‘Preview’: new paintings by Sarah Adams

July 5th – September 1st, 2012

A number of new works by Sarah Adams will be on show in the gallery over the course of this summer, giving visitors a chance to ‘preview’ the next series of paintings prior to their inclusion in a major solo show at the Maas Gallery in May 2013.  They depict some of the artist’s favourite subjects and also include some new ones, with an emphasis on the geology and rich surface texture of rock formations eroded by the sea.

The gallery will be open 11 am – 1 pm and 2pm – 5 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  To view the exhibition at other times please contact us to make an appointment on 01841 533777.

Sarah Adams, Waterfall Cave, oil on linen, 75 x 225cm

Sarah Adams, Waterfall Cave, oil on linen, 75 x 225cm

A new series of paintings by Sarah Adams


Seven new canvases by Sarah Adams are on show in the gallery this Easter, all ‘outdoor’ landscapes, in contrast to the caves and rock formations that usually dominate her work.  ‘Newtrain Panorama 1‘ (oil on linen, 40 x 100 cm, illustrated above), is one of four Trevone paintings in the exhibition. There are also images of the Camel estuary and Tregudder.

A selection of work by gallery artists is also available to view.  We will be open on Thursday and Saturday as usual, but closed for Good Friday.  Please call 01841 533777 if you would like to arrange a visit out of hours.

Lynn Golden exhibition

Lynn Golden, Towan in Winter, pastelLynn has been busy this winter, working from some of her favourite subjects on the Roseland Peninsular and fitting in an intensive working trip to Holland, where she made an amazing series of flower studies.

Some examples of her new work are now available to view at the Padstow Studio, or alternatively, if you are in St Mawes over the Easter weekend you can catch her solo exhibition at the Millenium Rooms, Friday 6th to Wednesday 11th April, 10 am to 6 pm.

Chris Thomas at Treyarnon

chris-thomas-large-study-for-two-swimmers-at-treyarnon-bay-oil-on-board-3-x-4Chris Thomas spent time working at Treyarnon last year, and he has just delivered some of the results, including this lovely painting, Large study for Two swimmers at Treyarnon Bay. We also have new work from Alison Pullen, Kim Bentley and Anita Taylor, so do pop in if you are in Padstow this Spring.  The gallery hours are as usual: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 – 1 and 2 – 5 and at other times by appointment.

BBC Country Tracks

working-in-a-cave-at-trevonebbc-country-tracksA big thank you to everyone who contacted me after seeing the BBC Country Tracks program screened last Sunday, and my apologies to those who had difficulty in accessing this website, which buckled a bit under the strain!  Huge thanks too to Joe Crowley and the lovely crew that came to film the piece.  It was great fun to do (I don’t often get a cup of tea made for me), and everyone was in excellent spirits despite the appalling weather.


The sketch made that day (left) is part of a new series of small works on panel that explore aspects of the extraordinary rock formations at Trevone, an ongoing project.

The large oil painting of Piskies Cove that I was working on in the studio is now finished (below), and will be on show here in Padstow over the next few months before it goes off to London for my next exhibition with the Maas Gallery (May 2013).


Work in progress

sarah-adams-studioAlthough the gallery is now closed until February 11th, there are a number of events coming up.

I will be exhibiting a new series of small canvases here over the Easter break, along with lovely new work by a range of gallery artists including embroidered pieces by Kim Bentley, pastels by Lynn Golden, collage interiors by Alison Pullen and paintings by Chris Thomas.

Chris Thomas, Rachel Budd, Mo Farquharson and I are also looking forward to exhibiting work at the Lynne Strover Gallery in Cambridgeshire this Spring, opening on April 21st. Please visit www.strovergallery.co.uk for more information.

My next show with the Maas Gallery will be in May 2013, and work is already well underway for that.  It will run across two venues, with other events planned to coincide – so please watch this space ….

Meanwhile, Oliver Lange has written an article about my paintings and working process for The Artist Magazine, February 2012 issue (out now).

Visitors out of gallery hours are still very welcome, even while we are closed for the winter, so if you are planning a trip to Padstow, please contact us to arrange a time.

Lastly, we would like to wish all our friends and gallery visitors a very happy and successful 2012!

Happy Christmas!

kit-surrey-granite-faces-xiiiAlison Pullen, The Master Bedroom at Prideaux

lynn-golden-st-just-churchyardWe would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

The gallery has lots of lovely new work in stock at the moment, including these pieces by Alison Pullen, Lynn Golden and Kit Surrey, so do drop by if you are in town during the holidays. Opening hours are as normal on Thursday and Friday 11 – 1 and 2 – 5, but on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we will close slightly earlier at 4 pm.

The gallery will be closed from January 1st until February 12th 2012, but if you are planning a trip to Padstow and wish to arrange a studio visit during that time, please call us on 01841 533777.

Phil Naylor: Stratamatic

Lift Ground Ceramic by Phil NaylorOur guest artist this month is Phil Naylor, who is exhibiting an exciting series of monotypes, drawings and etchings.  These works, some of which were exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition earlier this year, reconstruct the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts.

