Richard Rowland and Christine-Ann Richards: Not Just Black & White
Richard Rowland and Christine-Ann Richards:
April 6th - 24th, 2005
An exhibition of prints by Richard Rowland and ceramics and garden sculpture by Christine-Ann Richards.
Christine-Ann lives and works in a converted Methodist Chapel near Frome, where her thrown porcelain and her large garden pots and sculptures are permanently displayed. She has been making pots for more than thirty years. Much of her work is influenced by her journeys to the Far East, and especially by her first visit to China, with other potters, in 1978. During the last fifteen years she has co-ordinated and accompanied people from throughout the world on visits to other artists in China and Central Asia, as well as visiting archaeological sites and places of cultural interest.
Her classical oriental style thrown porcelain vases and bowls are glazed in transparent, darkgreen crackle and copper red glazes. Her later black on white splash decorated wares remind one of her interest in Chinese calligraphy and painting.
During the last decade she has also been making large pots, water-features and sculptures for the garden. A Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to Japan in 1996 to "look at the way that water is used in landscape and architecture" has been an ongoing source of inspiration for these works.
Buff & red waterfall garden 108 cm high
Black stained, white crackle porcelain.
After retiring from full-time work as a City solicitor, Richard had time to edition a selection of his etchings, which were shown publicly for the first time at Vaila Fine Art, Shetland, in 2000. In 2002 he assembled his printing oeuvre together with some sculptures for a retrospective exhibition at the Millinery Works. In 2003 and 2004 he exhibited at the Millinery Works British Contemporary Art show, and has continued to exhibit in Shetland.
Above: ‘Millennium Bridge’ Aquatint 19 x 29cm Edition of 20
During his legal career, Richard also studied (1963 - 72) at Sir John Cass School of Art, primarily for sculpture, at that stage concentrating on clay modelling and casting in plaster, ciment fondu, vinamould and cold cast resin. After a gap, while his children were young, he returned to sculpture at the Islington Institute and at the same time started relief and silk screen printing. Starting with straight lino cuts, he experimented with 'etching' lino in caustic soda solution. He then tried lithography, but found the process unstable and unforgiving. When Richard started etching, he realised that this was "the ideal technique for me; the range of tones is remarkable, and the plates can be worked spasmodically to fit the requirements of another working life". He has concentrated on etching since 1985 and now divides his production between studios at home in Islington and Shetland.
The prints in this exhibition are all recent work, mainly views of Islington, the City and Shetland. Each print is from an edition of 20, which are for sale unframed. They are mainly aquatint, but include intaglio and soft ground, often combining techniques.
Above ‘Valete A.O Offices’ Etching and aquatint
Edition of 20
Above:’Stacks-Papa Stour’ Etching and aquatint
15 x 19.5cm Edition of 20
All are monochrome, but the delight of the etching process is the huge range between light and shade, enhanced by the vibrant tone created by aquatint.
Above: 'Clock Tower Highbury' Etching and Aquatint
Sale proceeds will be donated to the Cherry Rowland Memorial Foundation catering for the particular educational needs of twins and other multiples.