Island’s Edge by Pamela Scott Wilkie

Posted by Tenby Museum on Jul 4, 2019 Blog, Exhibition Archive No Comments

The new art exhibition, Island’s Edge by Pamela Scott Wilkie, will be opening to the public at the museum on Saturday 6 July, with the official opening to take place on Saturday 13 July.

Pamela, who had a solo show at the museum in 2008, is a British painter and printmaker.  After training at the University of Reading, she worked in the USA where she discovered screen printing.  She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally and is committed to community creative arts programmes, as well as having curated a series of exhibitions for Arts Council England.  Her work features in many public collections including the V&A Museum, the Australian National Library, The IKON Gallery, The Rijksmuseum, The Hague and Tenby Museum.

In her statement for this show, Pamela states, “These pictures are about standing on the shore looking out to sea, designed to be reminders indoors of how it feels to be outside and in the open air. I am intrigued by how being in spaces like these can affect frames of mind, how when life seems complex they offer room to breathe, an how their ever-changing drama and being so in touch with the elements can be reinvigorating.

All being exhibited here are inspired by my own experience, many by the Welsh coastline.   Back in my city studio I take some of the sketches I’ve made on the spot as well as photo notes on my phone, and work on them until each piece evokes a sense of place by reflecting its light and colour through graphic marks, the texture of paint or overlays of printing ink. Here the process starts with the magic drawing of a line across a flat sheet of paper or canvas, which can conjure up the wide expanse of a distant horizon as well as curiosity about what lies beyond.

The rhythm of the cyclical ebb and flow of the tide is a loose structural thread, which connects the larger canvases by the way in which they are hung.

I’ve been coming to Wales as a visitor for many years to enjoy holidays with my family and spend time with friends, as well as on my own to search for ideas, so I’m particularly pleased to have the opportunity of exhibiting this work in this very special gallery, some of it for the first time.”

The exhibition runs until 18 August.