Little Buckland Gallery is offering the perfect antidote to the encroaching nights and colder days, this autumn. Featuring work bursting with colour and contrast, SPICE is a contemporary art exhibition that evokes hotter climes. Explosions of instant heat alongside equally intense, yet slow-burning, works of depth and subtlety will leave you with a warmth that lingers well into winter.
Among the highlights are pieces by printmaker Antonio Romoleroux. This is a rare opportunity to see his work in the UK, work that has been awarded National Heritage Status in his native country of Ecuador. His prints sit beautifully with the intensely patterned and vibrantly coloured pieces of printmaker and painter Sandra Porter, as do Emma Ling’s richly exotic colour gardens.
Intensifying the heat are the hot-fusion makers — jewellers Laure Filho and Susan Wilkinson, award-winning enameller Penny Gildea, and glass artists Stuart Aykroyd and Niki Crew — while hot from the forge there is bronze sculpture from Beth Forrester. The ‘potter’, Ann Sohn-Rethel, lends lingering warmth with her high-fired red earthenware clay vessels. By contrast, the ceramicist Linda Bloomfield’s work brings subtle cool notes to the exhibition — her elegant and tactile hand-thrown porcelain offering a master-class in the purity of simple form.
The exhibition is completed with new work from Rod Ashman, Judith Barker, Richard Bideau, Elizabeth Cowell, Lee Crew, Chantal Freeman, Chris Hoggett, Arabella Kiszely, Tricia Torrington and Jaynie Tricker.