Arts Collections, Wingfield

MICHAEL DRAKE The jubilee celebrations evoked much nostalgia and with a viewing of etchings by the celebrated Portuguese “painter of stories” Paula Rego, entitled Nursery Rhymes, I anticipated a little more of the “I remember it well” feeling.

MICHAEL DRAKE

The jubilee celebrations evoked much nostalgia and with a viewing of etchings by the celebrated Portuguese “painter of stories” Paula Rego, entitled Nursery Rhymes, I anticipated a little more of the “I remember it well” feeling.

The 36 etchings inspired by children's tales at her grandmother's knee do have familiar titles.

But the rhymes have frightening streaks in them, and the artist's studies strips them of their innocent childhood veneers.

In the same disquieting vein are etchings of the Peter Pan story – surreal, cruel Captain Hook, and Wendy sewing on Peter's shadow.

The third group in this collection is of prints based on the 12th century Children's Crusade, exploring light and dark in painting character and story telling. On the Hill, an etching and aquatint, dark and foreboding alongside brightness, is particularly evocative.

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Out of Line, loaned by the Arts Council Collection, explores the nature of drawing and here David Connearn's large Coming – Going is quite mesmeric with white spaces giving it a texture one can almost touch. Hockney and Sutherland also feature among some 45 artists' work on the theme that drawing and lines serve as a means of remembering sights and illustrating visual sensations.

Returning to Wingfield from Barcelona is Cadagues Mini Prints – 600 of them from 50 countries – from lithograph and screenprints to laser and computer works. Rich in colour and diversity of subject, the exhibition is a work of art in itself.

t The first two collections are on view until the end of June, the last until mid-August and well worth a day's visit. In addition, Wingfield's new walled art garden and the Collage to see as well as the nearby La Pole Arms in which to drink it all in.

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