Mary Ogilvie Art Gallery › Exhibitions 2010 and earlier

Winter 2010

James F. Lynch: Children of the Medina – Paintings of Morocco 

The paintings are of streets and rooms in Larache, an ancient fishing port 50 miles south of Tangier where James F. Lynch has partly lived for the last four decades. Architecture is registered with draughtsmanly precision; colours are beautifully toned. There is a strange feeling of tentativeness and surprise in the settings, as though the collection of beautifully observed planes and lines has just happened to fall together to make a street. And then massy human figures appear, bringing warmth and suggesting narrative possibilities. At once precise and moving, the pictures are an unforgettable evocation of a place.

James F. Lynch Studied at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmith’s College London; since then he has had a long career as an artist and teacher. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal West of England Academy, the New English Art Club and the Alexandra Irigoyan Gallery in Madrid; and he has had many solo exhibitions, for instance at the Rooksmoor Gallery in Bath, the Angel Gallery in Lavenham, and the Annexe Provinciale de la Culture, Larache, Morocco. We are very excited to be able to show his work at St Anne’s.

Spring 2010

Hazel Rossotti: Photos from 2009

A selection of Hazel Rossotti’s photographs from 2009 – mainly from Southern Australia, Greece (Tilos and Crete) and Oxford – can be seen in the Mary Ogilvie Art Gallery from Thursday 6 May until at least Wednesday 19 May, the foyer being devoted to black-and-white, and the gallery to colour.

Her subjects, chosen merely for her own enjoyment, range from quasi-abstract celebrations of the play of light on surfaces to attempts to photograph kangaroos, which would had given her more satisfaction if the camouflage had been less effective. And she hopes that this hotchpotch helps her to share some of her visual enjoyment with most of the viewers.

We Were There: Now We’re Here: New Art by Young Artists with Autism and Learning Disabilities

The exhibition is the culmination of a project run by Anne Louise Avery and Steve Pratley at the Ormerod Base, a Special Educational Needs centre, situated at the Marlborough Church of England School in Woodstock, but attracting its intake of students from across Oxfordshire.

Anne and Steve write:

In 2008, we decided to introduce a new approach at the Ormerod, which began with slowly building up a distinctive imaginative landscape with each child through weekly sessions of music, song-writing, story-telling and poetry: both creation and performance. After several months, the students were then encouraged to translate that now familiar and well-travelled landscape into concrete two-dimensional paintings. The art works were executed entirely by the children themselves, according to their own aesthetic decisions; not, crucially, those of the teaching assistant or teacher. The exhibition represents the final stage of the project. We felt that the students' works were so extraordinary, of such symbolic and formal richness, that collectively they would form an important exhibition of great interest not simply to their families, peers, and educators, but to a much wider and diverse public.

We share Anne and Steve’s enthusiasm. The work on show is vivid, energetic, colourful, and deeply surprising. It amply fulfils their hope ‘to move away from the archetype of the perspectivally-obsessed but semantically-limited savant to a more general understanding that an artist with autism is individualistic as a "neuro-typical" artist.’

Spring 2009

Sarah Farrow – Tree Lovers: Paintings and Ceramics

In Farrow’s landscapes, lines and shapes break free from the scenery to pursue their own energies, taking on brighter colours and more vigorous forms. The same feel for movement and mass comes through in her palm-sized sculptures which seem at once delicate and elemental, and which call out to be touched and held.

Sarah Farrow studied at Goldsmiths College and at London & Edinburgh Colleges of Art; she now lives and works in East Oxford. She is known principally for her ArtWeeks exhibitions which have attracted much interest and acclaim.

Summer 2009

Hazel Rossotti – Photographs

For the 30th year running, Hazel Rossotti (a Fellow of St Anne's) is exhibiting in St Anne’s a selection of her photos taken in the previous year. This show, as usual, has major contributions from Greece (this time, from Tilos, in the Dodecanese, and from SW Crete) and from Oxford, with a few from Paris; new locations are S. Australia and the Aeolian Islands.

Her subject matter? She would say…. Anything she enjoys looking at, although she is anxious not to underplay the natural grandeur of landscape, which she finds almost too challenging to photograph. Others might say that her favourite subjects are highlights and shadows of everyday objects such as discarded plastic and bits of wire. The viewer must be the judge.

Autumn 2009

Helen Leith Spencer – Places in Mind

The paintings are of textures, tones and patterns abstracted from the landscape. They are very varied, from swirls of mud through recognisable flowers to geometric compositions done in primary colours. There is great energy in all the work, almost impulsiveness. Several of the images derive from stone circles and from other man-made objects that are lodged in the landscape and in the past.

Helen Leith Spencer is a local artist who also teaches medieval literature in the University. 

Autumn 2008

Miranda Creswell – Painted Drawings

Creswell wields a brush as though it were a pencil. The exhibition will include studies of poise and posture, landscapes, and abstract pieces. What unites these divergent kinds of work is Creswell’s inimitable touch – at once energetic and fragile – and an almost musical use of colour to suggest movement and mood.

Miranda Creswell studied at Camberwell School of Art in the 1980s and has since then held many solo and group exhibitions, for instance at Cadogan Fine Art, Leighton House, Modern Art Oxford and Ely Cathedral. She has taught at RADA and in Brixton Prison.

February 2008

Pam Franklin – Recent Work

This is an art of texture, colour and pattern. In many of the paintings, details or background elements from old master paintings – e.g. by Piero della Francesca – have been extracted, magnified and arranged in orderly designs. This sampling technique has a postmodern frisson; but the works also have an ancient feel which derives from the gesso on which they are painted and the obvious care with which the artist’s brush has brought them into being.In the work shown at this exhibition, Franklin loosens her ties to art history and creates freer patterns, juxtaposing them in a more openly expressive style.

November 2007

Gerard Hanson – Jamaica was my Father’s Home

The pictures are all of Jamaica: street scenes by night, shops, huts, landscapes. The colours are attractive but also have an air of pastiche about them; the lines tend to pull away from figuration into abstract blocks or patterns which feel partly decorative and partly disorienting, even threatening.

See: www.gerardhanson.com

November 2006

Walshworks Retrospective

Walshworks is one of the pen-names of a prolific and respected illustrator, Joanna Walsh, whose pictures appear, for example, in The New YorkerThe Idler and The Guardian. Our exhibition is of her digital prints, finished on computer but incorporating a mixture of collage and drawing. They are exciting pieces: eclectic, satirical, bang up to date in execution, often a little nostalgic in their look.