4 June 2022: Brightness, Bank Holidays, Bodies of Water

The bank holiday crowds are flocking to Bath. The wind is chilly but the sun is out and the queues for ice-cream stretch around the block. Meanwhile out at Kingfisher Point the River Frome meanders into the Avon, and a moorhen squawks at the cows who have come down for a paddle.

Fragments of music and voices drift on the air from narrow boat revellers on the nearby Kennet and Avon canal.

Middle-aged argosies, each with a standard wife in the prow
and an old narrow-boat, rude with flashy red roses
and a load of tourists who’ve all gone daft
and are waving foolishly.

From the bank three dredger men drag a resisting dredger
on a rope.

Along the tow-path
families with prams and grans,
bramblers with bags and pans,
the amorous with sweating hands
parade before a deck-chaired audience.

A back-cloth of terraced cottages
looks obligingly picturesque:
cat, cockdoodle, an allotment
of cloched cabbages,
runner beans up sticks,
a window-sill of Mary-Mary shells.

Back stage, on the mud flats,
the naked hulks
of old abandoned colliers
are sunk in mire.

Sea-gulls, like reminders of swan-maidens, land
and are only sea-side tarts who hoik up their skirts
and on high toes pick their way across the mud
looking for worms.

-Diana Hendry ‘Bank Holiday Sunday’

Stewart Edmondson’s new painting depicts a vigorous River Dart:

Katie’s Rock, Acrylic on Paper 93 x 94 cm. £3,300

His work is part of our exhibition A Brightness which brightness could not comprehend which begins on 11 June. Also featuring is work by Mark Johnston:

Burning Waters, Oil on linen 90 x 120 cm £8,000

On another body of water a small boat is tied up.

Tom Homewood, Heading out to Sea, Oil on Panel 20 x 35 cm. Sold

Alice Walton’s extraordinary porcelain sculptures take their inspiration from landscape

Autumn Verdure, Porcelain, 38 x 14 x 25 cm. £3,840

Our new exhibition also features a selection of Mazuyo Yamashita’s ceramics

16 b. Core vase set, stoneware (h) 7 cm – (h) 19 cm. Sold.


Also on display are the calligraphy inspired porcelain vessels by Tom Kemp

3. Translation Mode 1, Glazed Porcelain with Underglaze Pen H36 cm. £800

And finally….it is nearly the birthday of one of the great poets.
In remembrance of Ann:
Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid,
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago; a church stands near,
By the road an ancient Cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase,
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
– W B Yeats ‘Under Ben Bulben’

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