Wonderful Art in Brixham

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(Last Updated On: August 27, 2018)



I called into the Brixham Art Society’s summer exhibition the other day  and was enormously impressed by the quality of work on display. From hyper-realism (including a wonderful realisation of Greenway) to abstract collage, from gouache to oils and sketches, the range was impressive and the standard truly high. I particularly loved a series of sea paintings that captured the apparent  viscousness of the sea with a Hockneyesque vividness

Members of Brixham Art Society, formed in 1949 and now more than 50 strong their website tells us, are ‘united by their love of art and willingness to share ideas. A variety of media is used in their work, including watercolour, acrylics, oils and pastels, and mixed media.’

Regular monthly demonstrations are given, too, by well-known and often inspirational regional artists, while occasionally a visiting artist will critique members’ own paintings.

Every year Art Society Members can exhibit in the week-long exhibition which held in August at Scala Hall in Brixham, where all paintings are for sale, and new members are always welcome, whether you are an experienced artist or just beginning. ‘Socially engaging and culturally enriching,’ they add, ‘the society hopes, by its members’ efforts, to go from strength to strength.’

For a taster, you can visit one of their monthly demonstrations at Eden Park school, or for further information, for example about joining the society, contact  them Julia Lee on 01803 431560 or email jlee1512@gmail.com

Meanwhile, there’s a chance to see more at an exhibition and sale of works next month from the Brixham, Devon and Torbay Art Societies in the stunning setting of Torquay Abbey’s Spanish Barn, promising to be an eclectic, inspiring event –  and, on top of that, it’s free!

At the same time,, in the main house there’ll be be an exhibition of famous St Ives Artists – all details on the Abbey’s website.

Bob Jope

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!