Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West Past

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Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West is a remarkable and celebratory exhibition which provides unique insights into a previously undiscovered group of artists and what motivates them to create art.

The exhibition is developed by Arts & Health South West, Outside In and Bristol Culture. Over the course of one year it is touring to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Wilson in Cheltenham, and Poole Museum.

The exhibition features painted, drawn, printed and sculpted works from 20 artists. They are diverse in content, style and approach; Peter Matthews dons a wet suit and paints in isolation as he floats in the tide off the Cornish coast; Jeremy James Lovelady finds discarded objects on the streets of Penzance, which he includes in his textural paintings.

Featured artists

Alex
Gavin Blench
Steve Burden
Roger Davison
Sam Emm Art
Lisa Fay
Max Frances
George J Harding
Anthony Hill
Joshua Howlett
Emma Louvelle
Jeremy James Lovelady
Arthur Mactaggart
Peter Matthews
Darryn Michael
Oonagh Fox
Pinn
Peter Sutton
John Taylor
Widow Twanky

The exhibition is accompanied by audio commentary from participants of Artists First; a group of learning disabled visual artists based in Bristol.

Alternative Visions film

Venues and dates

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: 3 June – 10 September 2017

Falmouth Art Gallery: 25 September – 10 December 2017

The Wilson, Cheltenham: 6 January – 11 March 2018

Poole Museum: 21 March – 6 May 2018

Image: George J Harding, Pink Rain and Pain


In this exhibition:
Alex

I like creating my own characters and battle scenes. I find Marvel comics very influential in the way they draw. I am a fan of cartridge pens and using high quality colours to finish the …

Gavin Blench

My work deals with the tension between open and boundaried space within my local landscape, on the edge of Dartmoor, where there is an interplay relating the topographical to the social. Wild space butts against …

Steve Burden

Growing up in an urban jungle, surrounded by out-of-scale concrete fortresses, has inevitably informed my development and visual aesthetic as an artist. Inspired by my own experiences growing up on the Pepys Estate in Deptford, …

Roger Davison

Lisa-Fay

I am interested in a variety of mediums ..I love photography , sketching , drawing abstract line drawings , clay work..

Max Frances

I fight my demons with pencils + paint them into corners. Inspiration comes from nature + the magic & mystery to be found behind the banal mask of the every day. All nature is precious, …

george j harding

George J Harding is a fine artist and oil painter based in Bristol, UK. He specialises in portraiture, symbolic paintings, street art murals and reliefs made from resin and perspex. George sees his art as an exploration …

emma louvelle

Emma Louvelle is a South West based Double Headed Goat-fish, improviser, choreographer, dancer, collector and creator of images, objects and text.

Jeremy James Lovelady

Art is a gift. An artist is in touch with heaven. Art is a heavenly thing.

Arthur Mactaggart

An ex-prisoner from Cornwall with a passion for portrait and figure painting, and a commitment to promoting the therapeutic effects of creativity.

Peter Matthews

I work directly with the mystical elements, dimensions and truths that shape and inform our experience and understanding of who and where we are in the universe. By spending hours working in real time …

Darryn Michael

Artist currently in Salisbury, UK. I paint landscape and figurative work.

Pinn

Some of my work is intense, detailed and beautiful. My preferred medium are acrylics on canvas, occasionally I like to out texture in my work but at the moment I like working 'flat'. I think …

Peter Sutton

"My ambition is to get my work all around the world so I can share it with others - people can buy it if they want to. It makes me feel great that someone has …

John Taylor

I took up drawing after a working life in academia. I found that my subject was people. Many of my figures move fast or in daring ways, while others are engrossed in one thing, or …

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