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MEMORIES an Exhibition of Work by Frank Harwood
June 3 @ 11:00 am - June 28 @ 5:00 pm
Showing a large selection of Franks work including paintings, collages and sculptures this will be Franks first solo exhibition and we are proud to be showing it here in our Somerset gallery in his home town of Glastonbury.
Frank has a unique and distinctive style which is instantly recognisable, his work has a quintessential English oddness with a human touch. Both his use of colour and brushstrokes are bold and playful. Inspired by source images that inspire a collective nostalgia, his paintings hint at a larger and often humorous narrative. Some are reminiscent of Mad Magazine, conveying a lovely innocence, while others are more unsettled and layered, almost as if a German Expressionist made Pop Art.
Frank describes his work as using “a simple comic style,” with bold lines, repeated patterns, flat space and vibrant colours. None of Frank’s paintings are autobiographical, but they do explore his past and memories. They are reflections on personal experiences using a variety of contemporary cultural references. Clearly shared cultural images have a deep resonance across all social and age groups.
“I’m fascinated by half remembered tastes, smells, people, shared experiences, the strangeness of the grown-up world. Whilst I originally painted for my own pleasure, I have been surprised by the number of people, who have felt a personal connection with the pictures”.
He cites the “quirky work” of Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Walter Sickert, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Tom Phillips and Donald McGill as influences. And some have referenced artists such as Beryl Cook when viewing his work.
While Frank’s paintings come to life in vivid acrylics, he is currently experimenting with watercolour, sculpture and construction.
As well as original artworks, there will be a selection of high quality giclée prints available.
The show runs from Thursday the 3rd until Monday the 28th of June, with a Private View on Wednesday the 2nd from 6.30-8.30 pm. The gallery is open daily (except for Wednesdays) between 11.00 – 17.00.
Out of hours viewings can be arranged by emailing email@example.com
To find out more about Frank and his work please read our artist interview over on the blog.
To view some of his work, visit his Core Artist profile.