Friday, 3 January 2014

Tonbridge artist - Sue Walker - at The Trinity Tunbridge Wells

This week I visited The Trinity Gallery in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells to take a look at the solo exhibition by Tonbridge Artist, Sue Walker, and I wasn't disappointed. I love Sue's vibrant work, and I'm also very fond of this beautiful little sandstone gallery space in the former Holy Trinity Church designed by Decimus Burton.

In Sue's latest exhibition, 'Highlighting Form', her painting and drawings are particularly influenced by light, shadow and the human form. She draws inspiration from the unexpected shapes cast by an evening light, the dappled effect of the midday sun filtering through the canopy of a tree, or the way light falls on a figure.

Her art complements the space where exhibits hang beneath large imposing church windows that allow just the right amount of light into the interior. The whole works as a visual treat. A perfect relationship.

Amongst the Sue's work are two stunning canvasses. A beautiful male form, isolated in desperation and agony, hangs opposite a painting of two carefree young boys on a summer's day. One boy looks over his shoulder as if looking at the male figure. I loved the positioning of these two pieces and the symmetry between the images.

Apparently the best selling images from this exhibition have been male nudes which puts to rest the idea that the female form is more popular. Several of Sue’s studies include drawings of the Tunbridge Wells renowned “naked cyclist” Roger Coupe.

Sue is not only an accomplished artist, but has also forged a career as a graphic designer for the BBC. She has drawn since she was a child and has always loved everything connected with art and creativity.

The exhibition runs to Saturday January 11 and admission is free.

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