Many people have admired Rafael’s scluptures in the garden and he has brought two additional magnificent pieces for the final weekend’s show. These pieces are large, powerful and spiritually vocal. Stand in front of them for a minute or two and your sense of what is real begins to change – you feel that your ancestors […]
Gorka Zabaleta hails from the Basque region of Spain. Woven into the fabric of everyday life of the Basque people are the moods and power of the sea. As with all sea-going people, the sea is both loved and feared. In his powerful painting we see the bones of a wrecked ship and fear that […]
The West Hove Trail is one of the most dynamic of all of the trails in the Artists Open House Festival. Last year the winning house and one of the two runners-up were from our trail! Representatives of the West Hove Trail have developed a way for each member to see all the other houses. During […]
Eider is a talented artist in many ways, often working with her brother Gorka. They sing together and share an artistic life. Her drawings are confident and revealing pieces that draw their life force from a unbreakable love of the Basque region. In many places of the world it seems that distinctive cultures are vanishing but this is not […]
Many of the great comments about Encounters’ 2015 artists have mentioned Rafael Berrio’s wood carvings in the garden, especially number 16! So, here it is! It’s a modern piece but connected to the soul of the land. It seems to belong to the time when people believed that the Earth was alive and needed different […]
Miladys Parejo is showing the latest iteration of an installation that has mutated and sought liberation over the past four years. Her tree has stretched itself in new ways and it has entered the digital world. It is both present – the coils lay around our feet – but its image comes to us through digital transmission which enables […]
Naomi Márquez is more than 80 years young and still working on her ceramics in Caracas, Venezuela. This year Encounters has give over an entire room to show three pieces of her work and photographs of her, a film in which she talks about her life and work and a kiln in which works are transformed. […]
Patricia Davenport is an established artist who has always been interested in the primitive in nature. At one time she produced huge, abstract canvases that often contained references to ancient symbols and signs. There were creaded with a mixture of materials, natural pigments and objets trove – like pieces of gold from women’s fabrics in […]
South Korean Artist il-yong Kim has fascinated many visitors this year. His ‘lifecasts’ are directly taken from life, with all of its beauty and (some would say) uglyness but these casts have a strange beauty in themselves. Moments of truth are captured and they become frozen – speaking to us from a time and place […]
Steve Andrews is a Community Participation Worker for the Trust for Developing Communities. Steve has organised special visits to Encounters outside of our normal opening hours so that the wide variety of different artists’ work could be seen and discussed in a relaxed way.
Whilst Edgar was visiting Encounters earlier this month he kindly agreed to make a short video about himself and his work. You can see the paintings that he is discussing in his video in our Open House.
Recently Gaudi Este’s body of work was given its own exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art in Bogata. Her horses were too big to put in her suitcase! – but one of her sculptures of a dog is here as are two magnificant bronze statuettes. But, most importantly Gaudi is with us and, in […]
One of the great benefits of Encounters is that artists come to visit and they share their experience, artistic journeys and techniques. New for Encounters artists from South Korea came for the Opening Weekend of this year’s AOH and there were many discussions as they mingled with other artists. In the photograph below there is Mr […]