Mall Galleries 14th-18th June 2011
It turned out to be a bijou collection of paintings in the smallest of the Mall Galleries. This exhibition has been put together by Lewis McNaught the Mall’s director as a new initiative to invigorate and refresh the Mall. Having taken over the running of the Mall 4 years ago Lewis is ambitious to bring new life to this exhibition space and make it a destination gallery. Although committed to keeping the traditional societies that have made the Mall what it is today he is also very aware that the Mall needs a face lift for the millennium. The small gallery is about to undergo a major refurbishment (with much of the funding coming from the Arts Council, a coup in itself nowadays), polished concrete floors, exposed girders and a much needed window onto the Mall itself. This will be a much larger and more contemporary space to rival ‘The White Cube’. Lewis is hoping curators will be excited enough to fill the space with new and innovative work.
So BL and I enter the exhibition. Lucy Jones did not disappoint with fresh vibrant landscapes of St James and Battersea Park. Confident washes of colour and intense squeezing of pigments joyously gamble across her paper and give the viewer a wonderful sense of the artist enjoying her creativity
Iain Andrews Bat Flood Acrylic,
thread and beads on canvas
|David Orme, Untitled, Collage on paper|
This exhibition certainly was a fresh look at watercolour and delighted and intrigued in equal measure. I look forward to what this gallery may become.