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19 May - 22 June
Jeff Powell 'Edge' and Nicholas Lees 'Penumbra'

Exhibitions at Rabley Gallery Wiltshire

Jeff Powell and Nicholas Lees exhibition images
above: Jeff Powell, Paynters Bay : October II 2014 (detail), Pastel on paper; Nicholas Lees, Porcelain ceramic vessels
Jeff Powell 'Edge'

Powell has rarely exhibited his drawings, he sees drawing as one way of reaffirming ones humanity; primordial; powerful; beautiful and romantic. The surfaces of his abstract compositions in pastel hum and the edges resonate. Jeff Powell lives on the north Cornish coast in South West England famous for the British Modernist artists Nicholson, Hepworth and Frost. The redolent forms in his abstract landscapes interact with drawing materials and colour to create balance and dissonance. The space the image occupies is influenced by memory, a sense of infinity, the void and an acknowledgement of the picture plane.

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Nicholas Lees 'Penumbra'

Nicholas Lees fine porcelain vessels and drawings explore the uncertainty of the edge and shadow. His objects are intensively hand crafted, involving risk and patience, but wear this subtly in their visual presence, seeming possibly to come as much from the machine as the hand.

"I interrogate the relationship between what is solid and material and what is numinous and ephemeral. The works explore the uncertainty that rests within boundaries and across thresholds. This uncertainty is key to my enquiry; how to realise the physical and spatial representation of the blurred and uncertain edge - the penumbra of material.  Within this body of work this edge can be seen and felt through cast shadows, within the certainty of materiality. The presence of the object on the surface is floating and shifting according to perception." NL

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Nicholas Lees
Artist Talk - Rabley Gallery Wiltshire

In discussion with Nicholas Lees RCA to coincide with his exhibition 'Penumbra'.

Saturday 16 June
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