Visuals: Features

It's that man again! Jehan in Malton

Scarborough-based artist Jehan is to showcase his photomontages for the first time in a solo exhibition titled Recur at Malton’s  contemporary art gallery Duckett & Jeffreys.

 

Jehan’s work depicts personal struggles such as alienation, depression and loss, as well as wider environmental and social issues. His art is grounded in the punk and DIY ethics of the late 1970s. He creates his art instinctively in many different media.

 

In his photomontages we see the welcome of the threatening dogs; skeletal witnesses to fake 1950s passion; grotesque portraits; and figures in imagined northern landscapes. Recurrent themes in his art include the irresponsibility of childhood and its passing as an adult, and visions of a post-oil world.

 

Check out some of the accolades Jehan has attracted: 'In a world of bullshit, fashion and mumbo jumbo it is a relief to know that an artist as strong and humble as Jehan is creating simple beauty with such diligence and madness. Time will tell the unknowing that this is a very real and serious artist.'

Robert Lloyd, Singer/Songwriter, The Nightingales

 

'The images and content are powerful and arresting. The work holds it's own with a self-confidence that is interesting and aggressive.'

April Gertler, Artist, Berlin

 

‘Recur’runs at Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery from 11 January to 11 February.

 

Old Maltongate, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7EG

01653 691119

www.duckettandjeffreys.com

Opening times 11am – 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.

 

 

Entwined: three artists and a venue

Places have a special meaning for us. They inspire, depress, spark off memories, bring passions to the surface. Some are for solitude and some – like creative industries centre Woodend – seem to foster a meeting of minds.

Three creative professionals based at the former Sitwell family home in The Crescent, Scarborough, have collaborated on a show that celebrates their presence there. Jeweller Samantha Birch, and textile artists Lindsey Tyson and Jan Bee Brown, have curated a show that interweaves their individual passions and talents. Entwined is inspired by fairytales, tangled woods and forest fantasies.

Lindsey and Samantha both grew up in Scarborough and after successful careers decided to return to start independent creative businesses. After working in silver and precious stones in Hatton Garden Samantha is now launching a line of nature-inspired jewellery.

 

Jan Bee Brown is a visual storyteller, influenced by her experience in fine art, theatre and museum collections. Her individual artistic practice uses a quirky combination of felt and vintage textiles to interpret historic collections, to celebrate community and uncover hidden stories.

 

Lindsey, having worked in textile design for the car industry, now creates hand-dyed and felted couture scarves and wraps. She says: ‘This is the best move I’ve made – the people, the place – I love it.’ Her favourite material, wool, is a big part of the show. She says she particularly likes its versatility and used as felt, it has lots of three-dimensional scope.

 

Woodend, for those not familiar, is an imposing villa set in its own landscaped grounds. Art shows are held in the spectacular double-height former conservatory that once boasted palms and a fish pond. Director Andrew Clay adds: ‘Co-operation is a central part of our philosophy. We are delighted that our tenants are working together in harmony to produce something special, it’s what this project has always strived to achieve.’

 

Entwined runs at Woodend Art and Craft gallery from Saturday 12 November to Saturday 10 December inclusive weekdays 10am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm. Free entry.

 

Read our review here

 

On the edge: Kane Cunningham and Joe Cornish

The landscape of north-east Yorkshire has a good claim to be among the most deeply interesting in Britain. It is beautiful, of course, a unique work of nature that unfolds itself in new ways every time we see it. But it’s also a record of human interaction with the world. People have been in this region for thousands of years but, through an accident of history, much of the landscape has been emptied and given back to nature.

It’s this interaction of natural and human forces, of light, wind, rain and sea, combining with human history, that makes the land so deeply moving and fascinating.

 

Two artists from different traditions – painter Kane Cunningham and photographer Joe Cornish – have combined to produce an exhibition that reflects their own involvement with the Yorkshire landscape over many years.

 

The recent move among British artists towards installations and conceptual art may have looked like a move away from the landscape, but in a sense it all started with people like Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long making art interact with the natural world. Cunningham and Cornish will be mining a rich vein, helping to re-invigorate a notable British artistic tradition. Spending hours and days in the great outdoors has shown them both that artistic renderings of landscapes never produce just pretty pictures, instead they stir emotions within us that we struggle to understand – and that is what art is for.

 

Landscape Revisited

30 September to 4 December, Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent