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january 2019

26jan(jan 26)10:00 am10mar(mar 10)4:30 pmTidalNew Exhibition at Sladers Yard


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Tidal: new paintings by Anthony Garratt, wood carvings by David West and furniture by Petter Southall

Saturday 26 January to Sunday 10 March 2019

The new exhibition at Sladers Yard brings together three artists whose work responds to tidal water in very different but complementary ways, each one thrilling and utterly original.

Anthony Garratt is an experimental painter of landscape. His paintings of Dartmoor
and the Devon coast in this exhibition show his love of running and tidal water within
the landscape. Since he and his young family moved to Dartmoor, Anthony’s
engagement with this wild landscape and the visible traces of its long history speaks in
these dynamic paintings.

Often working outdoors, he is at the mercy of the elements which are liable to wash
away his paint and radically change his painting, however this is part of the story of the
work for him. As Mary Myers put it in Country Life, ‘Anthony Garratt has taken en plein
air painting to a new extreme. Happiest when the weather is wild, he regards the
unpredictable effects of the elements as central to his work.’ Increasingly he is
exploring the human, both political and emotional, within the landscapes he paints,
alongside the nature of the paint itself. In Dartmoor, as on Snowdon, there is much
evidence of abandoned human efforts and these draw Garratt’s fascination. He is
interested in landscapes that emphasise the vulnerability of man. ‘Perhaps I regard
adversity as a form of beauty. There is beauty in the knowledge that humans are not
all-powerful and in control of the planet. We are at the mercy of it. If my paintings are
able to communicate that beauty, perhaps that is what I am striving for.’

David West’s extraordinary talents both as a wood carver and as a painter seem to
have realised a visionary peacefulness and contemplative quality in his recent work.
Gilded carvings of the moon and of moonlight on the sea were the first signs of his
bringing the mystery and wonder he discovered on the Kumano Kodo pilgrim trail in
Japan in 2008 back to his own surroundings here in Dorset. A fascination with light on
the surface of water in all its many manifestations has followed. His most recent work
explores the shoreline, rock pools and tidal waters of the Dorset coast where the tide
comes in over flat layers of weathered rock. Some gilded, some painted, these almost
abstract rhythmic reliefs are unique and exceptional works of art.

Petter Southall has been making his distinctive furniture at his studio outside Bridport
since 1991. He makes his designs by hand using an innovative combination of boatbuilding
and fine cabinet-making techniques. He started working wood as a teenager
building traditional boats in his native Norway. That knowledge and love of
streamlined curved forms has stayed with him throughout his furniture-making career.
A highly original and confident designer in wood, Petter’s work is stunning to look at
and very pleasing to use. At Sladers Yard we keep a rotating exhibition of samples of
his work, some of which is for sale and some available to commission to your own

Sladers Yard Contemporary Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL
t: 01308 459511 e: Open: Mon to Sat 10am – 4.30 pm, Sundays 12 – 4.30 pm
All work can be viewed and bought on


January 26 (Saturday) 10:00 am - March 10 (Sunday) 4:30 pm


Sladers Yard, West Bay

Dorset, DT6 4EL


Sladers Yard01308 459511 Sladers Yard West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL

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