David Hockney and the Pre-Raphaelites

Unlikely bedfellows?

The new Christmas Exhibition at Madryn Studios combines two of this year’s major London exhibitions into one fascinating show, enabling those of us who were not able to make it to the Tate Britain and the Royal Academy to get a flavour of these important shows.

Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition of prints shows the Pre-Raphaelites to be advanced in their approach to painting. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood rebelled against the art establishment of the mid-nineteenth century, taking inspiration from early Renaissance painting.

The selection of David Hockney prints demonstrate s his long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. New work that dates from 2005 captures the beauty of the changing seasons, the cycle of growth and the journey that Hockney has taken through his beloved landscapes in Yorkshire.

This combination may sound like ‘unlikely bedfellows’, but the contrasts make interesting viewing. The strong tradition of exquisite English landscape painting is upheld, albeit in contrasting styles, yet in keeping with the different artistic times.

All prints are expertly mounted and framed and ready to purchase “off the wall”, and could well makes an interesting and original gift for someone. Prices are very reasonable.

This exhibition opens on Thursday 13th December at 6.00 – 8.00pm, all welcome. It will be open until Saturday 22nd December, and continue in January.

Madryn Studio is easy to find in the centre of the village of Combeinteignhead, five minutes from Pen Inn roundabout, Newton Abbot.

“Celebrating Devon”

A new art exhibition celebrating our unique environment here in this lovely corner of Devon is now open at Madryn Studio in Combeinteignhead.

Autumn Light by John Skinner (detail)

Owner Rick Thorpe, an artist himself, has put together a stunning show of paintings and prints which depict scenes from Devon, especially the area around the Teign estuary.

The exhibition, which will continue into the autumn, reflects the varied environment of hills, woodland, river and coastline. Sunlight streaming through trees or sparkling on the water are irresistible subjects of artistic inspiration, and you will find plenty to inspire you at this exhibition, whether you are looking to fill a space on a wall with a painting of a local scene, or ‘just looking ’.

Either way, come along and enjoy this special show, and if you have a picture that needs a frame, bring it with you.  Madryn Studio also provides an excellent and very reasonable made-to-measure framing service.

Down in Misty Vale (detail) by Richard Thorn

Exhibition ‘Celebrating Devon’ opens Saturday 1st September at 2pm, between 2 and 6pm.

Usual opening hours are Tuesday – Friday 9.30-5.30, and Saturday mornings. 

Klimt-in-teignhead

Birch Forest and The Kiss


The Summer Art Exhibition has now opened at Madryn Studio, the Art Gallery, studio and picture framer in the heart of the village of Combeinteignhead, which nestles in the glorious Devon valley between Shaldon and Newton Abbot (only a mile or two from the Pen Inn roundabout).

This year sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt, the Viennese master of the Art Nouveau style, his interpretation of which led him to become one of the world’s greatest decorative artists. To celebrate the work of this influential artist, gallery owner Richard Thorpe has assembled a stunning exhibition which showcases the full range of his talents, from portraits to landscapes, and most famously, of course, The Kiss. The prints are sympathetically framed to reflect the style of the era, and are all available to purchase at very reasonable prices. As well as the Klimt show, there is a wide selection of other prints and original paintings, many by Richard himself.  So – why not drop and visit one of Devon’s prettiest areas, have lunch at the pub – and don’t forget to bring along any pictures that need framing!

Madryn Studio is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday, and Saturday mornings from 10.00am till 1.00pm. Contact details: 01626 873748 theodorethorpe@gmail.com. Exhibition continues till 4th August 2012.