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  ALPHONSE MUCHA: IN QUEST OF BEAUTY
1 April to 27 September 2015
Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
 
  Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style explored feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. The opulent aesthetic of the Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for Alphonse Mucha’s iconic imagery of beauty, fantasy and elegance.  
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Artists
Click here to see a selection of local artists living within a 15 mile radius of Lymington.
Paul Critchley
John Bird
Melvyn Gates
Stephen Lees
Stewart Mechem
Jane Pitt-Pitts
 
Local Art Groups
  Lymington Arts Group
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Lymington
 
  Lymington Palette Club
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Lymington
 
  New Forest Art Society
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Lyndhurst
 
  The Woolanders
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Burley
 
  Christchurch Arts Guild
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Christchurch
 
  Isle of Wight Arts
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Isle of Wight
 
 
Local Art Exhibitions
• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
New Forest: Ponds, Puddles and Paths
17 January to 28 February 2015
Artist Pete Gilbert and photographer Hugh Lohan have collaborated to create this unique exhibition. Gilbert found that moving to the New Forest rekindled a passion for painting landscapes. Working outdoors to capture the immediacy of the moment with pastels and watercolour, he then finishes those sketches in the studio or uses them as reference for larger canvases in oil or acrylic. Despite working in the moment, his paintings try to capture more than a snapshot: "I want to FEEL the landscape". An alternative take on the subject is provided by Hugh Lohan's timeless and naturalistic photographs.
The Royal Society Of Marine Artists
7 March to 18 April 2015
The Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) is the focal point for much of Britain's finest marine art and many of the country's leading marine artists. Their last exhibition at St. Barbe in 2003, was received with great enthusiasm by our visitors. Members' work is generally representational, but styles, subject matter and medium vary enormously. Some artists specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels. The unifying factor is that the sea is always the main source of inspiration.
An English Idyll: Paintings & Prints By Leslie Moffat Ward
25 April - 6 June
This exhibition of paintings and prints by Leslie Moffat Ward (1888-1978) reveals a vanished England of bustling wharfs, ramshackle buildings and tranquil countryside. Ward spent most of his life in Bournemouth, where he studied and then taught art. He was a leading member of the Bournemouth Arts Club and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and exhibited at the Royal Academy. Ward travelled widely but returned again and again to the area around Poole and Bournemouth for his subject matter. This exhibition will feature many rarely seen works on loan from private collections as well as paintings and prints from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Ward was working from the 1910s to the 1950s and captured a disappearing world. This will be a treat for devotees of fine prints and lovers of the English landscape.
 
• Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
Dangerous Women! From Kaufmann to Emin
17 October 2014 - 8 March 2015
Angelica Kauffman
Featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Russell-Cotes collection as well as national loans. The exhibition will explore the way in which women artists have reshaped the art world, against the odds, by challenging convention and expectation.
ALPHONSE MUCHA: IN QUEST OF BEAUTY
1 April to 27 September 2015
Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style explored feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. The opulent aesthetic of the Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for Alphonse Mucha’s iconic imagery of beauty, fantasy and elegance. In Quest of Beauty showcases key aspects of Mucha’s work in three sections: ‘Women – Icons and Muses’ features his earlier commercial work and includes Gismonda (1894), portraying his muse actress Sarah Bernhardt, for whom he designed his very first poster. ‘Le Style Mucha – A Visual Language’ explores his change in approach following the advent of modernism with works such as Reverie (1897/8), pictured above. The final section ‘Beauty – The Power of Inspiration’ highlights his painting Song of Bohemia (1918) and explores the latter stages of his career as he moved back to Czech lands in 1910.
 
• Southampton City Art Gallery
The London Group in Southampton
14 November 2014 to 7 March 2015
Early morning up the main street into the rising sun. Gearrannan, Lewis, Scotland March 2013. Acrylic on board
The latest exhibition by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson. This exhibition sees him collaborating with 32 writers from a diverse range of backgrounds and results in a body of work that varies in scale from postcard-size pieces to large canvasses.
The Age of Sail
13 December – 15 April
Eugène Louis Boudin, Port d’Honfleur
This exhibition contains works by established marine painters such as Eugène Louis Boudin and Peter Monamy, as well as lesser known, local artists.
 
 
 
 
The main Art Galleries in the area
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum web
Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AA
See all of their 904 paintings
Housed in a beautiful Victorian villa on the cliff top over-looking Bournemouth beach.
The rooms inside are full of Victorian splendour housing an interesting collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and furniture.
 
Southampton City Art Gallery web
Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP
See all of their 1082 paintings
The gallery has a collection of over 3,500 works of art, spanning six centuries from the Renaissance to the present day. The Gallery is internationally renowned for its collection of contemporary works by British artists.
 
Paintings held by local museums
New Forest Museum See their paintings
Solent Sky Aviation Museum See their paintings
St Barbe Museum See their paintings
Kingston Lacy See their paintings
Poole Museum See their paintings
Red House Museum See their paintings
 
Art Lessons
The Solent Art School is run by Heather Jolliffe, who trained at the Royal Academy Schools of Art. There are weekly sessions in Lymington and Everton, as well as monthly workshops on life drawing, landscape and more.
 
Featured Gallery
  Coastal Gallery
 
  Coastal Gallery have just launched a new web site www.coastal-gallery.co.uk and can now be followed on twitter @coastal_gallery and Facebook! The gallery has many new arrivals from artists, photographers, sculptors and designers - both local and international.  
   
  'Pier' by artist Biddy Hodgkinson
 
 
Art Galleries (shops)
Robert Perera Fine Art web
19 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NB
Robert Perera Fine Art has over two hundred pictures on display in the gallery, with paintings ranging from £50-£50,000. Subjects including marine, landscape and wildlife paintings in oil and watercolour and also traditional original prints in etching and woodblock.
 
Stephen Lees web
2 Quay Street, Lymington SO41 3AS
Stephen paintings are abstract, brightly coloured and uncomplicated. He uses acrylic paints and applies them using a palette knife and just like French artists he actually works in his shop.
 
Carlsens Fine Art web
8 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NA
The owner Dimitris Carlsen displays 21 local artists in the shop, the most famous being top equine artist Rosemary Sarah Welch. There are many local pictures with scenes from the New Forest and the Solent.
 
Coastal Gallery web
4 Southampton Rd, Lymington SO41 9GG
In addition to changing exhibitions, Coastal Gallery features an exciting collection of contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Many of the pieces are inspired by the coast and the forest, created by artists, crafts people and designers who live and work in the local area.
 
Beaulieu Fine Arts web
High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA
The five gallery rooms house work from contemporary artists with the displays constantly changing as new art arrives. Framing is done on the premises and advice is on hand to help choose from the wide selection of frame mouldings and mountboard.
 
Hatch Gallery web
7A Church Street, Christchurch BH23 1BW
Situated close to the Priory, Hatch specialises in British Contemporary Art, Ceramics, handmade jewellery and some driftwood furniture. The gallery has recently moved here from Kent and therefore has a wide range of artists exhibiting both from Kent and the West Country.
 
Lyndhurst Gallery web
68 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BJ
Lyndhurst Gallery opened in summer 2010 and offers a selection of contemporary original paintings and limited editions by established British artists. Prices range from £100 to around £3000.