Stratamatic is a collection of works from a period of drawing and printmaking, exploring specific landscapes, and repetitive or ‘automatic’ methods of production.  The intention is to re-present visions of natural or man-made environments through a range of adopted marks and motifs, to create equivalents for a particular terrain, in effect translations of the landscape. Whether responding to sparsely developed rural uplands or suburban settlements, my practice is to find common structures, repeated elements, patterns and matrices that can be discerned over a rock-strewn plateau as well as the roofscapes of an urban hinterland.

The distinctive qualities of these works are partly formed by the environments I walk, edgelands, urban marginals, rural settlements, post-industrial zones where archaeology lies on the surface, limestone pavements, heat-formed granite uplands, heathland, moorland and the coastal fringes. I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.

In the studio my approach is deliberately speculative.  As a printmaker I have always allowed the process to flavour my ideas, and although most of my projects start with observational work in drawing books, in many cases the process I use will modify my intentions, often adding something, sometimes beauty, sometimes discord, sometimes magic.  In these works I have adopted formulaic approaches, repeating dotted and sometimes continuous lines across a surface, and in some cases painstakingly inserting different components into the gaps, forming an illusory space strewn with data.  This use of close linework to create illusions of space harks back to steel engravings of the 19th century, and my interest in the Rocky Landscape as a subject for development comes loaded with symbolism not lost on me in studying the early etchings of Hercules Seghers in the British Museum.  I am borrowing a range of different languages here.

Whether through silkscreen, monotype, etching or drawing, in Stratamatic I am asking the process to give me visual equivalents, coaxing new realities from traditional methods. Philip Naylor, 2011

Phil Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Programme Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing.  He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.  The exhibition continues until October 1st.  Please contact the gallery for further information.

Guest artist for August: Rosalind Eastman

Rosalind EastmanWe are delighted to present a new series of watercolours by the artist Rosalind Eastman.

Ros studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969.  She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  A recent retrospective ‘Forty Years On’, was held at the North Cornwall Museum and Gallery, and included works by both artists, celebrating their life and work in Trevalga.  These paintings document the coastal landscape around the artist’s home, and her close relationship to the environment she has come to know so well.

Here a small, friendly village community is positioned on the edge of a dramatic stretch of  North Cornwall’s coast.  It can be a dangerous edge because of the wild drama played out between an onslaught of sea against a bulwark of land.  Equally it can be gloriously radiant and serene. Rosalind Eastman, 2011

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About the Gallery

The Padstow Studio is an artist-run space, opened in 2006 by the landscape painter Sarah Adams, whose studio occupies the second floor of the building. The gallery below exhibits Sarah’s own work and that of a circle of friends, artists who she has studied with, shown with or shared studio space with over the years.

The gallery exhibits a constantly changing selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics and works in bronze, and aims to give visitors the opportunity to engage with and follow the development of individuals who interest them.

Not everyone the gallery shows is based in Cornwall, and most of the group are also represented by well-established galleries elsewhere. For further information about individual artists, please click on their names, and follow the links to their own websites.

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Small and medium size works can generally be carried away at time of purchase. We are also happy to pack and send small pieces by Royal Mail Special Delivery at no extra charge.

Large and medium works can be delivered a specialist art carrier. We cover the cost of most deliveries within the UK mainland if the purchase price is over £1,000 (excluding some parts of Scotland).

James Campbell

James Campbell, 'Wind at sunset', jug

James Campbell, ‘Wind at sunset’, jug

James Campbell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964. His ceramic pieces have been widely exhibited, and he is represented in major public collections in the UK, Australia and Japan. ‘A pot decorated with a drawing is something of a paradox. They have different terms of reference and are in different languages, and bringing them together in a way that works is an exciting challenge. I try to make the form strong enough in its own right to hold the drawing, to be muscular and even dynamic. too much movement, however, would make it an incompatible partner, so there is a balance to be struck. The drawing must not overwhelm the shape, but at the same time it must have a content of its own and be more than decoration.’

Mark Cazalet

'Christmas Woods', chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

‘Christmas Woods’, chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

Mark Cazalet is based in London and Suffolk, and works in a wide range of media from painting, drawing and printmaking, to large-scale architectural and ecclesiastical projects in stained glass and other materials. He has also produced images for several limited edition books. His paintings often reflect his experience of the city in which he lives, from the parks, cemeteries and playing fields to the canals, gas installations and flyovers of West London. His pictures are evocative and personal responses to an urban landscape that becomes almost pastoral; a promised land of quiet havens and open spaces. In contrast, towering concrete and metal structures are rendered with a dynamic, cathedral-like elegance.

Kit Surrey

Kit Surrey, 'Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David's Head, North Pembrokeshire', charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey, ‘Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David’s Head, North Pembrokeshire’, charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey is an artist and freelance theatre designer, who has worked with many major theatre companies, including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible and Bristol Old Vic. His fine art practice explores significant landscapes through drawing, particularly in places he loves to walk or climb. He has been among the prize winners at the Society of Fine and Graphic Arts a number of times.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, 'Apollo and Daphne V', pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas, ‘Apollo and Daphne V’, pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas currently divides his time between Australia and Europe, exhibiting and lecturing. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. He has also published several artist’s books.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, 'Children playing around the tree', oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas, ‘Children playing around the tree’, oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas was one of only six finalists shortlisted for this year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the most important national award for representational painting. He is a true painter’s painter, hugely respected by his peers. His home on the North Cornwall coast has dominated his work over the past 40 years, making paintings of his family, corners of the garden, surrounding fields, cliffs and the sea in all weathers and seasons, using a rigorous observational process.

Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, 'Breeze', charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor is an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, currently Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Her work is figurative, and explores identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic.  The recipient of many awards and prizes for painting and drawing, she has taken on increasingly demanding academic roles while still actively pursuing her own studio work.

Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen, 'The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place', collage

Alison Pullen, ‘The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place’, collage

Alison Pullen studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Alison is particularly known for her collaged interiors, from contemporary domestic settings to public spaces and stately homes, and she completed a one year residency at Osterley Park House, which remains a favorite subject. 

Michael Porter

Michael Porter, 'Beside the Path 01-07-14', acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter, ‘Beside the Path 01-07-14’, acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter is a landscape painter whose work concentrates primarily on fragments of earth beneath our feet. They often incorporate many layers of paint giving the impression of looking through and into undergrowth, highlighting various aspects of nature that are so often overlooked, the odd feather, a collection of stones or fallen leaves. There is a sense of discovery in the work, objects reveal themselves slowly as one scans the surface and gradually becomes aware of the literally painted objects concealed under layers of paint.

Philip Naylor

Phil Naylor, 'Stratamatic', etching, 56 x 76 cm

Phil Naylor, ‘Stratamatic’, etching, 56 x 76 cm

Philip Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Program Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing. He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He makes drawings and etchings about landscape, and is particularly drawn to edgelands, reconstructing the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts. ‘I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.’

Anne Howeson
Anne Howeson, 'Different Journeys', crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson, ‘Different Journeys’, crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson studied at St Martins School of Art and the RCA, and currently lectures at the RCA. Based in London, the main focus of her work is urban, weaving historical records and images and her own experience of the city into atmospheric drawings that bring past and present together. Anne is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner, and has exhibited widely.

Lynn Golden

Lynn Golden, 'St Just Churchyard', pastel

Lynn Golden, ‘St Just Churchyard’, pastel

Lynn Golden trained at St Albans School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1976, where the effects of light and weather on coastal landscape became the focus for her work. Particularly known for working in pastel, she makes many of her pieces on site. Still life pieces, and larger acrylic paintings are produced in the studio. More recently, Lynn has experimented with metal leaf, egg tempera and other media on board, extending her exploration of light, form and composition.

Mo Farquharson

Mo Farquharson, 'Street 4', bronze

Mo Farquharson, ‘Street 4’, bronze

Mo Farquharson is well known for her sculptures of people, animals and birds. Beautifully observed, they have a warmth that communicates the character of her subjects in an engaging and often playful way. Context is central to her work, particularly in the figurative series where, centered around a park bench or bus stop, the attitude and preoccupation of each individual is explored. The same sympathy and attention to detail is applied to Mo’s wildlife pieces, rendered in a style that is natural and spontaneous, but always carefully considered. She generally casts her work in bronze, in small editions (of generally no more than 7 pieces) using the lost wax process.

Rosalind Eastman

'Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs', watercolour

‘Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs’, watercolour

Rosalind Eastman studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969. She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  Her paintings document the coastal landscape around her home, an environment she has come to know over the past 45 years.

Rachel Budd

Rachel Budd, 'Cool of the forest'

Rachel Budd, ‘Cool of the forest’, oil on canvas, 132 x 137 cm

Rachel Budd graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986, and has won a number of awards, including the Henry Moore Prize at the London Group Show and the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Fund.  She generally works in oil on canvas. ‘My work can be seen as a diary, depicting little snippets of colour and detail which come to rest in my head. Often I am unaware of their presence until I paint. Since moving to Cornwall a year ago, my focus (both detailed and broad) is daily renewed by my surroundings. I am inspired by windy skies, ever changing light on ever changing ochre and green hills, and where the sea meets the sky.’

Kim Bentley

'Snap Happy on Constantine', embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

‘Snap Happy on Constantine’, embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

Kim Bentley co-founded the design partnership Bentley & Spens, with Sally Spens, shortly after they graduated from Goldsmiths College. Their work is represented in the V & A Museum, and they have created fabrics for many other fashion and interiors collections, including Paul Smith and Liberty. Kim’s textile pieces are now inspired by people-watching on the beach, and combine embroidery and fabric paint on a silk taffeta base. Kim is based in Padstow, and often sits in the gallery, stitching away behind the desk.


Sue Beattie

'Fien, 96 years old', bronze, 10 cm

‘Fien, 96 years old’, bronze, 10 cm

Sue Beattie is based in Assen, in Holland. Working directly from the figure, her pieces are beautifully observed and sensitive studies, initially worked in wax then cast in bronze by a lost wax process. Sue often works within a group of sculptors, regularly sharing a model and studio space. This has been a very productive working atmosphere for her, and has led to an increasingly complex and ambitious use of the figure in her work.