Exhibition by Paul Butler

Posted by Tenby Museum on Jun 5, 2017 Blog No Comments

The current art exhibition at the museum is On The Edge of the Ocean by Paul Butler.

The exhibition resulted from a series of artist residencies that Paul undertook at the museum over the period of a year.  Paul says of the work on show, “My overwhelming feeling about Tenby is that it is an elemental place, dominated by great rocks and huge beaches; the ‘Little Fortress of the Fish’ on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, it’s cliffs and harbour shielding the kids as they play with their inflatable sharks and plastic toys.

The edge of the ocean, where sea, land and sky meet, is a spectacle of the sublime, a space of beauty where the gentle collides with the violent. It is a place of extreme safety, but also extreme danger – the sun and laughter blown away by gales and driving drizzle that blast down the south beach and batter the little town, the great breakers scouring out the beach, leaving no trace of the sandcastles we made yesterday.

So the paintings are about these contradictions – between cold rock and warm bodies – between the ephemeral and the sublime. I celebrate the people as I encounter them, but perhaps fear for their vulnerability – trapped as they are between a rock and a soft place – between the cliff and the deep blue sea.”

This wonderfully vivid and colourful sales exhibition runs until Sunday 25 June.  The museum is open daily, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)