Current Exhibition

10th January - 17th February 2019

Paintings by Helen Ryan which draw on the tension and energy of nature and elemental forces Complemented by sculptural ceramics by Nigel Earle which are also based on places and memory. 
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Helen Ryan
Helen Ryan's paintings document a personal journey; from her birthplace in Ireland to Australia, Europe, and ultimately her chosen home – London. Her creative practice focuses on recording and expressing what she sees, thinks, and feels as she travels and moves through life.

Her latest work in acrylic paint and mixed media, moves from the figurative into abstraction portraying the tension and movement of nature and elemental forces. She uses shape, colour, form and gestural marks that convey the energetic balance between freedom and control. With these colourful atmospheric pieces she attempts to create a unifying visual summation of her most loved places as they appear now and via the lens of memory.

Helen regularly exhibits in London. Her work was selected for the 2014 and 2016 ING:Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries. In 2012 and 2015 she was shortlisted for the New English Art Club (NEAC) exhibition at the Mall Galleries and shortlisted for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2016. She has appeared on the BBC2 arts programme Show me the Monet.

Helen is a member of The London Painters and Sculptors Group.

Her work is held in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa and USA.

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 Day Morris, Highgate, London N6
2014 Art on the High Street, Anthony Webb, London N14
2007/08 Burgh House, Hampstead, London NW3
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 Colour & Form '18, Camden Image Gallery, London
2018 Mixed Media Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London
2018 Art Fair, Origin Gallery, Dublin
2017 Colour & Form, Strand Gallery, London
2016 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
2016 Highgate Gallery, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London N6
2015 North London Artist Network (NLAN), Strand Gallery, London
2015 Place & Space, Espacio Gallery, London E2
2014 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
2014 NLAN (North London Artist Network), Camden Image Gallery, North London
2014 London Places Open Spaces, Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Nigel Earle

Artist's Statement:
I have worked with ceramics for the past 10 years, following a career in industrial and graphic design. My pieces always rely on the natural character of different clays; I use glazes and applied colours quite sparingly. I like textures that suggest a certain ageing and weathering and these textures are often highlighted by the surface application of raw metal oxides. I also frequently embed further metal pins and suchlike in the clay.

My recent work consists of pieces with a good deal of inbuilt ambiguity, influenced by landscape, geology, architecture and industrial archaeology. While making these pieces I have become aware that they are forms, textures and colours drawn from a pool of memory, experience and imagination gathered over many decades. Their places of origin may range from Cornwall, with its heritage of Arthurian legend and the mining industry, to the North of England with its rugged landscape and industrial mills, and to the East Coast and its fishing industry.

These are my current expression of visual worlds that have always excited me.