8:00am Thursday 17th May 2012
By Jan Lee
High standards, skill and imagination are here in abundance in the Gallery in Bampton. Printmaker Susan Wheeler brings out beautifully the underlying structure of Wittenham Clumps, from Castle Hill, in linocut, a medium that lends itself to linear forms. She, in common with many artists like Paul Nash, captures a moment in time of this changing landscape.
For her decorative ceramic vessel Head Form Crabby Taylor gives her Raku body three coats of crank clay, then burnishes and water etches it before firing, giving it a delicate porcelain finish. Out of the violence of the kiln comes this quiet, elegant creation.
Neil Butterfield sees art as a “metaphor for the way we shape our world”, particularly through food. In his naive acrylic Risotto con Piselli, pictured, a welcoming chair is drawn up to a table laden with a plate of iridescent, phthalo green cockles, a saucepan filled with grains of risotto, glowing tomatoes, sage leaves and tiny chilli pieces: glowing, edible and fun.
Night’s Curtain, by Martin Smith, captures the eternal quality of stone.
Made from black Tuscan alabaster, this stylish, highly polished, abstract sculpture displays wavy layers of dark green, brown and flecks of rock crystal. Mounted on slate it turns, with a touch, to capture the light.
In his pastel Autumn Landscape, Laurence Burrell, evokes the lovely landscape of Limousin. Originally an architect, he leads you along a country path past a blue cabbage patch, an undulated furrowed field up to woods dotted with pink wild cherries.
Eleanor Clutton-Brock plays with the Olympic moment in Hedging the Market. Inspired by Aesop, her wickedly, witty paper and wire sculpture has the hare sitting on the tortoise facing the wrong way; so absorbed is he in his Financial Times with its bad news, he forgets he’s in a race he must win.
The show is on until May 27, Tues-Sat 10.30-4.30, Sun 2-3.
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