Craig Askew

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Statement

  

When I am by the sea it is the place that I feel most alive and connected. The place where the land meets the sea, and where the sea meets the sky, it is here that I paint and draw.I am drawn to the raw nature of the sea when in storm and entranced by its surface on a calm summer’s day.  The sound of it as it gently laps on the sand or the crash as rollers smash into the rocks; it is the smell and the taste of the sea. 

Notes and observations from my journals and sketchbooks that help in the making of my paintings:

As I looked tomorrow began to appear, the birds called out to it in greeting; the lark, the curlew and the gull, each in turn calling. As the mist cleared the day had begun and across the water the oyster catchers shrieked their song  as they zig zagged back and forth. More light on the horizon and the darkness gave way to light as a small yacht sailed back into the dark. I looked towards the light.The  darkness gave birth to a beautiful dawn. The sea breathed a gentle  sigh and it ran around the rocks, A storm erupted and the sea rolled on. Through the grey mist and mizzle I saw a boat, ghostly appear. The dark clouds massed to my right and moving slowly across the bay, eventually the distant headland disappeared into the sky, the sea and storm. The gentle light fell upon the sea; now dappled and blinking, an intense dazzling white against flashes of deep intense dark. The cloud hung low and nearby a blackbird calls whilst across the bay a solitary white sailed yacht appears to float suspended above the horizon. 

All of this I try to get into my work, often
it is a record of a moment in time, a memory or an expression of a
place I know intimately.

 


 

Exhibition History

October 22nd- November 6 2016"After the leaves have fallen" Autumn show Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
July- September 2016"Out of the blue" Summer show Westcroft Gallery, Kingsand Cornwall
July 11th 2015-September 20th 2015"Stories From The Shore" Summer show Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
14th February-22nd March 2015Solo Show "By the Light of the Moon" Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
Westcroft Gallery KIngsand Cornwall
October 25th 2104 - January 11th 2015"Harbour at Dusk" Autumn - Winter show Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
19th July - 21st September 2014"Movement in Blue" Summer exhibition at Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
2014-gallery artistRowbury Gallery The Barbican Plymouth.
2014Peninsula Skies Westcroft Gallery Kingsand
2013Into the blue Westcroft Gallery Kingsand
2013-gallery artistCoombe Street Gallery Lyme Regis
2013Autumn Light The Orangery Nynehead
16th February - 24th February 2013Solo show "The storm came and they sailed on" Westcroft Gallery Kingsand Cornwall
2013Throw the curtains wide contemporary Departments of coffee and social affairs London
2013Gallery4Art Summer exhibition: A box of delights Binham Grange Somerset
2012-gallery artistBaxters Gallery Dartmouth Devon
2012The Spring Show The Archway Gallery Wellington Somerset
2012-gallery artistLove Local Frome Somerset
2012The Spring Open The Westcroft Galley Cornwall
2012The Black Swan Biannual Open Frome Somerset (love local prize winner)
2012-gallery artistThe Ginger Fig Gallery Taunton Somerset
2011The Christmas Show The Archway Gallery Wellington Somerset
2011The Christmas Show The Westcroft Gallery Cornwall
2011Lutyens Gallery Hestercombe House Taunton Somerset
2011Flora and Fauna The Archway Gallery Wellington Somerset
2011Drawing The Archway Gallery Wellington
2011Delamore Arts Cornwood Devon
2011Summer show Westcroft Gallery Cornwall
2011Tayt Morden Cotehele Cornwall
2010The Christmas Show The Archway Gallery Wellington
2010The Blue Indigo Gallery Teignmouth Devon
2010Interior Tides Macclesfield Derbyshire
2010Buy the sea Illminster Somerset
2010The walnut gallery Sixpenny handley Dorset
2010Coastal Creatives Bournemouth Dorset
2009Linea St Hellier Jersey
2009The Sea The Archway Gallery Wellington
2009Toe in the water Gallery Fowey Cornwall
2009Lantic gallery Tiverton Devon
2009The Crescent gallery Taunton Somerset