Joint exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Darren Yeadon and Heather Nixon

Posted by Tenby Museum on Aug 16, 2017 Blog, Exhibitions No Comments

The new art exhibition by sculptor Darren Yeadon and artist Heather Nixon opens to the public at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery tomorrow (Saturday 19 August).

Darren Yeadon’s work is inspired by what he calls “the brilliance of nature’s design.” Although he has had no formal art training he has honed his skills through early days in stonemasonry and quarrying, learning to understand the feel and form of various stone to develop “a unique, and above all, honest artistic style.”

Darren works in all types of stone, favouring both Whitby stone and Carrara marble, which he concludes is the best material for sculpting, “Michelangelo testified to this”. Some of Darren’s latest works on show at the museum are carved from this high quality white stone and includes examples of the ammonite, “a symbol of Whitby that goes with my childhood. The spiral shape is the natural pattern of growth and is a peculiar form that is somehow all around us, if not is us. Unending, ongoing and secure. Certainly the ammonite form I create has formed the basis for all my interpretations and abstract creativity.”

Heather Nixon trained in art schools in Cardiff and Berlin before living and working in Palestine for 7 years. She recognised a deep connection between Pembrokeshire and Palestine, “both sites of spiritual pilgrimage and great natural beauty, one free, one under occupation. My work developed to express a feeling of uncertainty amidst the vitality of a unique place.”

Heather has twenty works on display in this exhibition, the vibrant colours of the paintings working in perfect tandem with the white stone of Darren’s sculptures.   Heather says, “My current paintings have a dynamic movement, close to music/dance. My colours are seasonal, based on what I see through my studio window, the light, walking the coast path, rowing and kayaking. The landscape is predominantly air and water, sky and sea. The eye moves in one direction and on one level, whilst something else dramatically distracts, in the wind; counter actions taking place. Things fit which shouldn’t fit rationally but work through drawing and the arrangement of space and colour. Each painting is the sum of its parts and no more except how they each relate to each other. ..The fluidity of the watery medium of the paint mimics water flowing through sand to make fractal patterns. This is just one example of how painting from nature is evocative of emotion and life force; it is just pure joy, the joy of being alive, her in Pembrokeshire.”

This wonderful joint sales exhibition runs until Sunday 1 October.