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, Abstract Reflection, juxtaposes King’s latest sculptures, combining ceramic, found and cast metal with painted wood, plus drawings for a new commission, with Patrick Jones’s abstract paintings.
The gallery is located in rural East Devon between Axminster and Chard. See the Contact page for directions. It opens on Wednesday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm but it is possible to visit on most days between 10am and 5pm by prior arrangement: 01460 220021 / alisonoldhamart@googlemail.
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 begins with a review of On Paper at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, followed by information about Patrick Jones’s paintings on view at his home in Budleigh Salterton.
The Archive begins with a review of Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism at the Royal West of England Academy followed by 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, 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 in May and David Haughton in St Just at Penlee House in Penzance earlier this year.