The post this Sunday, is going to be brief and so I will update it later. I wanted to quickly outline my experiences of Dulwich Open House and then add more information about the artists and their websites later this week. Yesterday, I went around by myself, but today, I brought my boyfriend with me to look at some more exhibitions. He has never experienced such an event, but seemed interested in the experience. As a digital designer, he is fascinated by traditional art making methods, as it is not something he practices himself.
We started off at Lordship Lane, parking our bikes along a street, then heading first to the home of the artist Ruth Stage. She is based down Crystal Palace Road (60). It was pretty packed in her front room, with attendance from a sleeping new born baby, as well as children and adults, who were asking Ruth questions regarding her process. To make her artworks, Ruth uses a gesso ground, then mixes up egg tempera and pigment to achieve her unique interpretation of landscapes around Britain.
Below are close-ups from two of her paintings, showing the interesting surface texture created by the egg tempera. Some areas appear raised, almost embossed and other areas show the sweep of the brush and capture the bubbles of the paint as it dries.
When asked by a young visitor how long each painting takes, Ruth replied, ‘my whole life’, as it has been an accumulation of experiences that has informed her particular method of working. Ruth mixed the egg tempera herself, with pigments bought from AP Fitzpatrick in Bethnal Green.
In my opinion, there is a certain sweetness and gentleness to Ruth Stage’s work, with its pastel and muted tones and soft flowing brush strokes. They are not melancholic or moody, but tranquil and seem fresh and light hearted.
At the end of our tour, I asked my boyfriend who his favourite artists were and this was one of them.
You can view more here at this gallery website
Next stop was at Clifford Coultart’s home at Mount Adon Park (76)
The work was lively and energetic, inspired by graffiti, text and symbolism. I mentioned that some of them looked like seeds and he said yes, they could represent a new and abstract form beginning. The work was energetic due to ‘scrawly’ marks of pen which have been worked over watercolour and crayon backgrounds.
He also had some painterly studies of trees on display
Here are a couple more examples, taken through a glass frame, so you can see some room reflections.
Down Friern Road, hosted by Richard Watts (69), there was another interesting group of artists. In addition Peckham Space had taken up residence in the kitchen. Two children created their own live art piece as they tumbled about in the garden and throughout the house.
I took several pictures of different artists, but Dairo Vargas’ came out the best as I was not photographing through glass. Here are some miniature painterly landscapes displayed in chunky black and white frames by the artist.
Peckham Space Project. I am going to create a post about this shortly, but here is a photograph snippet.
Richard Watts encouraged us to head to Court Lane as there were two homes full of artists, so we headed to Court Lane (28.30)
The first exhibition, hosted by Tom and Ingrid Beazley (30) was pretty awesome. Their garden was full of sculptures and their house was packed full of artists working in all kinds of disciplines.
Next we headed to a stunning home (28) which featured work by Lya Nagado, more by Julie Bennett, Joyce Treasure and Ris Dix.
Back on to Lordship Lane, we stopped off at Sally and Peter Nencini’s front room, full of hand knitted cushions and blankets, re-upholstered chairs and knitted toys. They are both RCA graduates having studied fashion and illustration in the 90s. Sally told us how she had worked for Levis previously and then had begun this particular direction for her own pleasure. She had been selected by Etsy as a new start up company and shown at a trade fair. From here, interest has dramatically grown, with international clients interested in promoting their work across the globe. The work on display was excellent quality. Peter’s chair seemed to be referencing digital/graphic styles with a homemade- craft feel to it. Sally’s work reminded me of traditional styles of knitting from Norway. There was a retro yet contemporary edge to the work on display. The interior of their home was stunning with beautiful mirrors and interesting objects.
Cushions and blankets
The final stop of the day was down Crawthew Grove (55) to see some fabulous lino and etching prints by Judith Robertson.
Here is an example of the lino she has used to print with