Whishaw’s Experiences of Nature exhibition

September 3, 2018

This summer, Anthony Whishaw displayed his paintings at his ‘Experience of Nature’ exhibition in Herefordshire’s acclaimed contemporary art gallery, Canwood Gallery. The Experiences of Nature exhibition included work from Whishaw, alongside French sculptor and former fashion designer, Nicole Farhi.

Bringing world renowned art to rural audiences 

Canwood Gallery is in its second year, attracting exciting names including Carl Andre, Barbara Hepworth, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Blake Daniels. Canwood Gallery was set up by retired farmer Stephen Dale, who wanted to bring world renowned art to rural audiences. Dale’s strong feeling for unconventional art emerged more than 40 years ago, while he was undergoing a difficult and long round of experimental treatments for leukaemia in the 1970s.

Whishaw’s work displayed in never before seen ways

The large barn space, known as Hereford’s Turbine Hall, displayed some of Anthony’s largest works in a way that even the artist has never see before. The smaller barn was reserved for Whishaw’s more delicate works using mixed media such as spiders and spider webs which seemed a very appropriate throwback to the building’s past.  

The architectural space of the small barn worked well to display Nicole Farhi’s four works including two pieces entitled Pure Force, representing her interpretation of herself as a force of nature. The accompanying sculptures depict the hands of fellow artists, one of Anthony Whishaw and the other of her mentor, Scottish sculptor and pioneer of pop art, Eduardo Paolozzi.

The exhibition also includes works by Whishaw’s late wife, Jean Gibson (1927-1991). Gibson’s work verges on the abstract and focusses on the elements, force and energy. Known for being physically demanding to produce, created from dense and hard materials.

Canwood Gallery’s collaboration

Crown Fine Art have been overjoyed to share this exhibition experience with both the artists and curator, Selina Skipwith. If it had not been for the vision and passion of Dale, this exhibition may have been just another show to come and go in front of the usual inner city’s hippest. Founder of Canwood Gallery, Stephen Dale comments:

“I was thrilled with Crown Fine Art and how quickly and professionally they installed the exhibition to make the gallery and our ‘Turbine Hall’ look fantastic under the direction of Curator, Selina Skipwith”.  

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