Tuesday 11th – Saturday 22nd April

LINE FORM LIGHT is an exciting new group show featuring an eclectic range of artists that we are thrilled to welcome to Colonnade House. Each work is unique and arresting, yet all are joined thematically.  Lorraine from the group shared her thoughts with me on what is meant by the exhibition title LINE FORM LIGHT:

“We have all known each other for a long time and put together exhibitions before. The mix of disciplines was chosen to encompass and overlap fine art, applied art, design and craftsmanship. In the case of 2 dimensional works, the lines provide guidance and boundaries for colour which give rise to an impression of depth, the reflective qualities of colours adding light and shade. Each piece is framed by the perceived line between the edges and the wall behind. With the 3 dimensional forms, light and shade is expressed through the reflective qualities of the materials used. Lines produce surface design and texture, and also perspective, allowing the viewer to perceive the dimensions of the form.

Whilst we all consider and work with Line, Form and Light, in each piece we produce the balance varies and one or other quality may appear dominant. Yet each works to enhance the others.  Straight lines appear curved by form; curved lines add form to flat imagery.

Form reflects light that moves as we move; light-reflecting colour gives movement to static images.

Light can distort our perceptions by glancing off a surface into the eyes, or enhance our perceptions with illumination.”

An overview of the artists exhibiting: 

Paul Chapman

Consideration of how the piece will feel in the hand is the starting point for Paul’s work. He hopes each piece will be a pleasure to pick up and hold, turn around in the hands, or perhaps have on your lap whilst watching television.

Coming from a background making musical instruments, specifically woodwind, Paul is well aware of how unsustainable the use is of rare, endangered and slow growing hard woods. As a result he chooses to make pieces from reclaimed woods: old doors and frames, broken furniture, and any other interesting scrap wood he can find.

He cuts and laminates, working with the different grains to create patterns.
The material is then carved and sanded into hollow forms, lightweight, smooth, tactile and beautiful.

Paul Chapman (2)

Jane Denman

Contemporary dance fuels Jane as a painter by presenting beautiful, passionate, emotional, and extraordinary movements of the body in space. Often relying upon memory, her work re-imagines dance sequences that she has experienced emotionally as well as visually. She works with a variety of media, especially water-based paints, to create worlds of theatrical dance through drips, splashes, and rivulets of colour.

Jane’s work springs from varied sources: She works with dancers, sketches at performances, or employs photographic stills or video. As she watches the dancers on stage she is intrigued by the physical space in which they move, particularly the interplay between their bodies, the stage boundaries, theatrical lighting, and darkness. Her work reinterprets these interactions through colour and abstraction, and expresses her intuitive and creative responses to dance today.

Jane Denman

Lorraine Gibby

Dominated by the use and perception of colour, Lorraine uses traditional print-making techniques on aluminium, to produce unique raw material, as a starting point for her jewellery designs. Her interest in the history of textiles influences surface designs and textures.

Lorraine’s use of form is usually traceable to flora and fauna. Currently her studies of cacti and succulents, their statuesque shapes, fantastic flowers and deceptive surfaces lure her into layering metals and stones to capture something of their individuality.

Lorraine Gibby

Fleur Grenier

Fleur completed her M.A. on The Goldsmithing, Silversmithing Metalwork & Jewellery course at The Royal College of Art, London in 1996 and has since established a studio in West Sussex.  She is a member of The Sussex Guild, Contemporary Glass Society and a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.

Fleur began glassblowing in 2013 and started to combine it with pewter: the two materials complement each other perfectly.  All of her designs are individual and sculptural in style. Movement and fluidity are the main influences for her work and each piece is designed to capture these elements. Her current range of work has developed from a series of drawings of molten lava, the pewter swirling and appearing to move. The glass has been blown to look as if it is flowing over the pewter and many evoke the intense variations of colour between the static cooled lava and the flowing lava stream.

Fleur grenier

Jessica Jordan

Jessica builds porcelain and stoneware vessels based on aerial shots of landscapes from around Sussex. She decorates with slip to bring colour, and found objects impressed to surface to bring texture, defining contrast between rough and smooth surfaces.

Jessica Jordan

Roy Matthews

Taking inspiration from the Dutch still life painters of the 17th Century, this series of photographs was created using the technique of light painting – applying the light by hand. The aim was to produce images with a painterly look and to express meaning through the symbolism of the objects within the scene.

Roy Matthews