What's on now and forthcoming exhibitions on display in the Refectory
London Panoramas - An Exhibition by John Duffin
5 May 2018 - 8 June 2018
This exhibition by acclaimed artist John Duffin shows panoramic views across London from high points around the city showing the architectural skyline against dramatic dusks. John Duffin makes drawingsand colour studies outside and then work on them as oils paintings in his studio, trying to capture the wide angle excitement of the city and his memories and associations with it over 30 years.
John Duffin was born in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and worked as a Ship’s Draughtsman at Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering before studying at Goldsmiths College and taking an MA in Printmaking at Central St Martins School of Art. A member of Royal Society of Painter Printmakers he has shown extensively both in London and closer to home. Having spent almost equal lengths of time in a small northern town and in London, John Duffin’s work speaks of his experiences of both places, and of the struggle of man against an often domineering urban environment.
He is influenced by cinema and comic books, and his works posess a noirish quality reflected in the harsh shadow, lamplight and imposing architecture which seem to overwhelm the recurring figures.
Nature and Nature Morte - An Exhibition by Linda Douthwaite
9 June - 7 July 2018
My paintings are influenced by a number of interests – from ecological environments and the botanical studies of artists accompanying early explorers, to surrealism, symbolism and oriental art. There is a sense of discovery in drawing plein air - watching and drawing natural form and engaging in the flow and line of growth – being a participant in nature not just an observer.
In Still Life allegory I seek to create a slightly unsettling image, by juxtaposing found objects, “curiosities” of the natural world and memento mori objects - such as the clock - which symbolize transience of life. The insects included were drawn at the Natural History Museum.
The combination of both structure, and tension created between the objects by this chance arrangement of disparate objects helps to establish an image of both energy and equilibrium.
Celebrating the British Isles - An Exhibition by Kelly Hall
21 July 2018 - 14 September 2018
Kelly Hall paints original Modern Vintage artwork collections inspired by the landscape and culture of the British Isles.
This exhibition showcases two of her current print collections: Vintage Railway, inspired by mid-20th century travel posters, and Vintage Kitchen, inspired by Britain's rich culinary heritage.