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Southwold, the East Coast
An Exhibition to accompany the book Southwold, a Earthly Paradise by Geoffrey Munn

Private View Saturday 28th April 2007 noon - 5.00pm
Wine served - All Works for Sale
Exibition Finishes Sunday 20th May 2007

Where enquiries of prices are made on the gallery, the work is subject to availability and the price to change.

 

Works for Sale

Featured Artist: Noel Myles
         

WITH A LARGE MIXED EXHIBITION

 

Contributing Artists

Richard Bawden RWS Alex Beale
William Bowyer RA Christopher Chestnutt
James Dodds Joan Elliott Bates
Graham Giles Julie Giles
Katherine Hamilton Eveline Hastings
James Horton Diana Howard
Maurice Kelly Caroline McAdam Clark RBA
Wladyslaw Mirecki Tessa Newcomb
Noel Myles Margot Noyes
Anne Paton Roland Piché
Nick Pratt Andrew Pringle
John Reay Richard Scott
Christopher Sinclair Wendy Sinclair
Jane Strother Margaret Thomas NEAC RBA RWA
Emily Whalley  


       

Moss Fuller
Crossing the Bridge
Watercolour
19x35 £400

Christopher Chestnutt
Southwold from the South
Layered print
21x35 £160 £125 u/f

C. McAdam Clark RBA
Hauling up the Boat
Etching A/P
26x24.5 £300

C. McAdam Clark RBA
Consigning Her to the Sea
Etching Ed 30
26x24.5 £300

Richard Bawden RWS
The Blythe at Walberswick
Watercolour
£680

Moss Fuller
Walberswick Marshes in August
Watercolour
40x51 £650

Alex Beale Southwold Harbour, Low Tide
Mixed media
22.5x20 £450

Noel Myles
Vanishing Point
Platinum print Ed 50
44x53 £530 £450 u/f

Tom Deakins
Ice Cream Colours at Southwold
Oil 46x61
£1500

James Dodds
Southwold Linocut Ed 150
51x71 £375 £290 u/f

Christopher Chestnutt
The Old Brewery
Layered print
21x14 £125 £95 u/f

Christopher Chestnutt
Bank House, Market Place, Southwold
Pen/ink 14x18 £185

Noel Myles
Thornham
Platinum print Ed 50
38x53 £530 £450 u/f

Noel Myles
Victorians in Southwold
Platinum print Ed 30
38x53 £580 £500 u/f

Noel Myles
Earth, Water, Air
Platinum print Ed 50
38x22 £480 £400 u/f

Noel Myles
The Catch
Platinum print Ed 30
33x41 £580 £500 u/f

Noel Myles
Southwold Harbour
Platinum print Ed 50
27x28 £480 £400 u/f

Noel Myles
Blackshore, Southwold
Platinum print Ed 50
38x52 £580 £500 u/f

Noel Myles
The ‘Mara Cu’ in Southwold
Platinum print Ed 50
33x49 £480 £400 u/f

Noel Myles
A Short Film of a Wave, Cley
Platinum print Ed 20
38x14 £480 £400 u/f

Noel Myles
Sand Grass
Platinum print Ed 20
16x16 £360 £300 u/f

Noel Myles
Morning and Evening
Platinum print Ed 25
38x20 £480 £400u/f

Noel Myles
Southwold
Platinum print Ed 30
33x41 £530 £450 u/f

Noel Myles
Beach (possibly the only print)
Platinum print A/P
48x38 £530 £450 u/f

