Jersey Museum & Art Gallery - Merchant's House
The Link Gallery at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Merchants House
The Link Gallery is located at Jersey Museum and Art Gallery and is an exhibition space betweeen Jersey Museum to the Société Jersiaise. Each month, the gallery features an exhibition by a different Jersey artist, providing local artists with a central space in St Helier to showcase their work.
As part of the Skipton Arts Series, Jersey Heritage will be offering the space to the Jersey Arts Trust for a Summer Take Over in May, June and July.
The Link Gallery is sponsored by Skipton International.
The Link Gallery is free for Jersey Heritage members and non members.
Looking towards France
These small watercolours were in part inspired by the so-called “unpainted pictures” of the German Expressionist Emil Nolde, who produced small watercolours and gouaches for the benefit of trusted friends when his work had been banned by the Nazis. The subjects of this exhibition vary : views of the French coast, flowers from my garden, and the inter-tidal zone between Icho and Seymour Towers. The last of these is a fascinating challenge to paint, as everything is in flux: the sky, and also the shapes of rocks sand bars as they are altered by the movement of the tides.
John explains his work: "I'm an amateur artist and I've been painting and drawing all my life. I paint using acrylics or watercolour, and I'm handy with pencils, charcoals, pastels and inks. I work from sketches, my own photos and images taken from the print media. I'm happiest with figurative and narrative subjects, although I do enjoy going out with a sketch book, sitting on a bench, and then working the drawing up to something that can maybe be put into a frame.
This will be my first exhibition and I know that the works won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I did enjoy doing them – when I pick up a paint brush or pencil I’m immediately on holiday."
Nicola Lucas is Birmingham born artist living in Jersey Channel Islands since 1992, originally specialising in textile design for print and fashion. Nicola has exhibited at Jersey Museum, The CCA Gallery, Smiths Gallery - Covent Garden, international textile design fairs in both London and Germany and as part of Branchage and the Jersey Arts Trust Open Studios. She is known mainly for her powerful images of winter trees.
'As a textile designer I am primarily interested in shape, pattern and texture. My work is a reflection of these influences, and a continuation from the monochrome tree theme from my last exhibition in 2013 ‘Silhouette - Wood for the Trees’ - using pen, ink and wash on textured paper. I am inspired by patterns in nature, particularly the dramatic, windswept treescapes of Jersey in the Winter light.
Chantal Venton & P.J. Thomson