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.

Lake District watercolours by Rick Thorpe

Here are some watercolour sketches done on a walking trip to the Western Lakes, Cumbria in October 2012. 

Art and the Lake District are made for each other! 

The weather was amazing and perfect for both walking and painting – not a drop of rain all week! A stunning location at any time of year, but particularly stunning in early autumn with the leaves starting to turn and the sun low in the sky. All very conducive from an artistic point of view.

Watercolour 10x6"

  1.  Buttermere Pines. This painting is approx 10×6″, and is available to buy for £75.00 (mounted but unframed)

Watercolour 10x7"

2. View from Catbells. This painting is approx 10×7″, and is available to buy for £75.00 (mounted but unframed)

photo by RT on self timer

just to prove I really was there!

Devon Art

Come and look at beautiful original paintings of Devon at Madryn Studio. You will see works by Richard Thorpe and other artists displayed on the walls of this lovely gallery in Combeinteignhead, within easy reach Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Torbay.

An excellent framing service is also available, the cheapest around. So bring your cherished photo, child’s art, holiday memento, certificate, drawing, postcard, painting etc etc and have it enhanced with a new frame.

Professional and friendly advice is on hand, so don’t worry if you haven’t a clue what kind of frame you are looking for – there are lots of samples to see here. And make a day of it by ‘doing lunch’ at either the Wild Goose in the village or Coombe Cellars on the river, both within easy staggering distance.

A warm welcome awaits you at Madryn!


Madryn Studio now has a half-price sale of sixteen beautifully framed Klimt prints. The subjects include some of his landscapes of the Austrian Lake District where Gustav Klimt spent his summers, as well as some of his most famous portraits, including Adele Bloch-Bouer and Fritza Riedler.  There are also two prints on canvas – The Kiss and Mother and Child – which are also half the normal price.

Example – The Kiss (20×20″ canvass giclee print) was £49 – now only £24.50!

The Kiss

So – hurry on down to Combeinteignhead if you are a” klimtomaniac” and you want to snap up a bargain!! There are a number of other other prints also reduced to half price.

“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. 

Custom-built frames at affordable prices!

A cherished home-made birthday card, old family photograph, holiday souvenir, a child’s painting from primary school………there are so many meaningful images that lie unappreciated at the back of a cupboard or drawer when they should be gracing a wall, enhanced by a professional framing job.

Dig it out and bring it along to discuss the various framing possibilities. With many different samples of mountboards and mouldings to choose from, Madryn Studio is here to bring pictures back to life, without having to take out a mortgage to do so! Bring that long-forgotten picture along, and you may well be pleasantly surprised at the results!