'POINT OF FOCUS’
Anima Mundi, in partnership with Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, presents ‘Point of Focus’; a solo exhibition of recent multi-layered and luminous paintings by Simon Averill.
In these paintings, Averill re-considers what might take place within momentary instances of seeing; they are an exploration of the ways in which sight, memory and perception interact. These paintings are a translation of, and receptiveness to, intimate time spent within place and nature. Nature is of course, always changing, always in flux. The paintings respond to these unpredictable, fleeting moments of naturally occurring optical phenomenon and distortions to the senses. Experienced physically and biologically, in place and in time, something is present that was not there before. The experience is recovered after a lapse in time, through memory.
The exhibition will be presented on the upper floor of Tremenheere Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL.
EXHIBITION IMAGES (click to enlarge)
Simon Averill is a British artist born in Brighton, England in 1961. He currently lives and works near Marazion in West Cornwall.
Simon Averill's paintings are informed and motivated by his response to light and a compulsion to record the fleeting and transitory effects of light on his immediate surroundings. The experience of being in a certain place will mark itself indelibly on Averill’s conscious – resulting in a methodical and repetitive series of motifs, which describe the intangible effects of light in varying degrees of diffraction, reflection and distortion.
Averill studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and graduated with Honours. In 1986 he established a Printmaking Workshop near Penzance, Cornwall, which he ran until 1990. Since 1989 he has lectured at Falmouth University, where he is now a senior lecturer, specialising in painting and drawing. He has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists since the late 1980s.
Averill has exhibited widely with exhibitions in the UK, Europe and USA including the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, The Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries, Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, Sherborne House, Plymouth Museum, Plymouth Arts Centre, Truro Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Festival Hall in Chicago, USA. Simon Averill is represented by Anima-Mundi.