Uncertain Things

Please come to our exhibition ‘Uncertain Things’ which opens on 30th September at the Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX. We will be in the gallery 11am-4pm.



Ben Coode-Adams, Claire Loder and Freddie Robins are producing new work for this exhibition, which responds to our uncertain times with ‘Uncertain Things’. These three artists make no earth shattering claims for their art but that does not make it any less profound. Their art is particularly good at discussing the maybes, ifs and wherefores, the not so happy, the not decided; the detail of how people are. It’s complicated. And that is what makes their art interesting and worth spending time with. So if you are in the least bit interested in seeing beyond the obvious I think you will enjoy this exhibition.

Ben, Claire and Freddie will be in the gallery for the opening on Saturday 30th September 11am-4pm.


Claire Loder ‘Cross Country’ ceramic 2017 H20xW15cms


Ben Coode-Adams ‘Dark Times’ watercolour on paper 2017 H36xW51cms


Freddie Robins ‘Crow’ ink on paper, wool 2017 H15x22cms


‘Watercolour Now’ at the Sentinel Gallery and the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize

‘Watercolour Now’

I am in a wonderful exhibition at the Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe. I was delighted to be asked to participate by Jane Lewis. It has some great work in it, most of which I was unfamiliar with. I love seeing new work. It is a beautifully hung show with delightful and intelligent juxtapositions, put together by Pru Green and Rosie Harman. There are some fascinating correspondences between abstract and figurative work which I really like. It runs until 25th September so do see if you can make it down.


Here’s me with my painting ‘Moon boy’, a James Faure Walker and a Clive Davis plate.


A cracking group with two of my paintings, two by Jane Lewis and one by James Faure Walker


A great corner with my painting ‘Apollo Garden’ on the left; Bridget Moore’s ‘Yellow Room’ and Caroline McAdam Clark’s ‘Promised Land’ and more ceramics by Clive Davis. Bridget’s work has a Sickert like use of dark but the lightness of touch of Bonnard. Caroline’s landscape uses intriguing and beguiling patterns combined with collage elements. Both are really lovely.


On the right here are Gertie Young’s wonderfully whimsical landscapes always with a dark shadow of looming evil lurking in the background. And on the left Wendy Jacob’s sand dune. The exhibition also features the work of Debbie Ayles whose work I couldn’t photograph very well but she is the featured artist at the Minories shop in Colchester at the moment.



In further Watercolour News I have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize. Hurrah! The shortlisted works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 19 – 24 September 2016, and will continue to tour to venues across the UK, including Parabola Arts centre, Cheltenham (24 – 29 October 2016) and Guildford House Gallery, Guildford (10 December 2016 – 28 January 2017). Below is my painting ‘Lily White Boys’ which made the cut. The title refers to the English folk song ‘Green Grow the Rushes – Ho’ which is obscure in meaning but vivid in imagery. I like to peer behind the curtain of the obvious. I like not knowing.