On show are 18 artworks, made between 2015 and 2020. Within this selection there is no main theme other than the ongoing painterly pre-occupations that give rise to the works. The artwork is installed in a way that seeks to illuminate some of the connective bounds: recurring motifs, colour palette, line & form.
Jonathan Murphy finds the kernel for the beginning of a new work in many places: pencil sketches, a desire to respond to a previous work, a catchy title or just being in the studio with no more sweeping-up left to do; very occasionally this beginning crystalises into something, but more often, this initial process of creating a painting is scraped back or incised into (with the tip of paintbrushes, splinters and sculpting tools). This tidal journey that the paintings undergo—accretion and erosion of image + material—leave echoes of previous incarnations. These echoes help direct where the work finds itself. Often, the paintings are re-worked over a period of years.
This exhibition takes its title from an inscription carved into the face of a cave wall by Millican Dalton. Dalton was an 19th century London Clerk who, after living a bourgeoise life, became a hermit. Dalton spent 50 years living in the lake district, in a subterranean cave.
“In the dark things can be one way up or the t’other, in the moment, well, it’s the sense that counts.”
Jonathan Murphy studied painting at The University of Bradford and The Slade School of Fine Art. He is the organiser of numerous exhibitions and group shows. He is the creator of the online platform Nada/Da and has his studio in Hastings.
Hannah paints, embroiders and designs her artwork in her St Leonards beach hut - the inspiration for much of her work.
Hannah has created a collection of artwork that endeavours to capture everyday snippets of personal points of view and intimate perspectives.
Using oil paintings and embroidery Hannah portrays her understanding of the female form; her view of obscure angles and wobbly bits.
Using unusual colours and snippets the figurative paintings take up landscape qualities, the work becomes personal to the viewer.
A collective exhibition - Hastings Pride + Hastings Artists celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and 50 years since the first Pride march in New York city in 1970.
An exhibition of work by local to Hastings artists that celebrates the diversity in our community and the love for the LGBTQ community and its friends and supporters.
15% of the sale price goes towards Hastings Pride celebrations for next year's Hastings PRIDE day.
A collection of new works by Adam Dando
Photography by Charlotte Faraday
An exhibition of monochrome images captured in the Crown over a five year period.
In the Snug bar throughout February.
Paintings 2017-2019 by John Coello
An exhibition of new works by Pia-Jaie Carpenter
Rosa Doyle's latest exhibition, "Market Garden", is inspired by an unlikely source: her local veg box scheme.
Rosa celebrates the wonder and variety of her weekly veg box in these lush and vivid watercolour paintings.