Three local artists to showcase work at gallery’s first exhibition of the season


Halesworth Gallery is set to host its first show of the new season featuring the work of three local artists.


Barbara Bernard, Claire Cansick, and Janice Lacey will be exhibiting their work at the gallery in Steeple End, Halesworth from tomorrow, April 28 to Wednesday, May 16.

Barbara, who came to England in the 70s from America, moved to Ditchingham four years ago and works from a studio in her garden.

She said: 'I was a silkscreen printmaker for many years but began painting in oils about twelve years ago. My years of printmaking have informed my work as a painter, but I am glad to break free from the limitations of a very technical medium, and I am enjoying the subtlety and variation achievable in paint.

'My style is unashamedly realistic, but always - I hope - slightly unconventional. My subject matter is from the real world around me. What interests me most is the fall of light and shadow on things, whether they be landscape, animals, architecture, still life or the human figure.'

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Meanwhile speaking of her work, Claire said: 'My exploration of the figurative form depicts lone female figures, bent and stretched through the defines of perspective, flattened and elongated, in a moment of stillness or captured in movement.

'I like to abstract shapes, negative space and play with colour but particularly I enjoy the development of line.

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'Through the exploration of the perspective of the figure I push my limits of knowledge and understanding of drawing the human figure and strive to retain equilibrium.'

Janice moved to Norfolk from Wales where she attended life drawing classes and a short course at Lampeter College.

She said: 'I have exhibited in the Ferini gallery and the Lowestoft Art Centre. I belong to Lowestoft art club, the Yarmouth Guild, the East Anglian Society of Contemporary Artists, and Gorleston Broadlanders Art club where I hold office of secretary.

'I work in oils, watercolour, and gouache. Each of these mediums bring their own rewards; oils for the freedom, watercolour for the delicacy I aim to produce, and gouache gives me the brilliancy I see in every-day items, even if it is the mundane task of making a stew.'

The gallery is open weekdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

A preview party will be held tonight from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and everyone is welcome.

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