Almuth Tebbenhoff in conversation

almuth-tebbenhoff-painting-trefoil-portrait-by-anne-purkiss3Almuth Tebbenhoff in conversation with Anna McNay

3rd October | 4.30pm


Originally training in ceramics, Almuth Tebbenhoff is an artist inspired by process. Her practice now spans clay, wood, metal and marble, as well as drawing. Her work is concerned with the origins of matter and the cosmos – an infinite vastness way beyond our imagination, let alone our control. Her larger pieces seek to carve out hollows, releasing the light from within the material, while her smaller scale pieces include her Pocket Universes, inspired by orreries.

Tebbenhoff’s early work was largely monochromatic, but, since the early nineties, she has been moving towards a freer mode of expression, creating explosive forms in bright colours through a steady evolution of processes.

In 1981, Tebbenhoff established her studio (and home) in a former church hall in Southfields, where she is based to this day.

In conversation with Anna McNay, Tebbenhoff will discuss some of her themes and motivations; the cross-fertilisation between her various media; the role of drawing in her practice; and her on-going exploration of the universe as subject matter.

About Almuth Tebbenhoff

Almuth Tebbenhoff was born in Fürstenau, north-west Germany, in 1949. She moved to England at the age of 18 and studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art. Since 2003, she has been a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. In 2006, she undertook a residency in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she was introduced to marble. Since then, she has been returning to Italy for three months every year.

About Anna McNay

Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor. She is Deputy Editor at State Media and former Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and The Mail on Sunday and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers. She has written numerous catalogue essays.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Photographs from Sir Alan Parker’s Private View

We had a great evening at Sir Alan Parker’s ’The Smile in the Mirror’ Private View last Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a success.

For those who couldn’t make it please take a look at the gallery below.

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Shani Rhys James – In Conversation with Anna McNay

2013-10-04 16.13.44 copy23rd May | 4.30pm
Shani Rhys James grew up in the theatre. Her mother was an actress and she considered following in her footsteps before going instead to St Martin’s School of Art. Her paintings, with their reds and blacks, flock wallpaper and floral bouquets, appear like stage sets into which female protagonists stray and, all too often, become trapped. Her works are not necessarily self-portraits, but amalgams of memories or feelings.

Rhys James paints wholeheartedly, directly on to the canvas, with no real preconception of how a work will look once finished. The oil is thick and slathered on with palette knives, brushes and fingers, before being drawn into or cut across. She doesn’t believe in pretty pictures, and her flowers are certainly not delicate feminine motifs, but memento mori, cut from their life source, beautiful and intoxicating, but dying. Sometimes they are so large, so sculpted, they become personae in their own right.

In conversation with Anna McNay, Rhys James will talk about the painting process; her own particular form of melancholia, which especially infuses her still lives; her palette; her decision to live in rural Wales and France and the effect this has on her work; and her recent residency in New York.

About Shani Rhys James
Shani Rhys James was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1953, and moved to the UK with her mother when she was nine. She studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design and Saint Martin’s School of Art, London. She later moved to Powys to live and work, taking her young family with her. Rhys James is an elected member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art. In 1994 she won the BP Portrait Prize and, in 2003, she won the Jerwood Painting Prize. In the 2006 New Years Honours she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for ‘services to art’. Rhys James has exhibited across Europe, in the USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. She is represented by the Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff and Connaught Brown, London. In 2014 she was a subject of BBC4’s What Do Artists Do All Day? documentary.

About Anna McNay
Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor. She is Deputy Editor at State Media and Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and The Mail on Sunday and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Sir Alan Parker – ‘The Smile in the Mirror’

Spam and Eggs18th May | Private View 6pm- 8pm
Free. All welcome.
Having retired from filmmaking, Sir Alan Parker joined Heatherley’s to rekindle his first love of painting. He has spent the last year exploring strong images combining acrylic painting, pastel and silkscreen printing.

“The thirty works on view show, I hope, the journey I’ve been on this last year. It’s called ‘The Smile in the Mirror’, because of one interactive piece made on a mirror — but also the exhibition contains vigorous images and ideas from the world around us, which, hopefully, might provoke a smile. All the works were completed at Heatherley’s Saturday print workshop with the estimable help and tutelage of Philip Gibbs. Thanks Phil.”

Exhibition continues: May 16 – 27, 1.00pm – 4.00pm by appointment only

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Heatherleys at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016

As ever, Heatherleys is well represented at this year’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition. Tutors, students and alumni all have work on display.

You can catch the show at the Mall Galleries until the 20th of May, but for those who can’t make it in person please see the gallery below.

