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This group exhibition brings together the artists of group 7, who have a strong commitment to the media of drawing, painting and printmaking.
They share an interest in abstract and expressive painting with a strong use of colour. The exhibition showcases their recent work, allowing visitors to discover this fascinating art ensemble for themselves. The group comprises Brian BishopFran DonovanMartyn BrewsterUrsula LeachBonnie BrownPeter Symons and Michelle Griffiths, all of whom are based in the South of England.
Sophie Cummings, curator at the museum recently gave us further insights than provided by the excellent handout into this exhibition by looking at the exhibition as a whole and then discussing artists work in turn.

I took a few photos of Sophie talking about the work and this one below of the audience

Sophie gave an excellent talk on the exhibition 

This is a general view, and after writing the blog post the first time, I decided I’d better go round again and take more photos of each artist’s work

Going round the exhibition as most people seem to do, in an anticlockwise direction, we start with the work of Brian Bishop, seen below:

 Brian’s work is probably the brightest of all the artist’s work in the exhibition, this use of colour is explained in detail in the handout accompanying the exhibition, written by Michelle Griffiths

 Above is one of Fran Donovan’s landscapes, a screenprint, ‘Across the Ridgeway’ which I feel conveys textures of the Ridgeway rather well. There are a group of 4 of Fran’s landscapes in the exhibition below:

 The next artist featured on the tour round the exhibition in an anticlockwise direction is Bonnie Brown, she is quoted as saying ‘Light, its effects and qualities of transience, fragility and hope, inform the work.’

 Above is ‘Night Tracks Fragment 4’, oil on paper, and below another piece by Bonnie Brown

 The next artist is Ursula Leach whose painting below is titled ‘Path’, it’s carborundum and hand colouring

 This picture below is one by Peter Symons titled ‘Jetty series 6 No 29 and is mixed media on paper.

 Here it is with two others.

 We then move round to Michelle Griffiths work, she says ‘In my own work, I explore the way colour can contribute to a visual language that works as a metaphor for personal experience of, and observation of personal dispositions, relationships and behaviour.’

 Here’s a close up of one of ‘What’s Next?’

and finally the work of Martyn Brewster

 and the fantastically electric blue painting

This exhibition runs until 7 September, do go and have a look if you can, and make a note of the dates of the 
Next lunchtime talks:
20.9.19 Touring the Swindon Collection
11.10.19 Ken White: Railways and Landscapes
18.10.19 Touring the Swindon Collection
22.11.19 Time for tea
20.12.19 Hit Repeat
More details on the website

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