Facets of Landscape
Illustrator Sarah Jones and Adam Bracey will both exhibit work at The Coningsby Gallery Monday, 18th September – Saturday, 23rd September. Having exhibited together for a number of years Adam Bracey and Sarah Jones have chosen the Coningsby Gallery for their first joint London show. Although working in different media the two artists have a similar approach to image construction and mark making, plus a love of landscape in al its forms. The show includes large oil paintings and prints of scenes from London to the coast.
Sarah Jones: Sarah has been working as an illustrator for over twenty years, producing images for the design and advertising industries. She studied Graphic Design at Brighton Polytechnic, and went on to lecture at Brighton and Kingston Universities, in Graphics, Photography and Illustration. Drawing from her illustrative background she now produces limited edition fine art prints, combining hand drawn and printed elements, resulting in a vibrant and contemporary style. Sarah has produced illustration for clients such as British Airways, John Lewis, Marks and Spenser, the Telegraph and F.T. Still based in Brighton, Sarah now works and sells from her studio gallery on Brighton Beach. For this exhibition Sarah has made a set of images that reflect her passion for the modern and brutalist buildings from Brighton to London.
Adam Bracey: Originally from the Thames Estuary, Adam Bracey graduated from the University of Brighton in 1998. He has taught Art and Photography in colleges, universities and schools around Sussex for over a decade where he has made his permanent home. The Sussex coast serves as the major inspiration for his work and he has never lived far from the sea. Exhibition locations have included Brighton, Lewes, Shoreham, London, Essex and Edinburgh. Evolving from a more realist ethos, his paintings have become more concerned with the properties of paint than a faithful representation of a subject. The work has a real physical presence, with textures and surfaces that are not easily reproduced when the work is photographed. Although abstract in nature his work makes direct reference to real locations. The landscape is ever changing, altered by erosion and sediment, light and season. The paintings aim to reflect these natural processes. Recent paintings inspire by the Cornish landscape experiment with the re introduction of a figurative presence in the work. Adam’s paintings inspired by the Purbeck and Wight landscapes as much about objects recovered from the sea as the terrain itself. Shell casings, abandoned military vehicles and military artillery casings in the Lulworth range are juxtaposed against areas of outstanding natural beauty. The landscape oxidises metal and buries foreign objects settling them into the earth. The Jurassic coast offers a wealth of inspiration from fossil gathering expeditions to Yaverland on the Isle of Wight to admiring wooden dinghies in Cowes.