Exhibitors included Allan Ramsay, Jason Bowyer, Melissa Scott-Miller, Daphne Todd OBE, Sarah Bell, Flora Watson, Tim Benson, Hero Johnson, Miriam Escofet, Berni Timko, David Newens, Sarah Jane Moon, Paul Wuensche, Luis Morris, John Walton and David Newens.

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Katherine Tyrrell: How to get on – online

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg21st March 2016    4.30pm


Marketing you and your art online – using websites and social media

  • Why an online presence is essential for artists
  • Why websites and social media are different
  • The pros and cons of websites and social media
  • Options for getting your art online
  • How to get your art online for FREE
  • How to be mobile friendly
  • How to spend your money wisely

Katherine Tyrrell is an artist and writer with a background in business management and marketing. Her extensive knowledge and practical experience of using social media to promote art and artists is regularly shared with art galleries, art societies and artists. She has been the Moderator of the Art Marketing group on LinkedIn, is developing a website called Art Business Info for Artists and is currently writing a series of 10 articles about Cost Effective Ideas for Artists in “The Artist”.

Her art blog “Making a Mark” gets more than 50,000 visitors each month. The Times Newspaper featured her sketchbook blog and she helped found London Urban Sketchers. Her first book on drawing and sketching was published in the UK, USA and Asia in 2015 and went to reprint in the UK two months after publication – due to her online marketing.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Anthony Eyton R.A. -‘Three Generations’- A Family Exhibition

Open Window, Spitalfields 1976-81 by Anthony Eyton born 1923
Open Window, Spitalfields 1976-81 Anthony Eyton

Private View: Tuesday 5th April 6pm-8pm. All welcome.

at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea SW10 0RN

One of the country’s most distinguished figurative painters, Anthony Eyton RA was elected a Royal Academician in 1976. At 92 years of age he is still painting every day, as he always has. Eyton’s work is represented by Browse and Darby in Cork Street, London, and can be seen annually in the RA Summer Exhibition.
‘Anthony Eyton’s paintings shimmer and effervesce in bursts of brilliant light. Broad gestural marks, apparently laid on at speed, seek out and define each subject. Whether he is painting direct from nature or from drawings supported by photographs, the same sense of immediacy can be felt. His marks accumulate and jostle for position while everything is considered and reconsidered – the space the structure, the fall of the light, the placing of detail, the orchestration of colour and the rhythm of the whole – yet the surface of the painting remains fresh, fluid as if still on the move’ Jenny Pery, author of Eyton’s Eye: A life in Painting.

“Phyllis Eyton, my mother, was born in 1900. She studied painting at Heatherley’s art school from 1919 to 1920 and is the catalyst for this exhibition of three generations. There is a distinct link of creativity from her as an artist which has been passed onto us and it seems fitting to celebrate her work, with examples of mine and my three daughters.

My mother died in 1929, so her working life barely spanned 10 years. Upon hearing of her death, Henri Voisin (Revue du Vrai et du Beau, April 1930) declared: ‘Le belle et grande artiste que fut Phyllis Eyton est morte. Son oeuvre lumineuse demeure’ (‘The beautiful and great artist Phyllis Eyton has died. Her bright work remains’).

I was 15 when my father gave me her paint box, which was a revelation: the paint box itself seemed a touch of magic, a connection with her.

As writer and historian Doctor Wendy Baron wrote: ‘Phyllis Eyton’s paintings sprang from a deep urge to record the beauty of nature. She was wonderfully responsive to colour, form and light, she belonged to no school of painting, was motivated by no aesthetic other than the primitive need to sing a hymn to nature.’ The painters Augustus John and William Orpen admired her work very much and in the year of her death she had a painting accepted into the Royal Academy summer exhibition. The paintings that she left behind are an endless source of inspiration to me.

It would seem no wonder that my three daughters have also had the calling to follow an artistic way of life.

My eldest daughter Jane is a practising sculptor and is also a teacher of sculpture. Her pieces use a variety of media and are often site-specific installations. They are inspired by nature and try to capture a moment in time and the anticipated motion of an object. The work portrays a physicality that is both spontaneous and vivid whilst having a deeper aesthetic resonance.

Clare is a ceramicist. Her pots are coiled and built with extreme patience, producing simple, pleasing vessels. Once the shape is complete, she then applies a painted surface glaze. The colours and patterns have a light and joyous touch which complete and unify the forms. Clare sells her work privately where she lives and works in Mallorca.

Sarah is a designer of fashion accessories. Her work has been acclaimed both in the UK and the international press (English, Italian & Japanese Vogue, Elle UK, Grazia, Italian & American Marie Claire etc.) and is sold in high-end boutiques and the Tate Gallery. She also paints. In contrast to the delicate control and minimalism of her jewellery designs, her ink paintings allow her more emotional expression and possess an atmospheric, brooding sense of drama.” Anthony Eyton 2016

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