Contemporary art in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:46 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

MODERN Botanicals is the first exhibition to be shown at Exmouth's new Pier Head Gallery. The group show features new work from local artists Derek Farndon and Evelyn Dewar and headlines new talent Thomas Genders, alongside established Devon artist Yvonne Coomber.

MODERN Botanicals is the first exhibition to be shown at Exmouth's new Pier Head Gallery. The group show features new work from local artists Derek Farndon and Evelyn Dewar and headlines new talent Thomas Genders, alongside established Devon artist Yvonne Coomber.

Thomas has recently returned to the UK having completed a series of large-scale commissions in Canada. His stunning flower studies are bold and experimental, his background in illustration and his love of painting working harmoniously to create intensely colourful canvases. Thomas claims 'nature and the outdoors never fail to please and inspire me'. His work is fresh and powerful; a celebration of springtime, colour and vitality.

Derek Farndon's abstract paintings 'reflect a lifelong fascination with the natural world and man's place in it. Intuitive experiences develop from the connections with ancient landscapes, of which Devon has many.' These responses are expressed as images with a contemporary approach, using vibrant colour systems and a variety of textures.

Inspired by colour, pattern and light, Evelyn Dewar creates paintings that are at times vibrant yet also capture the essence of her subject.

She has work in the public collection of the Palace of Westminster and private collections in the UK, USA, France, Spain and Hong Kong.

For anyone with a passion for nature, or indeed for contemporary painting, this is a show not to be missed!

Modern Botanicals, March 21 to April 21.

Private view on Thursday, March 20, at 7pm

Pier Head Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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