Noel Myles
Breakwater
Platinum print Ed 50
41x50 £580 £500 u/f

Noel Myles
Duckboards and verticals
Platinum print Ed 20
22x33 £480 £400 u/f

Andrew Pringle
Windows
Oil
46x27 £450

Graham Giles
Southwold
Lighthouse
Oil
24x64 £980

Graham Giles
On the Edge of the Sea
Oil
28x76 £1150

James Horton RBA
Early Morning, Walberswick Beach
Oil
38x47 £1250

Tessa Newcomb
Some Picnic, Walberswick
Oil
41x36 £1200

Tessa Newcomb
Easter Visitors about to Arrive
Oil
8x35 £450

Maurice Kelly
A Wet Walk
Oil
46x66 £700

Joan Elliott-Bates
High Summer, Southwold
Oil
30.5x25.5 £900

Joan Elliott-Bates
East Anglia in Winter
Oil
19x25 £595

Tessa Newcomb
Discussing the Chickens
Oil
31x61 £1400

William Bowyer RA
The Beach, Walberswick
Oil
30x30 £1500

William Bowyer RA
Just before lunch
Oil
19x31 £1250

Julie Giles
The Yellow Dingy
Oil
48x35 £875

Andrew Pringle
Hatton’s Farm
Oil
17x53 £350

Maurice Kelly
Prodigals Return
Oil
31x51 £600

Richard Bawden RWS
Fishermen’s Huts
Etching Ed 85
40x58 £250 £180 u/f

Anne Paton
Southwold, View from Pier
Mixed media
27x51 £440

Anne Paton
Evening Sky, Walberswick
Acrylic
35x59 £620

Richard Bawden RWS
South Green, Southwold
Etching Ed 75
36x54 £230 £160 u/f

Julie Giles
The Banana Boat
Oil
15x22 £325

Julie Giles
Summer Seashore
Oil
20x30 £450

C. McAdam Clark RBA
Looking Out to Sea
Oil
25.5x25.5 £700

RC. McAdam Clark RBA
Happisburgh
Oil
30.5x30.5 £900

Margot Noyes
Boats & Cottages, Blackshore
Oil
20x26 £450

Margot Noyes
Figures in the Surf
Oil
20x26 £450

Wendy Sinclair
Sea Holly on the Beach
Oil
30x38 £400

Jane Strother
Beach Huts at Southwold
Acrylic
20x50 £695

Roland Piche
Woman in the Seascape
Resin
13x20 £975

Roland Piche
Meditations on the Beach
Resin
18x23 £975

C. McAdam Clark RBA
From the Wash to North Foreland
Oil
50x100 £2,200

John Reay
Bathers 5
Oil
115x76 £3850

Joan Elliott-Bates
Fishermen Aldeburgh Beach
Oil
25.5x15.5 £950

Margot Noyes
Looking out to Sea
Oil
20x26 £450

Margot Noyes
Beach Walk
Oil
20x26 £450

James Horton RBA
The Dunes, Walberswick
Oil
47x55 £1750

Andrew Pringle
Primrose Cottage
Oil
18x18 £350

Andrew Pringle
Corner Farm
Oil
18x18 £350

Maurice Kelly
After the Match
Oil
51x51 £750

Julie Giles
Spring Morning, Southwold
Oil
30x45 £750

Julie Giles
March Afternoon, Southwold
Oil
30x45 £750

Tom Deakins
Beyond (Aldeburgh)
Oil
31x51 £1200

Graham Giles
An Outing to the Seashore
Oil
30x41 £850

Andrew Pringle
River Bank
Oil
22x17 £275

Andrew Pringle
Stage, Southwold
Oil
29x28 £350

Diana Howard
Lady of Situations
Oil
28x31 £650

Richard Scott
The Lone Ranger
Oil
25.5x35.5 £520

Julie Giles
Spring Evening, Southwold
Oil
30x45 £750

Graham Giles
The Yellow Kite, Walberswick
Oil
28x47 £850

Margaret Thomas NEAC
My River
Oil
51x76 £1750

Katherine Hamilton
Southwold, Summer
Photo litho zeta lined paper Ed 250
34x90 £295 £210 u/f

Margaret Thomas NEAC
Brandy Rose
Oil
46x76 £2750

Waj Mirecki
Sand Dunes and Reeds
Watercolour
72x45 £1750

Eveline Hastings
Winter Evening Walk, Walberswick
Pastel
30x38 £440

Peter Kelly RBA
The Path by the Dyke
Watercolour
47x67 £1,500

Eveline Hastings
Harbour Pier, Walberswick
Pastel
28x39 £440

Emily Whalley
Song
Oil
91x76 £1740

Roland Piche
Woman Reclining in the Sea
Resin
10.5x25.5 £870

Anne Paton
View from Southwold Pier
Mixed media
13x23 £295

C. McAdam Clark RBA
Martello 1
Oil
60x60 £2,200

Christopher Sinclair
Southwold from Walberswick
Watercolour
26x48 £500

Waj Mirecki
Sand Dunes at Sunset
Watercolour
20x60 £725

Nick Pratt
Swanland
Italian alabaster
12x32x12 £1025

Nick Pratt
Swan Vessel
Italian alabaster
20x56x22 £2600

Nick Pratt
Goose Stepping Out
Italian alabaster
31x18x15 £1740

Nick Pratt
Running Snowgoose
Italian alabaster
17x44x14 £1,525

Tessa Newcomb
Residencies
Oil
15x20 £655

Tessa Newcomb
Let’s Go for a Walk at Walberswick
Oil
15x20 £655

 


The personal signing by Geoffrey Munn of his book Southwold: An Earthly Paradise at the Chappel Galleries on April 28th provides an opportunity to bring together artists who have worked in or around this Suffolk coastal town.

