About the artist:
EMOTIONAL RESPONSE CONTRASTS WITH VISUAL ESSENTIALS
MEL CORMACK-HICKS. In the emotional spectrum
Mel Cormack-Hicks creates paintings that burst with energy and drama. They are thrilling and dynamic, the bigger the better! Her best loved locations are the woods and streams near her Cotswolds home, and the coast and beaches near her holiday home in Beer. She paints much of her work ”en plein air” returning to her studio for final touches.
Mel says, “I am constantly surprised by the momentum of my work. Decisions on shape and colour flow almost subconsciously as the patterns and textures build up. This seeming loss of control creates a composition that seems to surface naturally. The final lush daubs of paint and sprayed flashes of ink applied back in the studio, frame layers of underpainting that become little jewels waiting to be discovered.”
NIGEL SHARMAN. The fundamentals examined
Nigel is another lover of the South West coastline. From his studio in London he frequently visits the family home near Beer, a springboard for his inspiration. Even his still lifes seem to have that sense of freshness and light evident in the Devon and Cornish air. This thrill with Devon and Cornwall can be traced to his childhood when taken by his father round the galleries in St Ives and Newlyn and drawn to the works of artists such as Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis.
Nigel works with a very controlled palette and plays intriguingly with perspective. There is an enchanting flatness, almost a challenge to the viewer in his still lifes, while absorption with light and shadow add presence to his compositions. Nigel searches to discover and reveal the fundamentals of his subject matter. The result? You are on that harbour wall at Mousehole or tucking into the fresh Cornish mackerel. Satisfying? Certainly!