Clay, Paper, Ink

Val Jones, Richard Sunderland, Bev Knowlden & Verity Newman


2 - 14 August 2016
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission free

Demonstrations of techniques:
printmaking with Val Jones: 2, 3 & 8 August
portraits in clay with Bev Knowlden: 5 - 7 August
adventures with pinch pots with Verity Newman: 4, 9 & 10 August
watercolour painting with Richard Sunderland: 11 - 13 August


Richard Sunderland

Bev Knowlden

Val Jones

Verity Newman


This exhibition offers an insight into four artists’ exploration into the inner strata of the landscape. Clay, paint and paper offer the means to delve into personal interests in the diverse natural environment with visual responses: marks, stains, and surfaces that record changes bound only by our perception of the infinite horizon.

I find myself moving further towards abstraction, moving from Dartmoor landscapes to harbours and seascapes, the result of an unconscious dialogue between my work and my surroundings and the influence of other artists, most notably David Blackburn.
Val Jones

I paint in any medium but prefer oils and watercolours, dabble in printmaking and wax resist, and love to draw. Structure, tone, light and shadow basically rule; they motivate me and guide how I look at the urban and rural environment while trying to discover the legacy of a place. Recorded thoughts and ideas, whether historic, geographic or even scientific, permeate my work. My mixed media watercolours are like stains on walls, the recording of the evolving effects of time on the landscape.
The wilderness of Dartmoor and the streets of Plymouth have been shaped and are constantly being changed by social and economic forces, and the evidence of time, the regenerating and decay, motivate and inspire me. Scratching and staining through paper, board or canvas I discover qualities that connect to the fabric of a place, the light and dark, harmony and balance, the relationship the location has to the surrounding environment, whether natural or unnatural, pure or cracked, ancient or modern.
Richard Sunderland

Verity Newman sculpts in Paperclay. Her topics range from ancient mythology to the absurdity of modern life. Her work is original, intriguing and often humorous.

I have always been intrigued by the human form, especially faces. I work to find the very essence of the model and inject that quality into the clay... a wry smile, a pensive look... The originals are sculpted in clay, which is then moulded and cast in a variety of resins. I have recently begun exploring the boundaries of portrait sculpting in its traditional form, working towards a more abstract outcome.
Bev Knowlden