Studio91a Exhibition at Fargo, Coventry

Two weeks ago I visited a new gallery space in the ‘Fargo’ urban development in Far Gosford St. in Coventry.

This truly inclusive ‘Studio 91a’ exhibition was curated by artists Simon Britton and Marta Firkowska, whose studio is the focus of a circle of friends, family, artists and students who share a common love of art.

Diversity of Studio91a show

Diversity of Studio91a show

 

 

The diversity of their work is quite remarkable: satire, social commentary, work from memory and observation, semi-abstraction and total abstraction.

Simon Britton 'To Move in a Direction'

Simon Britton ‘To Move in a Direction’

 

 

Simon and Marta chose some of their own works as object lessons for the group to consider, including Simon’s early multi-media piece, “To Move In a Direction”, which contrasts with one of his highly finished portrait drawings, also on display.

Marta Firkovska 'Devonshire Landscape'

Marta Firkowska ‘Devonshire Landscape’

 

 

 

Marta shows a somber ‘Devonshire Landscape’ , a very dark ‘Self Portrait’, and highly coloured abstractions

 

 

This painting is one of a series of abstracts painted by Ron Clarke.

This painting is one of a series of abstracts painted by Ron Clarke.

 

 

Ron Clarke paints gestural abstractions in low-key colours.

 

 

Colin Dick shows paintings of Roma families he has known, drawn and painted for decades.

This painting has documentary value as a record of a changing way of life.

This painting has documentary value as a record of a changing way of life.

A striking innovation of this show is the use of wall-fixed 15cm high boxes to display small sculptures in their own niches. Alan Satchwell showed a family group in one, and Simon shows small portraits-in-progress in two others.

Left: Alan Satchwell, centre and right, Simon Britton.

Left: Alan Satchwell, centre and right, Simon Britton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Satchwell's  Folk Singer, Mother and Child, Sheep,Greek Island

Alan Satchwell’s Folk Singer, Mother and Child, Sheep,Greek Island

Alan Satchwell is an adventurous experimenter in Watercolour, ceramics and collage. One particularly ambitious piece sets outcrops of Greek islands against a royal blue sea/sky.

Elspeth Whiston's 'Hen Night'

Elspeth Whiston’s ‘Hen Night’

Social satire, mentioned above, features in the work of 0f Elspeth Whiston.

It seems the main thread that binds these artists together is friendship: both Ron Clarke and Alan Satchwell have modeled for a series of sculptural studies by Simon Britton.

Henry Britton, Self PortraitAnother link is family. Henry Britton’s precocious ‘A’ Level self portrait already demonstrates the qualities of craftsmanship that later blossomed in his profession of violin maker.

 

Will Britton 'State of Mind no. 1'

Will Britton ‘State of Mind no. 1′

 

 

Will Britton’s visually dynamic ‘State of Mind’ series play with figure and ground puzzles and colour fatigue pyrotechnics.

 

 

 

Helena Firkovska Polish LandscapesMovingly, Marta includes a pair of landscapes of remembered images of Poland by her late mother Helena Firkowska.

The exhibition continues to the end of September.

 

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