An art exhibition will run from April 2 to May 6 at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods to celebrate Minehead Literary Festival, which takes place at Minehead Methodist Hall on Saturday April 27. The art exhibition focuses on the importance of place, the theme of the literary festival, and features work by accomplished local artists Jo Minoprio, Leo Davey and Pauline Clyde, who are well known for capturing a strong sense of place in their depiction of local scenes.
Jo Minoprio first came to live on Exmoor 40 years ago and she continues to explore her passion for the wild Exmoor landscape, and in particular her fascination with beech hedges.
We often think of our Exmoor landscape as being natural and wild when actually the miles of hedgerows have been modelled by man through being cut, laid, trimmed or simply left over the years, forming exquisite but temporary sculptures of our time.
The beech hedges have to some extent become a trademark of Jo’s work with her photography and artwork travelling, side by side, down the path to discovery.
Pauline Clyde worked as a commercial artist, illustrating guide books and producing watercolour images of proposed buildings for developers in London and worked on private commissions of house exteriors and interiors.
Pauline turned her attention to non-commercial work and has since concentrated on painting. She experiments with media in order to develop her responses to the environment and is constantly playing and responding to the energies and effects of the natural world; studying the nature of water, the seasonal changes of trees, the compositions of still life and the movement and colours of flowers. Her work varies from energetic abstracts to tenaciously observed studies and she finds the execution of a painting a constant and exciting puzzle to be solved.
In order to share and work with other painters, Pauline has a studio in Somerset where she holds ‘painting together’ days, weekend retreats and art weeks for which she is qualified to teach. She runs tutoring sessions in London.
Leo studied at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall and was winner of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Smith & Williamson Prize in 2015.
Leo has won the Evolver Prize, has been a prize-winner at the A303, Millfield & Ilminster open exhibitions. He has shown at the Royal West of England Academy and had paintings in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012, 13, 14 and 15 and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at London’s Mall Galleries.
He lives and works in his home town of Minehead where he has a studio/gallery and undertakes a whole variety of commissions. Leo is always happy to discuss options.
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