Group Exhibition : TEN
8 August – 26 September 2015
Ten was an exhibition which featured the work of three Devon-bornn artists, Hester Berry, Edward Crumpton and Peter Kettle, reunited after ten years. Ten was their first exhibition together since leaving West Buckland School in 2005. Since then, they have all forged successful careers– studying, travelling and exhibiting across the UK.
Over a decade, their work had grown apart in some ways and crossed over in others – this show drew upon those differences and similarities and enabled a dialogue between their art that had matured over a ten year period. Despite each artist’s individual career path and lifestyle, they share a love for painting, developing it in their own ways, using it as a language to convey their own experience of a moment.
“Just over ten years ago, Hester Berry, Edward Crumpton - Stella Levy, White Moose Partnerand Peter Kettle were pupils at West Buckland School, studying art under the then, Head of Art, Nigel Minard. Having been invited by Nigel to see their artworks before they left school, I could see they were three stars in the making. The proof being they have all gone on to have great careers in the art world, holding solo exhibitions and creating projects across the country!”
Edward Crumpton, who had previously exhibited at White Moose in 2013, showed a new body of work about the discovery of his affection and appreciation for the variety and distinct islands of the British Isles. Edward explained “I have begun this project with the island of Lundy; located 12 miles off the North Devon coastline. I am interested in making work that represents the island of Lundy; studying its unique geological history and how sea has shaped its landscape.”
Hester Berry will exhibited a selection of her atmospheric landscape paintings, featuring local areas of natural beauty including Combe Martin, Saunton Sands and Crow Point. Having grown up in rural Devon, Hester has always been interested in landscape and the environment. “Paint helps me explore my world” says Hester, “Paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate, making us more aware of issues which imperil our planet”.
Peter Kettle also has a love for painting, triggered by his desire to capture the landscapes of Britain. Peter works in his studio, however he takes his canvases outside throughout many stages of the painting process, exposing them to changing weather conditions. Peter elaborates, “Often the wind and rain can whip across the canvas creating unpredictable, chaotic and uncontrollable patterns. Allowing nature to directly influence the work can create a very loose rhythm.” Peter owes his initial interest in painting to his A Level teachers at West Buckland School, who inspired him to research artists that would shape the ideas behind his work today. “At 16 I knew I wanted to pursue art as a passion, but have only made it my profession in the past 2 years. Making your passion your job is the most exciting transition in my life.”