The Towner Gallery

I have visited the Towner gallery in Eastbourne to see the East Sussex Open 2014 which was very good.

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The East Sussex Open was an exhibition of art work from a competition.  There was a wide selection of types of art, from sculptures to paintings and installations.  There were also a range of styles, with lots of abstract work and some more figurative pieces.

Eden Kotting

Eden Kotting and Andrew Kotting

Here are some of the paintings which I liked most at the exhibition (above).  Eden Kotting’s drawings have free loose lines and solid areas of colour.  She uses quite a limited palette, focusing on black, ochre and white, with some blue, green, red and pink.  The colours don’t have tonal gradation, but the layering of different colours has a textural effect.

The colours of the backgrounds and negative spaces has a dramatic effect on the images.  I think that using black and ochre in the backgrounds makes the figures stand out, pushing them to the front of the image.  While the white background has the illusion of depth, as if the figures in the paintings could step backward, further into the painting.

Eden and Andrew Kotting are a father and daughter who make art together.

Here is a photo of the father and daughter Kottings, "This is our Still Life".  I found this image on the internet, and I have included it here because it shows how they work together, both drawing the same thing, side by side.  At the gallery there was a video of them working together, which was part of the exhibition.

Here is a photo of the father and daughter Kottings, “This is our Still Life”.   I found this image on the internet, and I have included it here because it shows how they work together, both drawing the same thing, side by side. At the gallery there was a video of them working together, which was part of the exhibition.

Another artist I found inspiring at this exhibition was Mark Glassman, his painting: Life is a beach.

Mark Glassman - Life is a Beach

Mark Glassman – Life is a Beach

His work is mixed media on canvas, with pieces of wood stuck onto the surface and ink drawing on top of layers of paint.  It is a large painting, approximately a metre in length.  I really like the colour scheme of yellowy browns; if you look closely the over all colour has specks of pinks and purples, oranges and reds.

I also liked the drawings of Josephine Gallagher who made abstract images of circles and ovals which were coloured in blues with a grey background.  There were some white circles, and lots of little flecks of black and burnt umber.

David Rees Davies -  Don't go Backwards

David Rees Davies –
Don’t go Backwards

This painting by David Rees Davies is eerie and reminds me of Salvador Dali’s paintings.

David Rees Davies

David Rees Davies

Here are some websites I have found in the process of further researching this exhibition and the artists who showed their work.

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/5313/ 

http://www.andrewkotting.com/eden/work.html

http://davidreesdavies.com/

I really like the drawings I have found on both Kotting’s and Rees Davies’ websites.  They have unique styles.

Here is one of the drawings I have found on Rees Davies’ website:

Rollcall - Rees Davies Watercolour on paper.   Size: 68cm x 48cm

Rollcall – Rees Davies
Watercolour on paper. Size: 68cm x 48cm

Here are two drawings I found on Eden Kotting’s website:

Eden Kotting

Eden Kotting

Eden Kotting

Eden Kotting

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