Radiance at Sladers Yard

SLADERS Yard at West Bay hosts another of its occasional exhibitions on the theme of Radiance, opening on 22nd January, featuring the work of artists Rachel Fenner, Alfred Stockham, Martyn Brewster and Sally McLaren, with the furniture of resident designer-maker Petter Southall.

The exhibition, which runs to 5th March,  features work inspired by the natural world of coast and countryside, ancient woodlands, rolling hills, sunshine and sea – art to light us through the dark months at the beginning of the year.

Sally McLaren and Martyn Brewster have both been producing exceptional prints over the past couple of years, working with the master-printmaker Andrew Smith to produce technically and artistically brilliant works on the unique press Smith had built to make Howard Hodgkin’s prints.

Alfred Stockham, who died at the end of 2020, had a particular way of putting on paint. His knowledge and eye for colour and his ability to construct a perfect composition never ceases to delight and intrigue. The work in this show features abstract and more figurative pieces from the last 40 years of his life.

Rachel Fenner has been a pioneering environmental artist, in sculpture and paint, since the 1970s. The small scale paintings she is showing at Sladers Yard capture the extraordinary energy she felt when visiting a remote area of untouched original forest in Wales, one of the precious few left in the British Isles, together with rocky beach landscapes from Dorset and Pembrokeshire.

Petter Southall’s exquisite furniture is beautiful and sculptural as well as functional. An exceptional craftsman with a true understanding of his material, his designs are deeply satisfying, comfortable, practical and beautiful.

Pictured: Sally McLaren, Heat,  carborundum print; Rachel Fenner, Path Through Quarry, gouache on paper; Petter Southall, Fireside Chair, solid oak with steam-bent arms, panelled back and washed finish.