Celebrating the natural world in a variety of evocative styles and forms, this exhibit by the World Land Trust gallery showcased an eclectic mix of work, including sculptures by David Cemmick and Roger Hardy, etchings by Isabel Hutchison, cards and prints by Steve Cale, Ian Griffiths, Alan Hunt and others, as well as a selection of watercolours and books.
After the Event
Meet artists Isabel Hutchison, David Cemmick and Roger Hardy
Isabel Hutchison, a self-taught artist, has had a passion for painting and drawing since childhood. Wishing to find an outlet for her creative abilities, Isabel initially began to look for work within the Interior Design industry.
But having been widowed at the young age of 24, she decided soon after to move her career towards an avenue that would offer more scope for her love of painting and drawing.
Travelling proved a good starting point; Isabel visited Australia and Asia on her first trips abroad, painting several murals in Sydney before returning home with a portfolio ready to begin her new life as a painter.
This was followed by many more travels across the world, which clearly provided her with great inspiration for her artwork. More recent trips have taken her to Kenya, where she was able to study wildlife in their natural environments of the Masai Mara and Serengetti whilst on safari, as well as visiting the Lake Nakuru National Park and the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage for Elephants.
Joining Isabel's work, were bronze sculptures by artist David Cemmick; a passion for wild places and the creatures that inhabit them have driven David’s creativity and inspiration over the past 35 years. Through his anatomical training as a taxidermist and meeting eminent field artist and broadcaster Eric Ennion, David realised the importance of direct observation of animals in their natural habitats.
Field trips to draw animals ‘en plein air’ in Kenya, Madagascar, Jamaica, India and New Zealand have informed his image making and, more recently, his approach to sculptural forms. In 2006, after a chance meeting with mould maker Sebastian Wylder, they formed Cemmick and Wylder Fine Art to turn David’s wax and clay sculpures into bronze limited editions.
The gallery also showcased sculptures by local Suffolk artist Roger Hardy, who has always has a passion for wildlife. Roger has been developing his original sculptures - brimming with character and humour - for the last four years, while also painting the Suffolk landscape.
His work often combines the polished sculptured element, created from plaster and bronze powder, with unusual objects which he recycles – from crab claws found on Dunwich beach, trinkets from local antique markets and kick-knacks discovered in junk shops.
Libby Purves, writer and broadcaster, said:
“With his keen eye for shapes and for absurdities Roger Hardy makes mundane objects graceful, and ordinary things remarkable.”
Complementing the work of these artists were cards and prints by Steve Cale, Ian Griffiths, Alan Hunt and others, as well as a selection of watercolours and books.
• Find us: World Land Trust gallery, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth. IP19 8AB
• Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 10am – 5pm. Saturday and Sunday: closed
• Find out more: www.worldlandtrust.org/gallery