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Oleg Prokofiev

'Abstract Works on paper, card and in wood'

28th of January to 12th of February: weekends only

Open Three Weekends : from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm

Oleg Prokofiev's career as an artist began at sixteen, attending the Moscow School of Art from 1944 to 1949. On completing his studies, Prokofiev worked in the studio of the painter Robert Falk, leaving in 1952 to work for the Institute of Art History in Moscow. As the second son of Sergei Prokofiev, he wrote that his father's music inspired in him ‘a wave of some wonderful energy…a poetic or artistic impulse’.

During Prokofiev's lifetime he exhibited worldwide, including the UK, Germany, Russia, France, and the US. As an artist, he was both excited about the future of Art as well as being remarkably informed about its history. During 1977 Oleg stayed in New York City and the New York art scene continued to influence his own work throughout the 1980s. He began creating organic constructivist sculptures, and over a short period of time his paintings also began to change. His brightly saturated line paintings and skyline sculptures of the 1980s demonstrate a definite departure from the greys, browns, and masking white works of the 1960s and early 70s.

Oleg's late paintings are also strikingly atmospheric. They astonish both in their freedom of expression and their symbolic intensity whilst maintaining a strong sense of continuity within the artistic tradition of the 20th century.

Since his death, his popular abstract compositions have been acquired for the permanent collection of the renowned Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and for many other European national collections. 

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Basia Burroughs

'Riverscapes'

18th of February to 5th of March: weekends only

Three Weekends : from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm

Basia writes: I work from my local surroundings, painting landscapes of the river Thames and parks around Greenwich and Deptford, either on site or from my own photography and being so familiar with the area mean’s I'm able to notice the small details and changes in the landscape. I find the urban landscape of London beautiful to paint, the areas which are often seen as relics of industrial past and that are beginning to disappear due to gentrification. I like to work with oil paints on my own hand stretched canvas as it allows me to have control over the paint and creates a bold array of colours.

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Rose Nag

'Marking Time'

11th of March to 26th of March: weekends only

Three Weekends : from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm

Rose Nag studied Fine Art at Newcastle University when both Victor Pasmore and  Richard Hamilton were influential teachers and the study of visual form opened up  new fields of creativity. Greatly benefitting from this education, she developed  workshops in 'Visual Thinking' for Architecture and Design students. After many  years teaching in colleges and Universities, she has now returned to her original  practice. This exhibition of drawing, prints and watercolour paintings represents  transitory reflections, perceived in the 'minds eye' and fixed as moments in time.

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Ti Parks   1939 -2017

'Etchings and Sculpture'

Saturday 1st of April  to Sunday 16th of April 

Three Weekends : from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm

  

Ti Parks was born in the UK; he trained at the Slade School before taking up the offer to move to Australia in 1964. He became a major influence in the contemporary art world there and this continues. Parks returned to the UK in the 1970’s and lived in Blackheath for the rest of his life. He continued to exhibit internationally and was a Venice Biennale winner and contributor to major exhibitions.

 

During the last thirty years of his life Parks produced etchings, dry points, aquatints and mezzotints in small editions. It was very important for Parks to complete the whole process of printmaking himself; from the selection, cutting and preparing of the metal plate to the inking, wiping, pulling and final flattening of the finished print. It was a deliberate choice by the artist to work in this way having studied and admired the hand-made prints of many 20th century artists often produced in their early years before they were in a position to use the commercial facilities of professional printer publishers.

 

This exhibition examines the abstract playfulness of his working practise. Parks enjoyed using classic and inventive methods to mark onto metal plate. Whether crushing under weight or using found objects to add an element of control, these etchings reflect his enjoyment of both design and chance. Parks read widely and references to Beckett in particular are evident here. This was echoed throughout his total genre of painting, collage, book making, performance and also sculpture.

 

This exhibition will also include a number of Parks’ ‘garden sculptures’. Found objects selected with care and assembled with his usual visual playfulness.

 

Ti is represented by Messums Wiltshire who exhibited a set of Parks’ dry point etchings in 2021 as part of their Elisabeth Frink exhibition ‘Man is an Animal’. Parks was a close friend of Elisabeth Frink from the 1970’s. During holidays with her and family he produced a series of prints of views of the house, garden family and pets. This series can be viewed and purchased on the MessumsWiltshire Website: Ti Parks Archive.

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