Love Brighton was invited to a private viewing at Art5 Gallery, 5 Bartholomews, Brighton, of their new ‘Summer Reflections’ exhibition. Guests enjoyed a variety of wines alongside delicious canapes provided by Plateau, with the three fantastic artists involved; Cecil Rice, Philippa Stanton and Louise Brooks.
‘Summer Reflections’ runs from the 15-23 October and showcases the recent works of the three acclaim artists. Each artist takes a differing yet equally engaging approach to unravelling and interpreting our memories of summer. Whether capturing a moment, a mood, a sound or a feeling, each piece in this nostalgic collection is an intimate exploration of the senses, so entwined in our recollection of summer days. Cecil Rice has used the Sussex coastal stretch as a source of much inspiration during the twenty years he has lived and painted in Brighton. Equally influential are his many visits to Venice where he fell in love with the distinctive character of the light that floods the city. Cecil’s Venetian scenes take you to the waterways, bridges and piazzas of this enchanting place, while his depictions of London and Brighton leave you sentimentally drawn to the familiar panoramas. He teases out thoughts and memories of summer through romantic portrayals of the landscape and architecture, capturing the seasonal mood through a wet-on-wet watercolour technique. Cecil has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Cork Street, London and at the Institute of Watercolour Painters.
Philippa Stanton is a synaesthetic artist, the things she hears, touches, tastes and smells produce a corresponding visual response in colour, texture and shape. It is this response that Philippa puts onto canvas, asking her audience to consider their sensory experience of the world around them. Philippa’s collection for this exhibition draws on her talents as a theatrical actress, allowing her to use the canvas to perform a sensual journey of summers past. Her paintings promise to question, inspire and reignite your recollections of summer. Philippa’s thought provoking work has featured on BBC Horizon and The One Show, and her abilities were further explored through a body of work produced for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
Louise Brooks creates work that captures the light and shifting character of the coastline. As a Brighton based artist she is constantly inspired by the ever-changing sea vistas, tidal patterns and unpredictable skies. Louise’s shorelines and landscapes offer scenes for escapism, contemplation and sanctuary, recreating the peaceful haven of holidays past. Her training as a photographer gives her the ability to depict subtleties in light and this has become the very essence of her work on canvas. Her keen observations are realised through the use of pebbles, pearls, gold and silver leaf. Louise’s new collection includes the radiance of Swarovski crystals, and a variety of gemstones carefully chosen for their colour and light diffusing qualities, as well as powers to elicit change and rebalancing. Louise has enjoyed a successful career as a professional photographer with work published in numerous magazines, and has produced her own illustrated children’s book.
“I am very excited to be presenting the work of three hugely talented artists in our new exhibition” Gallery owner Paola Calise comments “Brighton is fast becoming one of the most renowned places for art and we are proud to be focusing our exhibition on three of the best local artists.”