Belinda and Jette invite you and your friends to the Private View of ‘Response’ and to be the first to see the latest exhibition in the gallery by Ann Chambers and Peter Johnston. Blue Owl are so pleased to be supporting these two Grantham based artists who will be at the gallery opening to talk to you about their paintings.
Peter Johnston’s work is an emotional and expressive response to the present. He explores the energy and life that surrounds the moment and explains place through bold use of colour, strong assured form and highly gestural marks. The search for a truth, a piece of reality that reveals self is his fundamental intention and obsession.
He uses acrylic paint as his prime medium because of its intrinsic versatility and durability but also because it imposes a time element that forces him to work dynamically. Several sketches and paintings are completed before the final piece which he aims to complete within a single intensive day.
A variety of surfaces are employed, from high quality paper to aluminium sheeting for outdoor work but mainly birchwood panels. He has also begun to incorporate vintage frames as part of his work which he finds in antique shops or auctions locally. These frames come with a patina of history and a suggestion of a previous existence that has been long forgotten. These pieces, the panel and frame become inseparable and permanent, a contrast and exploration between classical and contemporary, between old and young, between yesterday and today.
Ann Chambers enjoys painting landscapes and floral images as well as more contemporary experimental works. Currently she is working on colourful, abstract and impressionist works, painting with oil or acrylic on large canvases. Ann has a passionate interest in all forms of art and painting has been with her throughout her life.
The exhibition will run for 3 months and will be open daily from 31st January and is open to everyone. Wheelchair friendly, child friendly. Everyone welcome.
Blue Owl Art also supports many other artists; with print racks brimming with a selection of original work and a huge variety of prints; many contemporary design gift ideas can be found in their cabinet on the ground floor; they also have a greeting card selection and of course a large first floor gallery space.
The Cafe is open 7 days a week, so plenty to do and see. Blue Owl Art is based at Grantham Tennis Club with free parking. Follow Blue Owl on facebook, twitter and instagram. www.blueowlart.co.uk.