Susie Monnington &
Carlotta Luke (Extended)
12 April to 23 May 2017
Susie grew up in Glynde and her parents and grandparents farmed the Lewes Brooks along the Ouse and the Downs around Glynde. Susie knows the areas well, but says ‘Every season seems to bring new and exciting surprises each year and that’s one of the things that keeps me painting.’ Susie adds ‘I’ve spent years paddling, walking and drawing in the “Wilderness” on the Ouse, the Brooks and various tributaries around Glynde, closely observing seasonal changes. It is these shifts in mood that I try to capture through the play of colour and light. The stillness of winter, the chaos of spring and the intensity of high summer. I have started painting the Lakes at Glyndebourne which feed into the Ouse via Glynde Reach and I am enjoying getting to know the Lakes during the quiet season; no leaves and no people either!’
I start by making lots of rapid studies either on foot or from my canoe - Drift and Draw - which I work up in the studio before moving onto the paintings. I try to keep my work fresh and fluid by having a lot of paintings on the go; it stops me getting too tied up with one painting. I like the informality of working small, having lots on the go and having to finish each mini collection quickly in order to keep up with the seasons’ changes. I am learning to accept my many failures and trying to catch the ones that work before I kill them or bin them. The hardest thing for me as an artist is finding the discipline to let paint dry before re-working and to not push into wet paint which can so quickly kill any sense of light and life.’
Susie has a BA Hons Fine Art Painting degree from St Martins School of Art and a MA in Fine Art and PGCE from Brighton Art School. She will be exhibiting her work in the hotel’s reception and atrium gallery. The exhibition is free and will be open every day from 9 am to 9 pm with full disabled access. The art is for sale and can be purchased via reception and collected at the end of the exhibition. For any queries, or to sign up to our six-weekly arts e-newsletter, please contact the art curator via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlotta Luke – Southover Grange
Over the last nine months, Carlotta Luke has been photographing the restoration of Southover Grange, a historic Tudor manor in the centre of Lewes. East Sussex County Council is restoring the Grange so that it can become the county’s flag-ship register office for weddings, ceremonies and other life events in summer 2017. Carlotta has covered a wide range of subjects during her photographic career, including architecture, reportage, people and more. For the past six years she has been documenting the renovation of old and listed buildings in Sussex, creating visual narratives that tell the stories of the sites through the process of their transformations. Carlotta’s work will be on display in the hotel’s bar.
The exhibition will be open every day from 9 am to 9pm. The exhibition is free with full disabled access. The art is for sale and can be purchased via reception and collected at the end of the exhibition. For any queries, or to sign up to our six-weekly arts e-newsletter, please contact the art curator via email@example.com.
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