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Trevor Price at Iona House Gallery

April 25, 2021
Gentle woodland study by Trevor Price at Iona House Gallery

Spring Exhibition 2021

Trevor Price is exhibiting a new collection of intricately detailed handmade and hand printed drypoint and engraved relief prints as well as exquisite watercolour studies of the natural world. The extra-ordinary detailed and painstaking nature of his creative process, which focuses attention on line and form, allows the viewer to stop and draw breath as they take in the mark making and abstraction within these compositions and then step back and see the landscapes form in almost photographic detail. Trevor uses a polycarbonate 2mm sheet which he carves and scrapes into with a drypoint needle and dremmel to create the web of marks and incisions that form the image plate. He then inks the plate and sends it through an etching press with damp paper to produce the print.

Monochrome study of trees and woodland foliage by Trevor Price at Iona House Gallery

The process is both time consuming and unforgiving should a mistake occur. It speaks of patience and meticulous attention to detail and an investment of time and creative energy. It is a slow, meditative process of creation that changes your breathing patterns and requires an inner stillness and relationship with the medium and the subject matter, plus a keen eye for observation as fingers interpret what the eye sees and balance light, form and pattern to create a harmonious composition.Like so many of us during the last year, Trevor is drawn to nature and quiet spaces and takes inspiration from natural forms and patterns; whether that be the dappled light falling on tree trunks and the floor of a beech wood or shifting currents and glinting light on moving water as the storm waves rush to shore.

Dramatic wave study by Trevor Price at Iona House Gallery

The monochromatic colouration of the works suggest a sense of nostalgia, like sepia photographs which capture a moment in time; a deep connection with the rhythms of the Earth and ever-changing seasons and our desire to be still in the moment and experience it before it is lost to us forever.


Iona House Gallery: Winter Exhibition 23rd January – 28th February 2021

January 27, 2021

 ‘The Snowdrop and the Primrose our woodlands adorn and violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn’ Robert Burns

Delicate snowdrops in mixed media by Anna Perlin at Iona House Gallery

Anna Perlin ‘Snowdrops’ mixed media 15x15cm – Art and Artists – Iona House Gallery

Snowdrops are a symbol of hope in the darkness of midwinter. Associated with the festival of Candlemas in early February and named ‘Candlemas Bells’ for their purity, they are also linked to the ancient Celtic celebration of Imbolc. The snowdrops arrive at the turning point of the year when winter starts to give way to the spring and the promise of new life quickens in the earth as lambing season begins. 

We have never needed the symbol of the snowdrop more than now as we battle the challenges of this particular winter and endure another lockdown through the worst of the winter. 

Art is a powerful tool for expressing hope and our Winter Exhibition brings together a collection of art which aims to throw off the bleak midwinter and let in the light.

Magnolia blooms against a blue sky by Anna Perlin at Iona House Gallery

Anna Perlin ‘Magnolia’ mixed media 76x60cm – Art and Artists – Iona House Gallery

Anna Perlin’s delicate spring flowers and studies of blossom trees are quintessentially English. They capture the promise of a world waking up from its long dormant sleep and bursting into colour and life once more. The first flowers must weather floods and frost but they are tenacious and refuse to be beaten down by the winter storms. They endure and return year after year despite the struggle to survive.

Scintillating light on water and moored boats by Mike Hall at Iona House Gallery

Mike Hall ‘View of Mooring’ acrylic on board 36x30cm – Art and Artists – Iona House Gallery

Remember the warmth of the sun on your skin and glittering light on water? Mike Hall’s lucid paintings of France take you far away from the gloom of January to a world of open windows and soft breezes, relaxation and the simple contentment of sitting outdoors in a chair in the sunshine.

Birds and flowers in soft green tones by Este MacLeod at Iona House Gallery

Celebrate the joy of birdsong in the hedgerows and the complex patterns woven as sunlight filters through branches and flowers peep out between the leaves. Este’s work seems to glow with an inner warmth and to embody the qualities of poetry in her subtle layering of imagery and hidden forms.

Soft dappled light on water by Pete Gilbert at Iona House Gallery

Pete Gilbert ‘Riverbank Reflections’ acrylic 56x50cm – Art and Artists – Iona House Gallery

Stand, for a moment, by still water and watch the reflections of blossom trees in the cool surface. Pete Gilbert’s scintillating studies of the natural world seem to dance with light and gentle beauty. Inspired by the gorgeous landscape of his beloved New Forest, his work encapsulates the timelessness of this ancient corner of England.

Creativity is an act of hope because it invests in the future and gives permanent life to a moment in time or to something that we hold dear. Unlike the delicate snowdrops which bloom and fade back into the earth, art is a permanent record of beauty which allows the viewer to re-live many times over the pleasure of a particular experience; the light on a specific day, the little bubble of joy that rises when the sun comes out from behind a cloud and lifts our mood or a sense of a deep connection with nature.

We hope that you find joy in our collection and that art gives you hope in the weeks ahead. Spring will come again!

From the team at Iona House Gallery.

Winter Exhibition 23rd January – 28th February 2021 – Art and Artists – Iona House Gallery

Blog post by Katherine Newman