Visitors out and about in Worcestershire during October may come across a major exhibition of paintings by two Worcester based artists, Paul Powis & Sara Hayward. Their joint exhibition, “Landscape: Towards Abstraction,” is at the GreenStage Gallery, at the Hop Pocket, Bishops Frome, Worcestershire,WR6 5BT, until Sunday October 29th.
“We were delighted when Mr Will Pudge, the gallery director of GreenStage gallery, visited our Worcestershire Open Studio event last August and invited us to show at the GreenStage gallery this autumn. Will is a tour de force in the art world regularly exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea,“ said Sara. “It is a great gallery for this exhibition of more than thirty original paintings and a unique opportunity to see vibrant, heightened colour at its most expressive. I really love Paul’s latest landscapes, inspired by the Teme valley.”
Paul Powis trained as an abstract painter and became interested in landscape when he moved to Worcestershire from London in 1988. Since then he has become an internationally recognised artist with collections in America, Japan and Europe. As well as working extensively for galleries Paul works in publishing in the form of limited edition silkscreen prints, book covers, calendars and greeting cards. Closer to home his work can be seen on permanent display in The Place To Eat restaurant at John Lewis, Bristol and in the Italian restaurant on board the Queen Mary II. Other clients include Harper Collins, Washington Green, Nouvelles Images and IKEA. His work is predominantly about subjective colour and vibrant mark-making. Paul often paints his landscapes in early morning or late afternoon in order to capture long shadows raking over fields and hills. Although his paintings are representational, they lean towards abstraction using constructional spatial devices in the composition, and use of subjective colour to describe space.
Sara Hayward studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford University before going on to study printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. Eight large scale abstract paintings inspired by the gardens at Winterbourne House & Garden are on display. Travels abroad visiting European art collections have also inspired her recent work. Sara was commissioned recently to paint the portrait of Henry Sandon MBE which is on permanent display at the Museum of Royal Worcester.