We are very happy to welcome three hugely respected artists for our next exhibition here at Scarlet Wines. Iona Sanders, Tom Leaper and Karen McEndoo will be showing here from February 4th until early March – all pieces will be for sale.
The trio are reuniting for a pop-up show at Scarlet Wines following their recent successful exhibition at Penwith Gallery in St Ives, where they were part of ‘October Six’. Though their aesthetic and approaches are all very different, the three share certain characteristics which bring cohesion and context. For example, their work all has distinctly Cornish influences whilst defying the expectations of contemporary Cornish art. They also all take a markedly playful approach to their practice; unafraid to experiment, they are continually challenging themselves to explore the subtleties of colour and form, and examining the effect on the viewer.
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For over 30 years, Tom has produced a remarkable variety of work, from the figurative to the abstract, from small studio pieces to large scale projects in public spaces, using a wide variety of materials and techniques.
Based in Cornwall, Tom’s public sculptures include the poignant Fishermen’s Memorial at the port of Newlyn and numerous markers for English Heritage and the South West Coastal Footpath. Private commissions can be seen in some of the finest English gardens in the country, including Tresco’s Abbey Garden, Arley Hall and Trewithen to name but a few.
Iona was born in the far west of Cornwall, and has spent most of her life there. Her early days were spent combing the beaches for treasures, and pressing flowers, which would go on to become the subject matter for her drawings. Later on, when her children were young, she painted canvases to brighten up their rooms, which led to more commissioned work. Recently her paintings have explored simplicity (in her otherwise busy domestic life), often paying particular attention to mundane, everyday objects. Her passion is derived from the landscapes that surround her, and the sea view which is the predominant feature of her studio. Her style is free, with a naivity that makes her pieces like a breath of sea air. Her work is mainly ink and acrylic, with the odd splash of an emulsion as a primary backwash. Whether depicting a favourite tea cup, jar of wild flowers, an old chair, or a wave, each piece exudes a warmth and vibrancy that gives the onlooker an intimate glimpse into Iona’s world.
Karen McEndoo was born in Carshalton in Surrey but her early life was spent in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia) which has had a tremendous influence on her work, inspired particularly by the rich colours, designs and music around her and memories of the smell of the scorched earth after the first rains.
Her influences also include the works of Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Robert Sadler, Nicholas de Stael and Antoni Tapies to name quite a few.
Karen lives and works on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall and in particular an affection for the far west coast of Cornwall, ‘ I gain much inspiration from the wild and untamed coastline and the rich history of the mining industry. I also have a particular passion for science and nature, be it deep space or microbiology, this often creeps into my work’.