Exhibition of Studio Ceramics and Contemporary Wall Art in Oils by Andrew Dowden
Quarr Abbey Art Gallery, Quarr Abbey Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4ES
Thursday 5 to Tuesday 10 July 2018
10am to 5pm – Free admission to Exhibition, Abbey and Grounds
Quarr Abbey will be hosting a Summer Show, featuring a collection of unique and distinctive handmade, hand-carved studio ceramics and complementary textured wall art by Island artist Andrew Dowden. This is an opportunity to view Andrew’s work and buy directly from the artist. Quarr Abbey, a registered charity, will receive a percentage of all exhibition sales.
Ideas and designs for his ceramic work come from various sources including nature, architecture and archaeology. ‘Pottery has been made on the Island since Neolithic times,’ says Andrew. ‘Learning about pottery and actually working through the different stages of each making process, has made me appreciate this ancient art form.’ Andrew was inspired to take up ceramics whilst researching a book on Isle of Wight pottery. ‘I primarily make pieces for my own interest and satisfaction but it pleases me to know that people who buy my work also appreciate it.’
Surface texture and form are Andrew’s main interest, and textured designs have also been incorporated into his oil-painted wall art. A carpenter for 20 years, Andrew constructed the teak frames from recycled materials.
Andrew will be in attendance throughout the exhibition and will be happy to chat with visitors about his work. Quarr Abbey Art Gallery will be open from 10am-5pm each day. Admission is free to the exhibiton, the Abbey and grounds.
Additional venue information: Licenced Cafe, Disabled access, Farm shop, Visitor Centre, Bookshop, Large free car park, Woodland Walk, Old Abbey ruins, Onsite pigs and hens, Toilets