Detail from kinetic sculpture ‘Horse and Alter Ego – Shadowplay’ by Andie Clay
Detail from installation ‘Fires in the Mind’ by Dave Clay
Dave and I had always planned to have a joint exhibition called Chalk + Cheese. Sadly, it didn’t happen while he was alive, so I’m going for it now. It will showcase his installation and sculpture work and a range of my own mixed media work too. There’s also an opportunity for past students of Dave to participate digitally.
The exhibition will take place at The Corn Exchange Gallery in Cardigan from the 15th – 20th February 2021.
A painting that is very dear to my heart recently set off to her new home. Bought by a couple who were visiting Cardigan whilst walking the Ceredigion Coast Path, Free Spirit shows a horse enjoying being able to run freely, mane and tail flying, unencumbered from control by man.
The following piece was written when I first became aware of being drawn to horses, about ten years ago:
“Horsepower entrances me.
Their spirit, energy and essence are a constant draw.
To see horses running free with their lively fluid grace and majesty is an uplifting sight. When grazing on rugged exposed open moorland it is possible to observe in them a strong sense of inner ease and freedom of spirit.
Years spent absorbing and learning to ‘see’ them, not knowing how, why or what I had to say, have started to repay me. Seizing the challenge of drawing them from life, I have started on a journey – the resultant quick sketches barely able to achieve more than to grasp at their essence.
Back in my studio, using the power of mark and line it is this distillation of spirit that I strive to express and develop.”
A selection of new work is on its way to Suffolk including these two horses – Proud Stallion (top) and Calm Mare. To see them in their new setting pay a visit to Seapictures Gallery in Clare, Suffolk where Sarah and Alaric Pugh will give you a warm welcome.