Nature is a Language

A new exhibition at The Gallery Norfolk, 60 St Giles, Norwich, opens 28th May 2016.

Art, ceramics and sculpture inspired by myth and nature by Paul Bommer, Hannah Firmin, Tom Frost, Julia McKenzie, Sarah Rickart and Toby Winterbourn.

 Paul Bommer

Print maker Paul Bommer's work is greatly influenced by his love and considerable knowledge of folklore, myth and legend then interpreted in his playful and irreverent style. Recent work includes a print of the Green Man and a series of Shakespeare related prints.

Hannah Firmin

Hannah uses the relief print as her preferred technique with either lino, vinyl or wood, then combining with paint and collage. The exhibition will feature a series of beautiful black and white prints initially created for a Folio Society book ‘Folktales of Britain’ and other larger hand -coloured lino cut works based on nature and myth.

Julia McKenzie

Julia’s work comes from the starting point of nature where she can investigate her environment and the bridge between urban living and the natural world. She looks for evidence she can hold in her hand to study, overlooked, fragile and sometimes broken things. In the exhibition we have a large scale hand coloured screen print ‘Beltane’ and a series of nature based linocuts printed on Japanese paper.

Tom Frost

Now living in rural Wales, print maker Tom Frost’s has long been popular at The Gallery Norfolk. Much of his work starts with nature, folklore and myth, then translated into his very individual style.

Toby Winterbourn

Norfolk-based artist blacksmith Toby Winterbourn unique sculptures are mostly inspired by natural forms – he likes to take wild plants and scale them up into metal sculpture, some with a rusty finish, some in a galvanised finish. For the exhibition Toby has created two new works called folktrees.

Sarah Rickard

An image of the waxing moon and its influence on plant growth is depicted on the body of Sarah’s running hares in the exhibition. They are made in white earthenware and decorated with oxides and a clear glaze followed by transfers, the transfer being created from Sarah's original artwork. We are also showing a series of one-off pieces created by Sarah based on nature and wildlife.