Penwith Gallery: October Exhibitions
Two new exhibitions at Penwith this October, Caroline Hall’s semi abstract landscapes sing with colour, whilst Tom Leaper’s ‘Ladies of Lockdown’ series acknowledges the struggles we have faced during the height of the pandemic.
Caroline Hall’s work is informed by sketches and photographs but is rarely literal. Semi abstract landscapes singing with colour take the viewer from St Ives, to Hampshire, across the sea to Jersey and as far afield as Yosemite. This selection of significant works will be the first time Caroline has shown a large collection of paintings since her major retrospective at Southampton City Art Gallery in 2017.
Known for the creative freedom of his practice and skill in metalwork, Tom Leaper’s ‘Ladies of Lockdown’ allows us space to reflect, and to show kindness in a time when its most needed.
During Lockdown Tom went into his studio with no fixed ideas, just an urge to start working, to try to make sense of the situation. His first step was to play around with bronze sheet metal, building free form shapes and trusting in the creative process.
These unstructured shapes developed into a series of small bronze heads and it was during this time that Tom started to read media reports of the increase in domestic violence. A proportion of the show’s revenue will be donated to Women’s Aid to support the increase in women needing refuge during lockdown.