Wide Open Tony Coombs and Elsie Pilbeam 28 September - 2 October 2016
Private View Tuesday 27 September 6-9pm
Paintings and drawings by Tony Coombs and Elsie Pilbeam. 100 new images from observation. London in action, landscapes far and near. Jazz and horses, cafes and mountains, goats and dancers...and much more.
"We love to draw from life. All of our work comes out of drawings & paintings made on location - we never use photographs. Sometimes the spontaneous sketch is complete in itself. At other times we explore and combine sketchbook drawings in the studio, to develop a more considered image.
We have eyes wide open to diverse places, subjects, rhythms and experiences. The activity of Dalston, where we live, is contrasted with the wild landscapes of Britain, and springtime travels to Italy & Poland. We use oils, watercolours, pastel, charcoal, in & pencil.
We have had 2 large scale exhibitions of our work – “London Spaces, Wild Places” 2001 (The Gallery, Stoke Newington) & “In The Moment” 2009 (The Rivington Gallery)."
“I am fascinated by people in their everyday and expressive activities – café conversations, meetings in parks, musicians, dancers. I aim to convey a sense of place and moment, through light, gesture, form & movement.” (Tony Coombs)
“When I am walking in wild, inaccessible places, I draw extensively in sketchbooks, make colour notes, and make paintings from them. What excites me is the flowing line of the land, the presence of animals in the natural world, and the interplay of colour, pattern & Shape.” (Elsie Pilbeam)
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