Celebrating Life

HockingHill Art Group


Thursday 19 - Wednesday 25 April 2018
10 am - 5 pm

Opening View: Friday 20 April, 6 - 8 pm
Meet the Artists: Saturday 21 April, 10 am - 5 pm

Admission free


Susie Boyland

Kenny Grogan

Jane Hagan

Niki Hill
Liane Hocking

Jo Beer

Lucy Miller

Stephen Beer


An exhibition of paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolours, and works in inks, photography, pastels and metals by a collective of West Country artists.

We want to showcase the joys of life. In these gloomy days we feel it is important to remind everyone that our world is truly wonderful!

Liane Hocking’s semi abstract acrylic paintings describe seasonal views of Devon and Cornwall, and she celebrates the human form through life drawing and painting. Using found objects she creates small sculptural pieces to encourage recycling and reusing and to show how life can be enriched by what is already around us.

Jo Beer: I love people. To me, there is no such thing as an ordinary person. Everyone is extraordinary in their own way. I love the quirks and differences that make someone stand out from the next person. Figurative work gives me the opportunity to focus on wonderful details, styles, fabrics, skin, folds and creases: the whole package. Everyone has a story to tell: some of my oil paintings may be jam-packed with intricate detail, others less so and with a slightly more abstract feel to the composition.

Jane Hagan MSDC: I am drawn to water and have spent a lot of time near, on or in the water as a sailor and scuba instructor. I have always enjoyed the freedom of movement that I have found while in or on the water and these ideas feed into my artwork as I make marks without design or intent, in a purely unconscious way, allowing forms to emerge. Colour is applied in acrylics after a period of contemplation and forms a definitive part of the work.

Susie Boyland: My work is a celebration of nature at its most joyous. As I travel the world I collect ideas for coming projects. My sketch book is full of memories of wild flowers at the moment.

Lucy Miller presents a series of photographs exploring images of winter and Niki Hill shows a series of panels in inks, watercolours, dyes and metals exploring the environment.

Steve Beer’s conceptual works in collage and paint have emerged from his background as a film-maker, graphic designer and lecturer in Media Studies.

Kenny Grogan shows a collection of acrylic paintings of seascapes and surfers. He enjoys the countryside and coastal views around Plymouth and considers himself fortunate to have such beauty and creative inspiration on our doorstep!