GALLERIES/The Fine Art Society
Ron Sandford (b.1937)
Glass Table, Macao, 2023
Pen, oil, ink and watercolour on paper
68.6 × 99.1 cm. (27 × 39 in.)
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Ron Sandford: The Everyday, Every Day
Tim Pomeroy: Metamorphosis
Frederick Burrows: Textile Designs
10 November – 22 December
Personal vignettes from a life in Hong Kong, Shetland, and travels in Italy. Ron Sandford's paintings communicate his lived experience of these culturally and geographically distinct environments through commonplace items, often before deftly captured backdrops.
For 30 years, Ron illustrated books and newspapers and undertook large scale architectural commissions such as Bishopsgate, London. He has taught at the Royal College of Art, Central School of Art and Design, St. Martin's School of Art and Brighton School of Art. From his studio on Yell, Shetland, he draws the everyday, every day: still life, landscape and portrait in pencil, pen, ink and watercolour.
The rhythm and patterns of nature form the core of our new exhibition of sculpture by Arran-based artist Tim Pomeroy. Pomeroy's work heightens the organic geometries of the natural world, picking out and amplifying features. There is also a human element to Pomeroy's sculptures, in which ideas of ceremony and mysticism are explored through vessel forms and precious materials. Marble, slate, granite, clay, wood and gold are metamorphised through the process of carving, smoothing, refining. The works in this exhibition are small in scale; personal, ritual objects.
In their final year of training, students at the Royal College of Art made their own original designs having previously copied those of others. These designs for textiles and wallpaper by Frederick Burrows, who was an articled pupil of Christory Dresser, include studies of past masters such as William Morris and also his own prize winning original designs from 1902.