Blek le Rat, Mellis and Fedden

Autumn starts here then with a howling gale and inside-out umbrellas decorating our high street! Just last week we were on a road trip visiting friends and family in Devon and Cornwall. Such a beautiful part of the world, wide open skies and beautiful seas. I always love to be in St Ives, I even managed to tear my son out of the surf to see the Urban Art Show at the Belgrave Gallery, where they had brought together a great collection from all the usual suspects, including Nick Walker, Adam Neate, Blek le Rat, D'Face, Banksy and Faile. I was torn between 'The Last Tango' - a unique stencil on canvas by Blek The Rat and a mixed media painting of Ganesha demonstrating beautiful draftsmanship by Faile.

 

 
As it had promised the Summer Season at Tate St Ives was right across the board in terms of genre with the only one missing being representational painting. The standout exhibition for me were the works of Margaret Mellis whose assemblages of beach finds and found objects are so well put together, we have seen so often seen this style imitated but rarely with such strength of design and pleasure in colour. I t was clear to see the confidence grow from early days in St ives under the positive influences of Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, through to the bold and beautiful pieces she made in later years from her Suffolk Studio.

My daughter Sophie-Rose and I had our heights measured in the 'Measure the Universe' installation by Slovakian artist Roman Ondak, becoming part of the physical participation that was one of the overall themes of the season. But still we were content just to watch the others enjoying being part of Martin Creed's 'Work No 329 Half the Air in A Given Space', where the lovely atrium of the Tate had been filled with white balloons into which visitors were invited to explore each in their different ways, the intention was to echo the surfers seen in the sea through the windows, it was beautiful and mesmerising.

Back to earth now and our sale has ended and we have put in a window display showing some lovely simple prints by Mary Fedden, along with some of my beach finds, but the weather is too awful to photograph it today!

We are making the monumental shift into our new workshop starting today, poor guys shifting all that gear in this foul weather, but we are desperate to be using the space, so all power to them!

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