Falmouth Art Gallery :: Effortless Brushstrokes

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11 February — 14 April 2012

In a major new exhibition Falmouth Art Gallery is showcasing what John Singer Sargent described as ‘conveying the maximum with the minimum'.

Effortless Brushstrokes
11 February - 14 April 2012

In a major new exhibition Falmouth Art Gallery is showcasing what John Singer Sargent described as ‘conveying the maximum with the minimum'. It features paintings by artists from the 1880s to the present day that are brilliantly composed by seemingly ‘effortless brushstrokes' - a skill only achieved by great talent mixed with hard work and study. The exhibition is being staged in partnership with Beside the Wave gallery who are holding a contemporary ‘Effortless Brushstrokes' exhibition.

‘All the artists in "Effortless Brushstrokes" possess an "art and intelligence",' says Louise Connell, director of Falmouth Art Gallery. ‘It's an exciting collaboration with Beside the Wave gallery as we are showing past greats like Sargent, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and Robert Lenkiewicz alongside leading contemporary artists including Kurt Jackson, Andrew Tozer and Benjamin Warner.'

Sir Alfred Munnings' magnificent ‘Whitsuntide - A Gala Day', 1902, is on loan to Falmouth Art Gallery from the Harris Gallery in Preston - the first time it has been shown in Cornwall. The casual grouping of figures and beaming faces looks spontaneous and freely painted yet Munnings (1878 - 1959) worked closely from studies, sketches and photographs to create the illusion of movement and activity.

Also in Cornwall for the first time is the portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941 - 2002) of ‘Diogenes in the Studio Window at Night'. It is an extraordinary image of an extraordinary man who lived in a concrete pipe on a rubbish tip in Plymouth.
The gallery is staging an exciting programme of FREE workshops and events to accompany the exhibition. Workshops include ‘Funky faces', ‘Happy hatching', and ‘Flower power'. Family workshops take place every Saturday, just drop in from 2 - 3 pm.

‘Effortless Brushstrokes' can be seen at Falmouth Art Gallery from 11 February - 14 April 2012. Falmouth Art Gallery is open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is FREE.

For more information about the exhibition or the accompanying workshops please contact Donna Williams on 01326 313 863 or email info@falmouthartgallery.com