Exhibition in Honiton: Frances gets ‘hands-on’ as she creates her art

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 September 2017

Esplande Foil at Dawn

Esplande Foil at Dawn


‘Red Earth Under My Nails’ is the title of a new solo exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton, featuring the work of artist Frances Hatch.

Frances Hatch's sketch book over SidmouthFrances Hatch's sketch book over Sidmouth

Frances said: “The exhibition title really came about because when I end a day with earth under my nails, my hands have been at work in the way they like best and I get great pleasure when it is difficult to get it all off!

“My practice is literally hands-on. Of course in Devon there is a good deal of ancient red earth.”

A South West artist, based in Bridport, Frances Hatch was the winner of the THG Open 2016. She was also awarded the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize by The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2016.

She has contributed to Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists, Thames and Hudson, UK and is a senior tutor at West Dean College.

This new body of work has been produced using and integrating earth and materials in selected locations across Devon including Sidmouth.

Frances said: “As I’ve researched for this show, I’ve been also getting to know the warm, subtle variety of palettes in locations like Fremington Quay, Dartmoor, Westward Ho! and Abbotsham. And I have particularly enjoyed sourcing and working with the intensity of ‘Bideford Black’ earth.

While working, I pause to consider the age and the natural processes involved in the formation of the pigments I use.”

Angela Blackwell, curator at the THG said: “It is not often we get the opportunity to feature the work of an artist who paints entirely outside, as this is becoming increasingly rare.

Frances will be thoroughly involved with the exhibition. I am particularly excited that she will be giving a talk about her work, which promises to be really insightful and chance to learn more about her practice.”

Red Earth Under My Nails runs from Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, October 28 and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission.

The exhibition will also feature an artist workshop on Monday, September 18, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, at a cost of £30 (£25 THG Friends).

There is also an artist talk from Thursday, September 21, at 6pm, at a cost of £5 (£3 THG Friends).

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