We are delighted to announce the exclusive launch three new print publication by artist Emma Stibbon RA at the London Original Print Fair 2018.
The Precious Hours is an exhibition of new prints and works on paper by Katherine Jones, Rabley’s artist-in-residence 2016-17 and runs from 17 March – 28 April 2018 at Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire.
During her residency Katherine Jones travelled down to Rabley Home Farm from her home in London on a monthly basis. Katherine was able to witness the seasonal changes on the farm as well as more formal changes such as the sale of the dairy herd, which marked a fundamental shift for the farm. She has not attempted to document these changes straightforwardly, rather, the relative space and minimalism of the cultivated landscape in contrast to the squeeze of the urban environment; the differences in scale; the bittersweet nature of farming and our larger changing environment have been the catalyst to the new work.
‘During this residency, Katherine Jones has shared The Precious Hours to be inspired, be concerned and be knowing of this place. Her new watercolours and prints meander through conundrums, alighting upon symbols and references. Their intent is not aestheticism, but question. The physicality of these fragile pieces of paper is both beautiful and profound.’ Meryl Ainslie 2018
Here is a selection of works on show at ‘The Precious Hours’ for the full catalogue please visit the website: click here
Special Event: Artist Gallery and Studio Introduction – Saturday 21st April
Artists Katherine Jones and Fred Galley will discuss their residencies at Rabley Drawing Centre, walking you through the studio and into the gallery to see their exhibitions – Katherine Jones, ‘The Precious Hours’, New prints and works on paper & Fred Gatley, ‘Rabley Series’ Ceramics. This is a free event but places are limited and booking essential. view and book event
The Precious Hours
The title ‘The Precious Hours’ is meant to be read in both a domestic and global context. All time is precious and, as the warming of our planet speeds and visibly affects our environment, the passing of time is ever more apparent.
The work in this exhibition is mostly the result of a year’s residency at Rabley Drawing Centre and Rabley Farm. I visited the farm roughly once a month, made drawings, collected objects and made prints that have been developed both in the Rabley Print studio and back in my London studio.
The show brings together a lexicon of motifs to describe the place and the thoughts evoked during the residency – containers, farm buildings, fields, rocks, birds, clouds and the man-made Rabley pond. During the year, depictions of scale and space have given way to a focus on the passing of time – both in a domestic and global sense – and the visible effects of environmental change making the speed of its passing ever more apparent.
The paintings, sketchbooks and mono-prints are part of the formation or gathering of these individual ideas. The editioned prints, however, are the result of a slower percolation – a consolidation of disparate threads into something more concluded.
The large-scale prints bring together drawings of the farm and surrounding area, the windbreaks between large open fields, mixed clusters of deciduous and evergreen trees and structures loosely derived from the farm’s buildings. These include the farmhouse – large and open, and a serene ‘hide’ from which to observe the birdlife, in particular the red kites and swathes of jackdaws.
A dominant theme has been the sky – so much wider in open Wiltshire countryside than in the city. The warmer average temperatures of recent years are thought to be behind an increase in the occurrence of towering white cumulonimbus clouds. Being more reflective than the grey blanket-like stratus, they form a feedback loop that increases rather than slows the warming of the atmosphere.
This sense of an acceleration of cumulative imbalances in our environment prompted a shift towards more tension in the images – bucolic scenes and skyscapes described in jarring contrasts of line and tone in a colour palette dominated by light flesh-tones and pitch black. Dramatic, distorted, drooping or pouring in a flow-form towards the ground, they describe the accumulation and acceleration of a momentous surge. The resulting aesthetic is something resembling melting ice-cream – sweet, ethereal colours dripped into the brown earth.
I am indebted to Meryl and Andrew Ainslie for giving me the opportunity to work at Rabley and for being such generous and accommodating hosts. Being at Rabley has shifted my perspective and been a catalyst to a new body of work, much of which is still in progress.
About the artist
Katherine Jones is a fine art printmaker and painter. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print (etching, collagraph and block-print) to produce her distinctive images. Fragile floras are covered with protective environments – each luminous and held in the surface of print and watercolour. Jones’ images play with the balance of botanical history and the metaphors of a fragile world.
Jones studied printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of Art. She has been widely exhibited and received numerous awards and residences. Awards – 2014; London Original Print Fair Prize; Printmaking Today Prize; 2015 Artist in residence, Winchester School of Art; Eton College, UK. Public Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection, London National Art library, UK; The House of Lords, UK; Yale University Library, USA.
‘Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours’ Publication
Rabley Gallery have published a book to accompany the exhibition. We have copies for sale in the gallery for £18 (special price) or you can view and purchase the book online here: Book Preview
The exhibition runs until April 28th 2018
For over thirty years Fred Gatley has been carefully incorporating found materials within his pieces, many of these introduced into the clay bodies themselves. Sands, silts, muds, brick fragments, stones and rusting iron have all been used, combined with drift woods and even waste copper scraps, all of these bringing to the work their own story and location.
In ‘The Rabley Series’ Fred has responded to the landscape and environment of Rabley Home Farm, a working arable farm set in the ancient Wiltshire downs. The landscape throws up echoes of its history including fragments from the Neolithic, Iron and Roman ages together with the everyday chips of a contemporary working farm.
All the ceramics made for this exhibition contain varying amounts of material collected from the farm over the past year or so. The various flecks and inclusions visible in the ceramic body include, stones, sand, rust, mud and brick fragments. The metal bases are fabricated from copper reclaimed from the fine copper windings taken from within a large decommissioned electrical pump-motor donated by Andrew Ainslie. The bronze/copper bases were themselves cast into wooden moulds fashioned from wood salvaged from the Rabley estate. The tiny silver feet also came from Rabley in the form of scrap silver donated by Meryl Ainslie at the outset of the project.