Geoffrey Munn devotes an entire chapter to the photographer P H Emerson and his platinum prints. For this reason Noel Myles is our featured artist with his own platinum prints of Southwold and East Anglia. He has been working in this medium since 1998.

Emerson is renowned for his books on Norfolk and Suffolk life at the end of the 19th century. They contained tipped-in photographs made from platinum. This paper, which provided a permanent image of great tonal subtlety, was then available as a manufactured product. Nowadays artist photographers, who want to work with this medium, must prepare their own chemistry from precious metal compounds and light sensitive salts for coating fine papers by hand to make their prints.

Myles creates his images from dozens of individual negatives that are joined together and printed in direct contact with the sensitized paper. They are composed to evoke the broad experience of an occasion or place. His photographs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Contemporary Art Society and last year he was awarded the East Anglia region prize at the ING Discerning Eye exhibition. He first exhibited at the Chappel Galleries in 2004.


“We are all artists at the seaside.” observed the Birmingham painter Joseph Southall in 1905 when writing to his friend, the painter and goldsmith, Arthur Gaskin. Although Southall was in Southwold at that particular moment, it was Walberswick which had the reputation for being the perfect resort for painters. A magazine called “Artist” had already noted:

“Looking either East or West, the horizon is scarcely broken, all is one dead level, yet such a lovely level over which the setting sun streams the glories of his crimson, orange and purple rays, which are reflected a thousand times in its rivers, dykes and the sea.”

This was a place that was truly picturesque, where fascination with the sea and landscape was heightened by a weird collection of shanties, huts and cottages. A wooden river crossing, now long gone, was lyrically compared with Rembrandt’s “Six’s Bridge”. This and the landscape described above, littered with old anchors, piers and capstans led the Suffolk writer Herbert Tompkins to observe in 1949 that:

“Walberswick, I think, must vie with Clovelly to be the Fontainebleau of England.”

The painter and art historian Richard Scott published his book: “Artists in Walberswick – East Anglian Interludes 1880-2000” in 2002. It is a vivid and comprehensive study and from it we learn that the artists who came to the Blyth Valley were not only innumerable but also a good proportion of them were of the highest possible order. Turner left footprints in Southwold’s art historical sand, and in them trod a succession of worldclass painters, including: Charles Keene, Philip Wilson Steer, Walter Osborne, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Stanley Spencer. Both James Whistler and his friend Walter Sickert knew Southwold well and Stanley Spencer’s “Southwold”, painted in 1937 is possibly the most powerful evocation of the English seaside holiday ever made.

The local writer and journalist Ian Collins has shown in his recent book “Making Waves – Artists in Southwold” that most of those that came to paint in Walberswick made the short trip over the river Blyth to Southwold. There, artists encountered a topography that was altogether more challenging. A fine mediaeval church, and later a monumental lighthouse, dominated the clusters of Regency and Victorian houses that make up the town; below the cliff the problem was more acute since it was difficult to make a satisfactory and intelligible composition from the clusters of fishermen’s shacks which clustered there. Nonetheless, Arthur Evershed, Walter Crane, Walter Osborne, and Alan Gwynne Jones were some of those that succeeded in conveying Southwold’s contradictory atmosphere of town and seascape.

The poet George Crabbe who lived in Aldeburgh and frequented Southwold wrote revealingly:

“Turn to the watery world! – but who to thee (A wonder yet unview’d) shall paint – the sea?”

In fact virtually none of the artists who came to the Blyth valley took up the challenge, and fewer still succeeded in interpreting the sea in the myriad moods evoked so beautifully by Crabbe:

Various and vast, sublime in all its forms,
When lull’d by zephyrs, or when roused by storms,
Its colours changing, when from clouds and sun
Shades after shades upon the surface run;
Embrown’d and horrid now, and now serene,
In limpid blue and evanescent green

It was P.H.Emerson who succeeded where most other artists had failed. However, he achieved it not with a palette and brush, but with the camera’s lens and the luxurious and inimitable finish of the platinum print. In this noble tradition followed the photographer Noel Myles, who showed at Chappel Galleries for the first time in 2004.

No matter what the degree of individual flair and expertise these artists brought to Southwold, all of them have made a contribution to its unique visual legacy. It was that which first inspired me to write my pictorial history Southwold: An Earthly Paradise published in 2006, and it will continue to fascinate me forever. In gathering together the work of the many artists who continue to be drawn to Southwold and its environs, Chappel Galleries has brilliantly demonstrated that the unique tradition described above is alive and well today.

Geoffrey Munn 2007

 
 
 
 
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