Gallery where artists can feel at home

November 04 2017
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A NEW exhibition opened this week at the Andelli Art gallery at South Horrington.

The paintings and constructions by Penzance-based artist Morag Ballard are on display until November 18.

Andelli Art is run by Ellie Jones and the gallery is situated within her home, formerly part of Mendip Hospital.

She said of this latest exhibition: “Morag’s paintings are truly striking, and we are thrilled to have her showing at our gallery.

“The work juxtaposes geometric and linear elements, with clever manipulations of colour that suggest three-dimensional qualities. Her characteristic precision and lightness of touch explores relationships between implied spaces using architectural inspired forms.”

The gallery showcases British and European, 20th century and contemporary art, including work by regional artists.

“The idea for setting up a gallery at home was to offer a more intimate and informal setting to look at art. It also enables potential buyers to more easily visualise how an artwork will look in a domestic setting,” said Ellie.

“We have a dedicated gallery space used to showcase the work of artists that we love, as well as putting on ‘themed’ shows. For example, we hold a ‘Figures & Faces’ show once a year, and that combines contemporary and 20th century works for sale, alongside work from our private collection… although, occasionally, buyers have been known to persuade me to part with work that I’ve become attached to and hadn’t intended to sell.

“It’s important, for me, to have a gallery space that doesn’t feel too clinical, and I think that many of the contemporary artists that have shown with us appreciate that. A white-walled cube may work very well to show art in a purely commercial environment, but we like a bit of colour (as long as it’s grey). Other rooms, beyond the gallery, are far from minimalist and are full of curiosities that complement the art.

“There isn’t a particular style, or movement that unifies the works adorning our walls. Our premise for working with artists, and collecting, has been simple – we simply show art that we want to live with.”

The gallery is open from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.andelliart.com