia Smith I have progressed to develop my own styles and techniques.
My original inspiration was the bird life of Devon’s coast and countryside. This allowed me to create life and movement in my interpretation of the subjects.
Encouraged by success at my latest exhibitions and falling back on the design aspect of my commercial career I have sculpted, from reclaimed metal, a series of impressionist silhouettes based on the sea and abstract shapes from nature.
I will be showing this collection along with new works in my original style at my forthcoming exhibitions.
In my figurative work I am fascinated by what we are led to believe is beauty and beautiful. We are bombarded by images of apparent perfection, yet we appear to miss the entire point of the beauty of soul. My current work looks back over centuries of figurative representation to re-evaluate the place of women in societies that demand beauty from them.
Continuing my series, The corsets are off, and they are not going back on, I am looking at feet/footbinding/stiletto heels and other ways we hogtie ourselves in the name of beauty. Delighted to see the current Dr Who in huge flat boots. As usual I am looking back to some of the greats for style inspiration, Schiele, Modigliani, Klimt. I think their weirdness suits me.
Currently on the road in a motorhome touring France and Ireland for a few months so working very, very small. These are just some ideas I will be working up for the TAAG Summer Open.
David originates from Whitstable in Kent and trained as. teacher at Bishop Otter College in Chichester.
He stated painting at evening classes whilst at Corsham, Wiltshire, where he was a Head Teacher.
He also attended St Ives School of Painting on residential courses during this period and became captivated by St Ives, moving there in 1986 and then taught for 11 years in Penzance, where he had special responsibility for art in his school and ran in-service art courses for teachers in the area.
David retired from teaching in 1998 and spent much of the next 12 years painting and running his gallery in St Ives. In 2009 he moved to Saltash and the following year the gallery was closed.
A further movie in 2012 took him to Menheniot near Liskeard where he continued to paint seascapes and landscapes in oils using a palette knife, and making life studies using pastel and acrylics.
He exhibits in galleries around the country and has also exhibited in New York.
Amy will often work with oils and has a particular affinity with boats.
Her painting journey began when she won a painting competition at the age of 14. Her painting was of a boat on the the back beach of Teignmouth and her prize was a year's membership of the River Teign Rowing Club.
She has not really stopped painting boats since.