Staged to coincide with the Olympics & Paralympics, Cornwall Living visited Falmouth Art Gallery to view an exhibition that shows how challenge can lead to great artistic achievements.
All of the artists showing their work at the Soaring Spirits Exhibition have attained new levels in art as a result of overcoming their own personal challenges. Indeed, they are the catalyst for their genius, enriching & energising their work.
The exhibition includes four rare watercolours by Edward Lear (1812 – 1888). Best known for his comic verse, Lear was also an accomplished landscape painter who made drawings & sketches of the River Tamar & the Lake District, at the same time prone to epilepsy. On loan from The Wordsworth Trust, this is the first time that these works have been exhibited in Cornwall.
Also on show are a series of works by the great French artist Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) on loan from The Great Atlantic Gallery in Falmouth. Matisse’s cut-outs were made from a wheelchair when he could no longer hold a paintbrush at arm’s length, yet these iconic pictures went on to define twentieth century art.
Paintings by Cornish-born artist Thomas Luny (1759 – 1837) are also included in the exhibition. Luny spent the last twenty years of his life in Teignmouth where he sought a cure for his severe arthritis. In spite of this he continued to paint, producing dramatic & detailed maritime scenes with his brushes strapped to his wrists.
Soaring Spirits, which runs through the summer from 23 June to 8 September, looks at equally inspiring examples from the seventeenth century through to the present day, including Lucy Apple, Tina Day, Julian Dyson, Tom Early, Nerys Johnson, Anne Killigrew, Kenneth Newton, Bryan Pearce, Patrick Woodroffe and Partou Zia, among others.
Soaring Spirits runs from June 23 –September 8, 2012. Admission is free. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm including Bank Holidays. Admission is FREE.
For more information about the exhibition please contact Louise Connell (Director) on 01326 313863.