Good enough to eat?

VINCENT Poole’s gloriously colourful Pick’n’Mix is typical of the Pop Art influenced multi-media works on show at the Beaumont Gallery in Mere from Friday 3rd to Sunday 19th May. Loud And Clear is a joint exhibition of the collage artist, his company Perish The Thought and the geometrically inspired artworks of Nicola Wallis.

Vincent Poole has been making collages for 15 years and has gained an international reputation with his work shown and sold all over the world, in public and private collections and in corporate collections.

Since 2017, alongside this work, Vincent established Perish The Thought, which creates collections of original artworks, merging design, graphics, fine art and pop art, at affordable prices that merge design, graphics, fine art and pop art. Artworks by the Perish The Thought studio have been shown and sold in London, New York, Singapore and Brussels, and there is a joint show with Vincent’s own work in Portugal this summer. Perish The Thought’s work has a broad appeal across the age spectrum because the artworks cleverly combine a nostalgic element, which may hark back to childhood, with a state-of-the-art process of 3D presentation.

Born in Darlington in 1981, Nicola Wallis completed an honours degree at Northumbria University in 2003, and went on to gain a MFA at the Slade School in London in 2006. She recently moved her home and studio to Mere. Nicola describes her works as simple plays of geometry influenced by both architecture and modernist practices of fabrication but primarily underpinned by her interest in contemporary painting.

Andrew Walworth of Beaumont Gallery, who is curating Loud And Clear, explains how this exhibition fits with the vision of this gallery in a former steel chimney factory:  “Beaumont Gallery was established to bring contemporary art of all kinds to this part of Wiltshire and Vincent, Perish The Thought and Nicola’s artworks truly fit our vision. They have very different approaches to their art, but their output really complements one another’s work.  Vincent has exhibited and sold his collages worldwide and now, through Perish The Thought, is creating original consumer/Pop Art influenced artworks at affordable prices. Nicola has won awards and scholarships for her explorations into the nature of paint. They recently moved to Mere where Nicola is establishing her new studio. I’m looking forward to what will be a really diverse and collectable exhibition.”

The gallery, in Woodlands Road, Mere, is open at weekends or by appointment at other times. Admission is free and refreshments are available.

Pictured: One of Nicola Wallis’s vibrant geometric artworks; Pick’n’Mix and This is London © Vincent Poole