Introducing the next exhibition:
Paintings by Lil Tudor-Craig
Lil Tudor-Craig ©
18" x 24" (45.5 x 61cm), Egg Tempera on panel
ECOLOGY INTO ART
An exhibition of paintings by
Lil Tudor-Craig and Paper Sculpture by Polly Verity
The Market House
Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AB.
August 21st – September 4th
2011, 11 - 6 daily.
and Polly will be at the Old Market House for the whole duration of the
exhibition and look forward to welcoming you there.
"Painting is a way for me to explore, understand and celebrate the
natural world of the British Isles.
My interest is in ecology or the relationship of living things to each
other and to their habitat. Each painting shows a particular place at a
particular time of year, with some of the creatures which would be
found there at that time.
The pictures are conceived as if time could be stretched so that one
could look at that place for a month all in one day. Some of the
paintings are concerned with the beauty of often overlooked simple
places such as reedbeds, brambles, nettles, field corners and thorn
thickets with the incredible diversity of species that live there. Some
paintings are of more complex long-established plant communities such
as old meadows and their web of intricately dependant species. The
paintings celebrate species of plants and animals that are still
common, and are also an elegy for those that are passing into history.
I use egg tempera, a paint made by mixing very pure pigments with egg
yolk. Intense colours and fine detail are possible with this medium.
The pictures are painted onto high quality plywood panels which are
prepared using gesso to provide the ground for painting. Each picture
takes around three months to complete".
Tel: 07813 068054 www.tudor-craig.co.uk
Paper Sculpture by Polly Verity
Polly Verity creates miniature wire and paper sculptures depicting
extinct species, other-worldly and mythological creatures.
With a structure made of pure silver wire that describes the external
contours like a delicate exoskeleton, fine paper covers this like a
taut translucent skin. The outcome is a form that takes up volume and
yet appears hardly there. White and diaphanous paper gently contrasts
with the darker, underlying wireframe lines of the structure which
appears as a line drawing describing threedimensional contours.
Ancient and timeless, drawn from myth or descriptions of creatures now
extinct, these strange beasts emanate a sense of fragility and
Often origami paper work is incorporated, tiny meticulous repeat folds
slot together to form wings or the feathers of a creature. Sometimes
forms stem from a flat sheet of paper with resulting shapes resembling
naturalistic forms such as coral and fungi to other very different
mathematical geometric repeated forms precisely folded without cuts.
This paperwork is incorporated into the wire sculptures, seamlessly as
though they grew there or were formed over millennia like strange
The works appeal to people's sense of wonder and the unknown. The
stance and facial expression of each creature relays an anthropomorphic
depth and strength of emotion which seems to particularly resonate and
is accentuated by the idea of a creature trapped inside a glass prison
which is at once beautiful and heart-rending.
The paper is acid-free and
conservation grade and the glue is archival quality, the same materials
as used in book conservation.