Drawn From The Edge opens

Posted by Tenby Museum on Feb 11, 2020 Blog, Exhibitions No Comments

The new art exhibition Drawn From The Edge by Mick Armson was officially opened at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 8 February.

Mick’s friend, Clare Smith officially opened the exhibition saying, “The exhibition is incredible and I am overwhelmed by it. I have known Mick since 1963 where we met as children on the beach in Tenby. We have lots of past connections and family and friends. Mick is hardworking, thorough, thoughtful, he takes his time, analyses, revisits, ponders and makes plans – and that’s just for the washing up! His admirable attributes are constantly evident in his work. he works in situ, sitting for hours sketching – the peripheral details such as the colour and strata of rocks, the foliage, the expression on the faces of birds, make his work so special. He has an intimate relationship with the landscape that makes his work so evocative.”

Over the last thirty years Mick has explored the “seemingly endless visual wonder” of the Pembrokeshire Coast through drawing, painting and printmaking and has long wanted to exhibit at Tenby Museum.

Drawn From The Edge includes drawings, paintings and original prints, inspired by land meeting water. This ranges from the natural landscape where bodies of water sculpt the land, relatively unaffected by direct human touch – to cityscapes, harbours and coastal development where the existence of sea, river or lake has been the prime reason for shores and banks to be utilised for human settlement, trade and industry.

Mick’s drawings and paintings are all made on location. He shows these alongside his lino prints, etchings and monotypes, “as they all inform each other”.

“In the landscape, having decided on composition, I initially work quite quickly and spontaneously with broad areas of colour. I then work on top of that with ink or pencil, followed by more concentrated colour work and further linear work and so on. So the image builds up in layers of refinement, which relates closely to the process of printmaking”.

This sales exhibition shows more than 70 of Mick’s works and runs until 7 March.

(L-R) Curator Mark Lewis, Clare Smith and artist Mick Armson