Arundel Contemporary is delighted to present its first joint exhibition of works by Anna Hymas, painter and Craig Underhill, ceramicist.
Anna lives and works in London. She studied at Central St Martins College of Art and Design graduating in 2000.
Since then, she has shown her paintings in London, New York, Paris, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as with other galleries throughout the UK. Her paintings are bright and colourful, but also have a depth and a sense of abstraction which comes from the process of her work, where one image is often layered on top of another.
Anna’s work spans a range of media including painting, fabrics, costume design, rugs and ceramics. She is also a published children’s book author and illustrator and illustrated posters for the London Underground.
This exhibition of paintings were mainly painted during the 2020 lockdown, inspired by plants in the garden and still lifes around the home.
Born in Scotland in 1968. Studied ceramics at Harrow College and then Fine Art (Ceramics) at Portsmouth University. This was followed by a graduate assistantship at University of Eastern Illinois, USA, in 1990.
In 2004 and 2006, Underhill was awarded Arts Council grants to produce and promote new bodies of work. Since 1997 he has lectured in Ceramics at Dudley College, and has exhibited extensively in the UK, France and The Netherlands. In 2013 he was an invited artist at the Landscape and Ceramics Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary.
”I make slab built vessel forms but these essentially act as 3D canvasses for me to explore the apparently infinite possibilities for mark making that can be achieved with a clay surface and ceramic materials. I want my work to evoke a feeling of landscapes and places that are effected by time over both short periods or eons and I want to appreciate landscape not only as grand open vistas but also as small scale intimate spaces. I can also be inspired by the apparently mundane and often unappreciated landscapes in day to day existence. The activity of collecting and exploring ideas through sketchbooks is an important part of my creative process and has remained with me from my student days. In sketchbooks I can push boundaries, be playful, record and investigate in an unpressured way and this helps in the continuous development of my work”.
Craig Underhill lives in West Cornwall where he has established his pottery studio and gallery.