Academicians set to display their work in Honiton gallery

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 December 2017

Across the Loch to Pinnacle Ridge, Isle of Skye, by Alan Cotton.

Across the Loch to Pinnacle Ridge, Isle of Skye, by Alan Cotton.


South West Academy Academicians and Associate Academicians have joined together for the third South West Academy Exhibition at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton.

Kenidjack by Karen McEndoo.Kenidjack by Karen McEndoo.

The ever-popular Winter Exhibition will feature a new body of work including paintings, sculpture, prints and ceramics.

The Academy embraces artists from right across the South West region. This year’s exhibition features amongst others, the work of artists from Cornwall such as Karen McEndoo to David Brooke in Dorset, and the well-known Devon artist Ray Balkwill.

Living near Truro in Cornwall, Karen McEndoo often reflects both the north and south Cornish coastlines in her work.

Karen’s new abstract work ‘Kendijack’ features in the exhibition.

David Brooke’s meticulously crafted artwork ‘Stealing the Seven Birds of Wisdom’ reflects one of his distinctive themes often originating from mythology, but embellished by his imagination.

David said: “Although not based on any actual story, my pictures can create the feeling of a myth or folk-tale.

“What I am aiming for first and foremost, is an emotional response from my audience. The story elements are a device to draw people in.”

East Devon-based, Ray Balkwill’s watercolours, pastels and oils are much sought after.

His paintings can be found in private collections and galleries all over the country as well as abroad.

In 2006, he was elected an Academician in the South West Academy and has been a member of the St Ives Society of Artists since 1999.

He is a strong advocate of painting en plein air and his main objective is to capture the mood and ‘spirit’ of a place.

Living as he does on the coast, it is little wonder that the wide-open spaces of sea, estuary and sky have been the mainspring of his art.

Phil Creek, Chair of the South West Academy said: “The members of the Academy are delighted to be exhibiting at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, a jewel in the crown of East Devon culture, again in 2018.

“Now established as the first, and a major highlight in our exhibition calendar each year, our artists bring together some of their best work to adorn the walls and exhibition spaces at THG.”

The South West Academy Winter Exhibition runs from January 13 to February 24 and will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission.

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