It is a busy time of year for Dorothy Wightman as she prepares for the launch of a major new exhibition at her gallery, in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale of work by popular ceramic artist Laurance Simon, opening 20th September.
Magical and Timeless – 20th September to 31st October
Following on from the success of previous solo exhibitions, Magical and Timeless is an exhibition which showcases the work of one of Dorothy Wightman’s most popular artists, Laurance Simon.
The Gallery often features work by Simon, but this is her first solo exhibition. She was born in France, though has lived in London for over year 20 years and after studying at the Camberwell School of Art, and abroad set up a studio in North London.
Since she was a child, making was a passion, it was in her blood; she sees herself as a ‘maker’. She has – as she would say “indulged and struggled” in the world of ceramics for about 15 years.
Her work is a juggling act between painting and sculpture. She starts with her sketch book and fills pages with images. Then she begins her work in clay and the resulting pieces speak of nature, animals, colour, texture and pattern and are often imbued with humour or pathos, such as Dogs on roller skates, pigs in high heels, a hedgehog on the lid on a small box, cactus with birds resting on the stems – a cornucopia – all in wonderful colours. Magical and Timeless features small pieces to bigger statement pieces.
She says the influences on her work are numerous and of course change over time, but what remains is the absolute pleasure of creating…and viewing for the public.
Dorothy Wightman comments,
“It is an exciting time at the gallery. Laurance Simon is a very popular artist at the gallery and we are delighted that we can showcase her work in a solo exhibition. We hope visitors to the gallery really enjoy browsing the pieces as much as we enjoy curating them.”