September 20 2014 Latest news:
By Kathryn Bradley
Friday, May 30, 2014
An exhibition of privately-owned paintings will go on public display for the first time next month in the run-up to the inaugural Southwold Arts Festival.
The 30 paintings all feature Southwold subjects but represent a variety of different styles and topics.
They belong to a mixture of individual collectors and artists, who have agreed to loan them to the festival committee.
There will be a rare opportunity to view the different artworks during the Art and Soul: Treasured Paintings of Southwold exhibition at Buckenham Galleries in High Street from Sunday, June 15 until Wednesday, July 16.
Chris Ure, who is a curator of the exhibition with gallery owner Graham Denny, said: “The exhibition has been a joy to curate because where possible we have endeavoured to include a brief note from the artist and the current owner to demonstrate not just the joy of painting but also the pleasure of collecting.”
Among the exhibits is a painting called Festival Light by artist Marc Brown, which was commissioned specially for the event and features on the front panel of the festival leaflet and brochure.
There are also watercolour landscapes, a portrayal of the Battle of Sole Bay, fishing and beach scenes and an abstract painting of the interior of St Edmund’s Church by John Piper, who captured the medieval splendour of the building while he was in the area for the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Charles Robertson, William Parrott, Thomas Smythe, Henry Davy, Mary Gundry and Reg Carter to name but a few.
Fiss Quinn has loaned a painting of Queen Street by Ronald Rutherford to the exhibition. The painting is particularly close to her heart as it was a gift from the artist himself.
Miss Quinn said: “When my parents ran the restaurant No 10 on the seafront in Southwold, they had a number of paintings for sale by our then neighbour, the artist Ronald Rutherford.
“One that I had liked very much was sold but then, without my knowledge, my parents asked Mr Rutherford if he would paint a similar picture. The result, painted on paper hand-made by Mr Rutherford and signed on the back by both of them, was a present for my 18th birthday.”
The exhibition catalogue includes personal stories from the painting owners and artists, with printing costs being subsidised by Diss Auctioneer TW Gaze.
Elizabeth Talbot, a director at TW Gaze and a regular on BBC1’s Flog It!, said: “We could not be more honoured to be associated with this truly special, historic and unique art exhibition.
“There are some important works on show; there are more modest pieces; there are some works on public view for the very first time and there are some personal pieces which were only ever intended for an intimate audience.
“However, they all have in common the fact that they are precious to their owners by association with the town.”
■Art and Soul: Treasured Paintings of Southwold runs at Buckenham Galleries in High Street, Southwold, from Sunday, June 15 until Wednesday, July 16. Admission is free.
■For more on events at Southwold Arts Festival and to buy tickets, visit southwoldartsfestival.co.uk