No. 143 for Ipswich Art Society – Part II

In last week’s post I looked at two artists’ retrospectives which featured as part of the Ipswich Art Society’s 143rd Open Exhibition. This week I thought I’d post a few photographs of other works on display that caught my attention.

As this exhibition was an open show there were pictures and sculptures by both members of the Ipswich Art Society and also works from members of the general public. In my opinion the outstanding work of the whole event was this garden sculpture, ‘Curled Figure’ by Kate Reynolds.

‘Curled Figure’ Kate Reynolds. Stoneware ceramic.

Across the exhibition there were a variety of media and techniques on display from the two dimensional, wall art category including paintings, drawings, prints and enamels to textured relief work to full sculpture. As far as media was concerned along with traditional oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings there were works created and expressed in pastel, gouache, pencil, ink, graphite, charcoal, conté, wood, cloth, stoneware ceramic, bronze, copper, steel, wire and even ink with gold leaf.

There were pictures for every taste with strongly coloured abstract paintings,

figurative works,

bucolic scenes,

‘After the Snow, Blythburgh’, Mary Gundry. Oil.

a handful of textile pieces

and even a social commentary textile installation.

‘Abolish Snobbery’, Hannah Aria. Textile installation.

However, my favourite of the ‘paintings’ in the show was an atypical expression of the English countryside, ‘This Green and Pleasant Land’ by Dave King working in a traditional, Japanese style with more than a hint of ukiyo-e about it.

‘This Green and Pleasant Land’, Dave King. Acrylic and Ink. 2022

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

4 thoughts on “No. 143 for Ipswich Art Society – Part II”

  1. What a fascinating exhibition, thanks for sharing the works. My favourites were, I think, the strongly coloured abstracts you displayed. I am not a pastel person!

    1. Yes, and as you know often photographs of paintings don’t do them justice. This was especially the case with those abstracts. They were much better in real life.

  2. I love strong colours so those abstracts would have caught my eye. But I also love that Japanese style landscape. Very arresting. Then, as you say, the sculpture is a star – so evocative,

    1. Yes, the sculpture even received serious attention from my daughter who wanted to buy it! Sadly, despite a combined budget it would be of out of our reach and also she doesn’t even have a garden living in London.

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