L’Artishe Gallery run by Sharon James, an experienced knowledgeable artist herself, is a well run professional gallery showing a regular programme of high quality exhibitions.
The current exhibition by Group 7 running until November 9th brings together extremely interesting work by this group of well established artists, all with their intrinsic merits. In my opinion of particular note is two monoprints by Martyn Brewster , ‘Heartsong’ No. 550 and ‘Heartsong’No. 551, with their use of vibrant colour giving a sense of grand space on a small scale. ‘Red Barn’ by Ursula Leach, an oil on canvas, utilises red, yellow and green to their full potential and Fran Donovan’s ‘Freezing Hill 1’ ,oil on canvas, is a fine example of her lively approach to abstract painting. ‘Red Tree’, a mixed media picture with its centralised image by Peter Symons is I feel successful due to the unity of colour. All the artists involved, ‘the magnificent seven’, have put together an exciting exhibition which should be viewed and enjoyed.