2013 John Stillman - Small is Beautiful

2013 John Stillman - Small is Beautiful

An exhibition of small format oil paintings
Exhibition foreword
'Small is Beautiful' may seem a rather ordinary title for an art exhibition but for John and other 'plein air' painters it is anything but. To paint outdoors in all weathers and to record the world around you is always a challenge and the results will always be unpredictable.

For practical purposes most 'plein air' painters use small prepared panels which allow an image to be completed in a short period of time. This is not a new tradition as in the late nineteenth century many artisits used similar small pieces of card and Signac found that cigar box lids were ideal for this purpose.

The resulting small 'plein air' images often give birth to an idea for a composition or landscape which can then be worked up on a larger scale in the studio. Here John offers you a view of his world in small 'visual bites'. Each picture is more than a simpler landscape image and often reflects a new take on the world around us - Enjoy!
Dr. Nigel .T. Cooke

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9am until 6pm on SATURDAY 13 JULY 2013


Please contact Andrew on 020 8647 1800 if you wish to join the gallery mailing list to receive up to date information on John's show or to be considered to receive an invitation to the private view.

10am - 5pm   Monday
10am - 5pm   Tuesday
CLOSED       Wednesday
10am - 5pm   Thursday
10am - 5pm   Friday
10am - 5pm   Saturday
11am - 4pm   Sunday

There is a Pay and Display car park available directly opposite the gallery on the south side of Carshalton high street which forms part of the A232 between Sutton and Wallington.

John Constable, the great English landscape artist who was celebrated for painting the areas he loved surrounding his home in Suffolk, often commented upon his approach to his work in letters written to friends and acquaintances.

"I should paint my own places best"  – "painting is but another word for feeling"

"There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, colour and perspective will always make it beautiful."

During my time working with local artist John Stillman on the publication of his first book in 2012 and his forthcoming exhibition here at the [mine] gallery in July, I have been reminded of these comments which have lead me personally to a greater understanding and appreciation of John's deep rooted influences and approach to his own work.

For those of you unfamiliar with John Stillman, he predominantly produces en plein air (in the open air) paintings of landscapes, urban scenes and events occurring in and around his much loved home of Carshalton, as well as further afield across London, Surrey, the south coast and occasionally abroad, in Italy and Venice.

John's new exhibition, "small is beautiful" which opens at [mine] on Saturday 13 July, focuses on distilling the very essence of his 'plein air' approach to painting, resulting in an outstanding body of small format work that captures and pays homage to those moments in life that cause us to stop, stand still and take in the simple beauty of nature and life at play around us. John has successfully captured these moments with a deft eye for composition and a sumptuous palette of light, colour and atmosphere.

For those of you who may think one landscape painting or local scene is the same as another, I will leave you to ponder a final quote from Constable.

"The world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other."

John Stillman and I both look forward to welcoming you to the exhibtion.

Andrew Candy

[mine] creative space and art gallery