Three female artists based in South Wales have taken over the exhibition space in Malvern Theatres for the next 7 weeks. They all derive their inspiration from the beautiful surroundings in that part of the Principality as well as further afield. What they have in common, as well as their location is superb technical skill and healthy sales record. People like to share their lives with original images of nature whether they inhabit urban or rural environments.
Emma Cownie’s works have a very strong visual impact, derived from bold blocks of colours and an expressive palette that is widely used in modern art and pop art. Looking at Emma’s works you may get a sense of Paul Gauguin’s use of yellow and red, Robert Bevan’s blue green trees with purple, Henri Matisse’s simplification and exaggeration of form and Andre Derain’s bold definition of shape within the landscape. However, her works are not derivative but strongly original.
Dawn Harries’ style is at first sight more traditional, but it is the solidity of the rock formations which populate her coastal scenes which impress. She works in her home studio, but her inspiration comes from the landscape. She uses sketches and/or photographs taken from walks around South and West Wales to produce a varied mix of work, from colourful oils, to monochrome inks. Her works evoke the character of that beautiful area of Wales so well.
Amanda Dagg is becoming an “old favourite” in Malvern. She has sold well, whenever she has shown here before, so it was a particular pleasure to be able to sign her up to the Pre-Christmas exhibition, in the knowledge that she will help solve some people’s present problems. Her style is more decorative than the other two artists, but still rooted in her surroundings and personal experience.
The show is open every day, from Monday 21 November until Saturday 7 January, so it’s a good place to hunt for that special present. Purchases can be delivered within 5 days.