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Of Land and Sea

Our inaugural exhibition featured our three gallery owners plus three invited artists.

CLARE FLINN | HELEN SMITH | MARIANTHI LAINAS | FIONA PHILIPPS | MORVEN BROWNE | RACHEL PETERS

Clare Flinn

This collection of paintings comes as a result of Clare’s love of the coasts of her native Ireland and the UK. It also reflects her love of colour, and her endeavour to create a sense of place, not abstracted but never literal.

She loves the potential of paint, using it in impasto form where it can be scratched and textured, but also using it in watery layers to allow it to have a life of its own.

Clare studied painting at Wirral Metropolitan College, graduating in 2015.

Helen Smith

Glass artist Helen Smith works with kiln formed glass in her Wirral studio. Combining coloured sheet glass and glass powders she creates vibrant, tactile glass artworks which capture the essence of our coastal landscapes.

“When I walk down to the beach, it is like stepping into a different world the instant I put my foot on the sand. I want my work to evoke this feeling, a reminder of that peaceful other world along the shoreline.”

Helen’s work is painstakingly built up from layers of sheet glass, glass frit (small chunks) and glass powders before being fired in her kiln, often more than once. In the final stage, each piece is sandblasted before being returned to the kiln one last time to give it its beautiful tactile finish.

Marianthi Lainas

Having spent most of her life living a stone’s throw from the beach, Marianthi‘s mixed media pieces are inspired by her close connection with our coastal edgelands.

Working initially out at the strandline and on the tidal islands of Hilbre, Marianthi uses light-sensitive materials to create unique imprints of tidal ebb and flow.  Back in the studio, these ‘sea works’ are selectively embellished with metal leaf, pastel, fibres or wax. Information about the specific tidal conditions that helped to create each piece also sits alongside many of the titles.

Marianthi has exhibited widely in solo and group shows across the UK. ‘Sea Signatures’, a hardback book of her coastal abstract work, was published by Kozu Books in April 2022.

Fiona Philipps

Fiona’s current practice is informed by her daily walks beside the Dee Estuary; it also draws upon memories and experiences from her childhood and throughout her life. She grew up in West Kirby and has never lived anywhere other than beside the Estuary. Her childhood memories are so closely connected to the landscape which has changed very little throughout the years.

She loves to walk whatever the weather and as we move from season to season the changes in these surrounding landscapes are documented in her paintings.

In her work Fiona expresses her own emotional response to this beautiful part of the world by incorporating mark making and thick textures into her paintings.

Morven Browne

Morven’s work explores the interplay of movement and light within the environment, and the influence of meteorological factors on the colours and shadows that surround us.

Using jewellery making techniques, she creates repeating sculptural forms which, when grouped, become small installations, kinetic sculptures or 3D wall pieces.

Morven was brought up in rural Dumfriesshire and worked as a Physiotherapist before embarking on a second career as an artist. She now works from a studio on the North Wales/Shropshire/Cheshire border, where she is able to totally immerse herself in the sights and sounds of her rural location.

Rachel Peters

Rachel is a self-taught ceramic artist who works from her home studio in Hoylake, creating hand-built vessels and sculptures using the traditional process of coiling.

Having always been interested in interior design and architecture, Rachel makes beautiful pieces to enhance living spaces. She enjoys the harmony of natural soft forms, biomorphic rounded shapes and calm colour.  Rachel uses a variety of clay bodies in her work but particularly enjoys working with stoneware clays.  She tends not to use glazes as she loves the natural state of the clay, preferring to maintain her connection with the clay and the tactile appreciation of its texture.