Hastings Battleaxe visits Paul Feiler at the Jerwood - and pops into the Arts Forum....
The Paul Feiler exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery has been running for a while, but Battleaxe has been a little busy... Then yesterday on my way back from London I met up with Philosopher at the Arts Forum, where he was attending the Private View of an exhibition by one of his Jerwood friends, artist Jennifer Baird.
|Paul Feiler, Chrome and Lemon 1956. All photos from the internet.|
During his long life, he developed his painting style from early figurative work, through the style of abstract shown at the top, to paintings like this. I think you can see the influence of Peter Lanyon in the first one.....
|Two paintings of Porthleddon, Cape Cornwall|
Feiler's later work changed again - became very Rothko-like. According to Philosopher, they are very popular with visitors to the gallery, and I can see why they like them. For me.... not so much. Here is an example. The exhibition is definiotely worth a visit - Battleaxe recommends.
So, yesterday I had an enjoyable day in London with my old friend Pete, who had come down from Birmingham. We spent our time sitting in the cafe in Russell Square - it was a beautiful day.
I got off the train at Warrior Sqaure and went along to the Arts Forum. Jennifer Baird is a vibrant, wonderful woman who spent many years living as a recluse in the rainforests of Tobago - her work reflects this, and also her deep commitment to Tibetan Buddism. The exhibition - 'The Enchantment Aesthetic' took her four years to put together, and represents an incredible body of work. It is colourful and uplifting - as vibrant as the artist herself.
|Jennifer in her studio - from the catalogue|
To finish up - here's Russell Square - I said it looked lovely......