The new arrangement of the gallery has exhibitions of work by Bernard Barnes (Fragments of Barmouth and Devon), Reyna Rushton, Alyosha Barnes and Sasha Barnes. Also, until the end of June, there is a bay including paintings by Bernard and Alyosha influenced by the refugee crises, and a graffiti wall to add your art and words.
A catalogue of the Fragments of Devon collection by Bernard Barnes is available to buy from Amazon, more information about the pictures from that collection is available on his website, and prints of the Fragments of Devon collection and some of Barmouth pictures are available to buy from Redbubble.
The gallery is now open to the public again after long refurbishment work over the winter and spring. There is a new internal layout of the display boards creating four ‘rooms’. The large painting, Captives of the Cosmic Web, has been rehung on the north wall and the first of the ceiling panels (the Mythic Dreamer of the Gobekli Tepe – read more) has been put up.
The new exhibitions are a family affair. The art by Bernard Barnes (Fragments of Devon), Reyna Rushton, Sasha Barnes and Alyosha Barnes is all on display and for sale. There will also be an area inviting your participation in considering the refugee crisis.
Bernard and Reyna will be working in the gallery as their studio space during October and things will be moving around in preparation for further renovations of the building that will be taking place November to May, during which time the gallery will be closed to the public.
Bernard, Reyna and Aly have been emersing themselves in the issues around refugees over the last few months leading to the creation of new art works.
Bernard says “The idea is to create a wall combining the paintings. Ideally, in the appropriate setting, where the wall could be extended. The origins of this terrible conflict can be examined, and the consequences explored. On the other side of the barbed-wire wall will be the scrafeto wall.”
“It was originally designed to be a component in an exhibition concerning refugees. Visitors would be asked to leave an image, a comment, an object that will refer to this extraordinary human phenomena. We are thinking of building this as a winter space in the gallery, before it closes for the winter renovations.”
The left panel in the above image is still being painted by Aly Barnes. It is based on an extraordinary image of people gathering in Aleppo in a ruined street.
Please call in to see progress on this work. And if you have any options of places that these pieces can be displayed over the winter, please let Bernard know.
Reyna Rushton is one of the two resident artists at St Johns Hall Gallery. Her work on exhibition is a series of pictures dealing with important themes, which use archetypal stories or images that reflect the human condition.
“I have attempted to hold a balance between the stylized iconographic approach (the general) and images drawn from my own personal environment (the particular),” she says. “I am also interested in exploring from a technical and aesthetic point of view, ways of breaking up the flat smooth canvas surface to reflect the complex nature of the visual world.”
The pieces on display are available for sale and the prices are listed in the exhibition catalogue, ranging from £100 to £450.