Clare Toms and Oliver Shepherd
Clare’s newest collection of paintings ‘Evoke’, deeply contemplates considering our place as both physical and non-physical beings in a universe. As creature of perpetual impermanence and the opportunity this presents us in our human experience. ‘Evoke’ resonates within as a calling forth of memory, idea and emotion. It speaks to honouring the timeless connection we have to family, love, soul and spirit. An exploration of our essence and that extra magic; that which can be felt but not seen or touched.
'Botanicals' is a continuation of Oliver's previous exhibition 'The Gin Bar'. While still paying homage to his beloved gin, this time it expands to other preferred beverages with a botanical connection. There has also been a shift away from primary colours to dramatic monochrome, and the more niche hues of chartreuse and orange. However, those tangible textures of glass, wood, marble and foliage remain to stimulate a visual appetite. As an apéritif, Oliver also presents pieces in other genres in which he works - a nude and two pieces on the theme of chess which sway between realism, surrealism and trompe-l'oeil.
Jodie Wells manages to capture her images in what is perceived to be minimal broad strokes of paint, spread with a palette knife. Her richly textured style combined with a dramatic colour palette creates vivid interpretations of nature.