Each piece is made, to achieve a delicate balance of form, scale, structure and texture; producing work that has an understated visual richness set against a feeling of quiet simplicity.
Nothing is finished
And nothing is perfect
Quote from ‘Wabi Sabi Simple’ by Richard F Powell. ‘Wabi sabi’ is an ancient Japanese aesthetic that values the imperfect, the handmade and the simple.
Fred Gatley, born in Warrington in 1956, works from his studio in Greenwich, London. Fred studied Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic graduating in 1978, after this he moved to London where he began work in the Sir John Cass Department of Art. From 1980 to 2017 he worked within the ‘Cass’ teaching on their undergraduate and post-graduate 3D courses including Art, Architecture, Product, Jewellery and 3D Design. In 1998 Fred completed an MA by Project ‘Researching the Grinding and Polishing of High-Fired Ceramics’ at London Guildhall University and was awarded an MPhil at London Metropolitan University in 2006.
Fred Gatley’s ‘The Rabley Series’ is showing at Rabley Gallery from 17 March – 28 April 2018 alongside Katherine Jones’ ‘The Precious Hours’ prints and works on paper produced during her residency at Rabley.
Everyone Is A Moon is an exhibition of new work by artist and printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall that takes the form of an immersive sculptural installation.
Blackhall’s work emerges from her fascination with the concept of interconnectedness, through the physical and spiritual act of making, particularly the repetitive nature of print.
Underlying structures are central to her imagery; derived from sacred places, she frequently references archetypal symbols, Oriental art and Eastern ideologies. Recurring themes in her work reflect on how the universality has a strong aesthetic appeal transcending space and time, language and culture.
A large lunar abacus takes centre stage. A familiar childhood object used for counting now holds hand blown glass moons positioned to mark the lunar phases of 2017. Casting it’s own shadow and reflection in the mirror moon it exists beyond it’s framework; as the audience orbit the space they can’t help but interact and engage.
Accompanied by a series of prints made from solar plates there is an emphasis on the comfort in the cadence and repetition of ongoing cycles that both anchor and elude us.
Coast explores two artists response to the changing British Coastline and surrounding wetlands.
Neil Bousfield’s Home and Place and Walcott woodcut series reflect on notions of temporality, loss, and fragility. The prints begin to map and record the impact of the process of coastal erosion, storms, sea surges and rising sea levels on Walcott as a place. The delicate marks and pallet used act to unravel a narrative that explores a changing landscape and community.
Nik Pollards Wallasea drawings explore the relationship between landscape and nature. In 2015/16 Pollard was invited by the RSPB to help record the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project though drawing and painting on site. The RSPB reserve in Essex is an ambitious project in which ancient wetland landscape is being recreated using, amongst other things, 4.5 million tonnes of spoil from the London Crossrail. It is part of a plan to combat flooding, the effects of climate change and to replace lost natural habitat. Saltmarsh, mudflats, lagoons and pasture are being established through major earthworks – the biggest conservation and engineering project of its type in Europe.
The energetic drawings are the result of two visits made to the site and reflect Pollards fascination for the contrast between the site under construction and its development as flora and fauna beginning to take hold.
RABLEY GALLERY is thrilled to be returning to the London Art fair this January; exhibiting drawings, works on paper, contemporary fine art prints and editioned multiples. This year, for the first time we will be exhibiting works by Peter Randall Page RA. Alongside established and emerging artists including; Eileen Cooper RA, Rebecca Salter RA, Emma Stibbon RA, Jane Harris, Sara Lee, Katherine Jones, Susan Preston, Nana Shiomi and Sadie Tierney. 3D artists and ceramicists include Jo Taylor and Nicholas Lees, both with a strong drawn sensibility underpinning their works.
Each year, as part of the Gallery and Rabley Drawing Centre’s programme we invite artists to work in the Rabley studios. In 2017 the night and the sky loom in the themes of these special works on paper. Eileen Cooper’s new Luna series poetically combine figures and flowers in conversation of love. Large colourful woodcuts by Sadie Tierney RCA ‘Norge San Draumr’ will cut an impressive view into a nocturnal sky. Delicate works on paper Katherine Jones look to the clouds, this small cumulus works have accumulated on the preceding wind of the artists solo exhibition opening in Spring 2018. Ceramicist Nicholas Lees will present a light box of forms with the light shimmering at the lathed edges of his porcelain. Rabley Gallery has commissioned Jo Taylor to make a limited edition of 50 porcelain ‘Unomi’ bowls to accompany a new series of of ‘Tea Bowls’ woodcuts by Japanese artist Nana Shiomi.
Artmas Exhibition at Rabley Gallery
15 – 22 DECEMBER 2017
Artmas will feature a beautiful collection of paintings, works on paper, prints, ceramics and jewellery from your favourite Rabley artists.
PRUDENCE AINSLIE | CRAIGIE AITCHISON RA | HELEN BARFF NEIL BOUSFIELD | EILEEN COOPER RA | NAOMI FREARS PETER FREETH RA | JANE HARRIS | KATHERINE JONES | SARA LEE | NICHOLAS LEES | EMILY MYERS | JEFF POWELL | SUSAN PRESTON | FIONA ROBINSON | REBECCA SALTER RA | EMMA STIBBON RA | MERYL AINSLIE | NANA SHIOMI | SADIE TIERNEY
Christmas Opening Hours
Fri 15 Dec 10 – 8
Sat 16 Dec 10 – 4
Sun 17 Dec (Closed)
Mon 18 Dec 10 – 4
Tues 19 Dec 10 – 4
Wed 20 Dec (Closed)
Thurs 21 Dec 10 – 4
Fri 22 Dec 10 – 4