GARRY PEREIRA, HIS LYRICAL VISION OF COUNTRYSIDE AND SEACOAST OF THE BRITISH ISLES 6- 22 DECEMBER AT THE OSBORNE STUDIO GALLERY AN ARTIST COMMITTED TO PAINTING IN THE OPEN AIR - 30 OF HIS LATEST PAINTINGS CELEBRATE HIS LOVE OF WALKING IN FLOWER FILLED MEADOWS, MARVELLING AT THE POWER OF WILD WAVES
Garry Pereira (born 1974, painting for 25 years) is dedicated to the land and sea of the British Isles, capturing the spirit of remote places from East Anglian flatlands to the Highlands of Scotland. He makes his own paints, each painting is made by ‘layering thin washes of oil and glaze techniques’ ( his words) He has exhibited around the world, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and many cities in the US.
Garry Pereira, studied at Norwich School of Art, made the ancient cathedral city his home. For this show he was inspired by dunes of the Norfolk coast, flower meadows of Norfolk and Suffolk, the wild seas of East Anglian coast.
The dunes are in Holkham and North Norfolk, bluebell meadows in Norfolk and Southwold in Suffolk. Most of the time he works in the open air, or in small boats at sea, accompanied by local fishermen. He collects pieces of slate or ‘found’ materials on his travels to use for small landscapes. Now he is making sketches to work up into large canvases in the studio. He has in addition to making his own paints, restored and gilded elaborate mid -19th century oak and gesso frames for his latest seascapes, adding impact and drama to the paintings.
Thames, Tyne, Portland, Humber, Forth, Dover are nostalgic names from the Shipping Forecast, one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio. Garry Pereira calls his seascapes ‘Found Poetry’ a reference to the rhythmic quality of that familiar weather report. His wild seas are often painted on fishing boats and trawlers much to the surprise and admiration of the fishermen he accompanies.
Garry Pereira says: 'this theme informs much of my work in the show. I have had a fascination with the Shipping Forecast since childhood, the words soothing and the romance of being in the middle of the ocean still excites, soothes and inspires me today.’
His story in his own words: 'I’ve painted for the past twenty five years or so, it remains as important, rewarding, frustrating, magical and spiritual as it always has to me. Every painting I make offering me something, a deeper understanding of material and the subject that I’m painting.
My focus is on the British Isles. For the main, remote places, the flatness of East Anglia to the Highlands of Scotland and all that is in between. I paint in situ, small oil paintings on panels that I use as reference for the larger canvas’ that I develop in my studio. I make my own paints and each painting is made layering thin washes of oil and glaze techniques. I try to create atmosphere and accuracy of subject matter.
My aim continues to be much the same as it ever was, to make the best possible paintings that I can, being sensitive, respectful and open to painting and the landscapes that I am working within.'
OSBORNE STUDIO GALLERY, WHICH CELEBRATED ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR - INFORMAL AND WELCOMING, ITS CUSTOMERS FIND ART THAT WILL REMIND THEM OF A SPECIAL SHARED EXPERIENCE
Geoffrey Hughes guides his clients towards paintings and sculpture that reflect their own tastes, oblivious to transient fads or fashion. The gallery specialises in contemporary figurative art : landscape, seascape , all things equine, and evocative scenes in fields, mountains, cities and deserts around the world. In Geoffrey’s words: “Our art tends not to be photographic. Accurate detail, as in a portrait commission, is less important than a mood and feel of what’s going on. “
Motcomb Street, home of the gallery for 25 years, is crammed with cafes, bars and local artisan shops, a few steps away from white mansions, luxury stores, stately embassies. It is a friendly space on two floors, with a lush back garden graced by nubile nymphs by sculptor Jonathan Wylder.
Geoffrey Hughes has spent many years discovering and nurturing his artists. He understood that he needed to develop a distinctive personality for the gallery to make its mark. He has won the confidence of serious collectors, connoisseurs, lovers of the natural world.