It is not a pre-requisite for exhibitions to include the word 'Coast' in their title, but given the proximity of the gallery to the coast and the fundamental connection between our part of Norfolk and the sea, it is definitely becoming a habit.
Our next exhibition does, with Coast and Field which opens in the gallery on Friday 1st June at 6pm, and features the vibrant paintings of local (very local) artists Kevin and Ann-Marie Ryan.
At their last exhibition with us three years ago, I referred to how best to write about successful artists on their return for further exhibitions. As I noted then ”The biographical details remain the same and in most cases the style and approach are a development of what has gone before, and which underpins their reputation – which, of course, is why they have been invited back” This still holds true, and amongst our regular returnees, Ann-Marie and Kevin Ryan have seen consistent success over the last 16 years.
At the heart of all their work are their distinctive palettes embuing their perception of the underlying earthforms of the Norfolk scene with a warmth that strikes a chord with many who appreciate the distinctive character of the area. Their paintings are not normal for Norfolk. Vibrant, rich and sometimes dark colours are not what most associate with the county and yet they are very much in tune with it.
For those who are familiar with their work, this latest collection builds on their considerable reputation. For those who are less familiar – come and see – for almost inevitably, the limitations of reproduction tell only part of the story.
COAST AND FIELD - Ann-Marie and Kevin Ryan, June 1st to 23rd