FineArt@ will see a rotating series of artists take up the mantle as artist in residence at Lympstone Manor throughout 2017, with a curated collection of art works on display within the hotel for guest’s appreciation. All featured works will be available to purchase, and each residency will kick off with a ticketed lunch and dinner event hosted by the artist, merging fine art with fine dining and enabling guests to learn more about each artist’s inspiration, techniques and body of work, in the beautiful setting of Lympstone Manor, over Michael Caines’ exquisite menu with paired wines.
Works by Kurt Jackson will be hung in the public areas of the hotel from 3rd April – 5th June 2017. Kurt is particularly fond of the River Exe, which has inspired a number of his works. He says, “The River Exe’s name is apparently derived from an early Celtic word for fish or a place abundant with fish. The idea that this river is bountiful and boasts a plethora of wildlife (since the fish are part of a web, a food chain) appeals to me, attracting me to the Exe to paint and draw. Over the last year or so, I have been exploring this watercourse, immersing myself in her charms, visiting and staying alongside her, in order to create a body of work about this beautiful part of Devon. The estuary has been a focal point for these paintings with its changing moods, huge tidal shifts and accompanying flocks of bird life. Copper waters, orange and pink shores, bright sunlight, dark reflected clouds, a skyline of jagged trees and a few passing boats, and always the soundtrack of the fluting, piping and whistling waders, ducks and geese.”
A second exhibition runs alongside Kurt Jackson “An Introduction” featuring the Lympstone Manor Artists in residence – Kurt Jackson, Jennifer Anderson, Bill Bate, Matthew Draper, Stewart Edmondson, Julie Ellis, Sam MacDonald, Michael Porter, Stephanie Rew, Nerine Tassie, Rachel Toll, Barry Wilson, Toby Wright with Sculptors Simon Gudgeon and Paul Harvey.