The exhibition ‘Paint and Clay Three’ opened on Saturday 27th March. The exhibition features work from five artists and ceramicists that have all studied at the Bristol School of Art. Two of the artists featured are mother and daughter – Barbara Chubb and Judith Chubb-Whittle. I spoke to them about their work, the exhibition and what it’s like to show their art together.
Judith has been working with the artist Barry Paine for the past few years, and this is her first exhibition. Living in Chew Valley, she explains the significance of landscapes throughout her life, work, and in her paintings. Her pieces often present sweeping countryside scenes, incorporating striking colours and iconic British wildlife.
While many of her paintings evoke a sense of calm and serenity, Judith describes her work as containing lots of “hidden emotion”. The range of this emotion is also notable – one piece captures the place that she goes for her daily walk with her dog, whist another depicts locations involved in the Battle of the Somme, in which Judith’s grandfather fought.
Barbara highlighted how lovely it is to exhibit with her daughter, having encouraged Judith to get started too. Barbara has been painting since her childhood – “it keeps me out of mischief!” – since her father first taught her the basics at the kitchen table. She paints mainly with oils (although there is one acrylic piece in the exhibit), taking inspiration from the natural world, especially seas and fields. Barbara’s paintings are full of energy and movement, portraying dramatic skies and the essence of the different seasons.
I asked both Judith and Barbara whether they had any tips for people who would like to try art for the first time. Both emphasise how important it is to just pick up your paintbrush or pencil and have a go. Judith explains that “you don’t have to do it one certain way. You work out what’s right and wrong for you over time”. Barbara also offers encouragement for new artists – ”just keep going and don’t be afraid” – as well as an extremely useful practical tip, to “mind your carpets!”
The exhibition is on until Saturday 20th April, so be sure to get down to the Guild Gallery to catch it! To find out more about the exhibition, please visit www.bristolguildgallery.co.uk Photos of the exhibition are also available on Mireya Gonzales’s website, at https://mgonzalezphotography.smugmug.com/Exhibition-Opening/
Article by BWV Reporter Laura Hillier