TWO new exhibitions on the website of The Art Stable, at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, until 17th April, are Unlocked, recent paintings by Charlie Baird, and Printing with Colour, a retrospective of prints by William Crozier (1930-201l).
Unlocked is a series of paintings from the past year, reflecting the limited possibilities for travel. Charlie Baird delves into place and memory, often taking a more abstract approach to evoke landscape and human influence. There are also more figurative images, inspired by lockdown walks in Dorset.
Although he paints with a great range of colour, the palette is often muted but with a warmth that shows a true understanding of light, for example, when he captures the glow of late summer.
William Crozier’s prints, though less well known than his paintings, share the same characteristics of vibrant colour, virtuoso drawing and a passionate engagement with the landscape and still-life, subjects Crozier explored throughout his long career.
The prints in this exhibition were created between 1993 and 2010 at the Graphic Studio, Dublin and with the Berardinelli family of printers in Verona, each studio prompting distinctive approaches to image-making.
Crozier compared the collective effort of making a print to making jazz. He said “I see it as kind of an ensemble: one guy doesn’t know what the rest are going to do. With the colours of the band, a good musician is listening to the other person and he’ll wait and come in on the right note, and then someone else will come in.”
Each of the prints was inspired by a powerful visual experience, whether of his beloved West Cork or his garden in Hampshire, a vase on the breakfast table or a bouquet glimpsed in a Venetian florist’s shop.
Pictured: Hambledon Hill, mixed media on board, by Charlie Baird; Torcello Bouquet, etching aquatint, by William Crozier.