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COLIN ORCHARD Jane's Studio_ _ for NC homepage

Of the many tools at an artist’s disposal, strength of composition must surely be the most important. Without first class composition, even the most skilfully painted canvas, or powerfully constructed sculpture will fail to reach its full potential, and interestingly, any artwork can be pared down to the bare minimum providing its composition remains flawless. (See Donald Judd and other leading minimalists for irrefutable evidence of this!)

This October our Colin Orchard exhibition, which celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday, is a masterclass in compositional punch. And that’s no surprise: Colin spent much of his career as a layout artist for The Times newspaper, and was later Art Director for Letraset International, so clarity of composition and slick, suspenseful use of space are in his creative DNA.

Colin will also tell you that he has a preference for square format works, since the purity of the square maximises compositional power. In his work, less is more – so much more – than you will see in the work of his contemporaries. Subject, which in this collection includes landscapes and scenes of women in studio interiors, is irrelevant to compositional considerations. Composition is an art form all of its own.

But what if your artwork area is not as large, your format not as flexible as the endless range of dimensions afforded by canvas? What if exquisite detail and fine craftsmanship need to be contained within the edges of a tiny box? Or in a piece small enough to pin to your lapel?

Alongside Colin’s work this month, you can see a towering talent for miniature composition in the beautiful work of jeweller and metalsmith Cornelius Jakob Van Dop. Each of Van Dop’s works is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, yet within every piece you will see a perfect balance of space and subject. Each of his works, either by way of detail or, in the case of his single entity brooches, by omission, tells a story of wild nature, moonlit nights and our countryside’s rich abundance of small creatures.

Bee and butterfly brooches rest lightly in perfect equilibrium, and boxes detailed with wide fields full of summer flowers and buzzing insects are as focused and composed as any painting.

Colin Orchard at 80, with Cornelius Jakob Van Dop is on show from 10th to 31st October.

Images – Top: Jane’s Studio, oil on board, Colin Orchard | Bottom: Moths and Crescent Moon, Cornelius Jakob Van Dop

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03_Taking Tea_35 x 35cmThe year is drawing to an end here in Cornwall. The September Festival is over and as St Ives winds down for a winter of purple skies and rolling green ocean we are settling in and setting up for our fabulous end of year shows. It’s a pretty cathartic time for us here at NC as we take stock of a busy year and make plans for our 2014 season, with the Hot Pod fired up and hot chocolates (courtesy of Fore Street’s Yellow Canary Café) in hand.

On show now until mid November is an outstanding collection of work by acclaimed painter and member of the Royal Society of British Artists Colin Orchard. Orchard’s highly contemporary work is strongly influenced by Impressionist painter Walter Sickert and Jean-Edouard Vuillard, an original member of the Nabis, together with Bonnard and Roussel, and we’re feeling quite continental here on our beautiful gallery space amongst Orchard’s stylish portraits and European landscapes.

The twist in these Impressionist style works is their subtly contemporary content: look past the parasols, posed couples and shady plane trees and you’ll see the hoodie, the traffic light, the military checkpoint. Orchard’s collection of fictitious portraits in imaginary settings and paintings of Venice, Cornwall, London and Suffolk are an inspired combination of 21st Century subject matter and fin-de-siecle painting.  Set against Joanna Wason’s Mycean inspired sculpture, they make a perfect – and perfectly tranquil autumn show.

Next month we’ll be picking up the pace again with the indulgent drama of installation artist Rebecca McDonalds Under The Wild Stars exhibition, which will see the New Craftsman transformed into a winter wonderland of frozen mountains and wild creatures. There will also be a collection of drawings by Samuel Winterbourn. We cant wait for the sparkle and fizz of the December Private View! And we’re delighted at the prospect of spending Christmas in the high romantic mountains, without even leaving NC.

COLIN ORCHARD : IN TIME AND PLACE runs until 16th November.

double image copyUNDER THE WILD STARS will be on show from 5th Dec to 10th Jan.

For more information go to www.newcraftsmanstives.com