The Shippon Gallery opened in September 2017 to show sculptures and drawings by Dave King in biannual displays alongside works by a guest artist. The current exhibition, Generative Drawing – Parallel Paths, juxtaposes Joel Fisher’s singular self-portraits – drawings and sculptures – with King’s new wood sculptures (see Stitch below) and drawings for earlier ceramic sculptures. See the Exhibitions page for images and information.
The gallery is located in rural East Devon between Axminster and Chard. See the Contact page for directions. It opens most weekends between 11am and 5pm but it is advisable to check first. It is also possible to visit on weekdays by prior arrangement. 01460 220021 / alisonoldhamart@googlemail. Ceramic sculptures £800 – £1,200. Drawings £600 – £850.
The Shippon News has reviews of exhibitions, mainly in the West Country, by Alison Oldham, formerly Research Fellow of Falmouth College of Art/Tate St Ives and visual arts correspondent of Oracle teletext and the Ham & High. Each review focuses on a work of art that she would like to take home. This section comprises a review of a new book on Frances Aviva Blane, FAB., followed by Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday at the Holburne Museum, Bath then information on Patrick Jones’ home exhibition and book launches during Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival and an account of Chris Orr’s talk at the Ilminster Literary Festival on his illustrated book The Miserable Life of Fabulous Artists.
The Archive reviews begin with Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday at the Holburne Museum, Bath followed by Lee Krasner’s Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery, The World As Yet Unseen: Women Artists in Conversation with Partou Zia at Falmouth Art Gallery, On Paper at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism at the Royal West of England Academy, Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde at the Barbican in London, and 50 Years, 50 Artists at Annely Juda Fine Art in London.
It continues with Virginia Woolf: An exhibition Inspired by her Writings, most recently at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, then of Trail@14 at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Riverside Gallery in Bovey Tracey, the Royal West of England Academy’s 166th Annual Open, and an exhibition of prints in Budleigh Salterton – Looking For Jeffery Edwards; the prints are for sale through the gallery.
Also included: Frances Aviva Blane’s Broken Heads Broken Paint and Howard Hodgkin’s Last Paintings, both in London, and Westcountry shows Sculpture @ The Walled Garden in Moreton, Dorset (below), then Jane Hedges, Chris Dunseath and Jacy Wall in Dorset Art Weeks 2018, Kate Westbrook’s Diana and Actaeon at The Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis and David Haughton in St Just at Penlee House, Penzance.