The Atkinson Gallery is proud to be welcoming the President of the Royal West of England Academy, Stewart Geddes, for a lively and colourful solo exhibition in September. Geddes took up the Presidency on 1 September 2016 and within his role he hopes to develop artistic and wider links with BME communities and to progress the archive collection of works that the RWA has been holding since the 19th century.
This exhibition explores the artistic developments Geddes has made over time and some may suggest his current work returns to an element of artistic practice that is very much alive in some of his earlier work.
Geddes’ practice is focussed in the moment where paint meets canvas. He moves beyond conscious decisions, he describes this as ‘pushing the process beyond control, to the moment when I don’t know what will take place, or even, what I’m going to do’. Geddes explores the behaviour of the paint, its potential to create a multitude of different gestures, marks and perhaps most importantly, he explores the elements of risk and chance. By working at a faster pace and making ‘live’ choices as the painting unfolds Geddes trusts his unconscious decisions in the moment.
We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a significant and rewarding exhibition. You can find out more about Geddes’ work via his website http://stewartgeddes.weebly.com and if you wish to discover more about the work of the RWA you can find more details on their website www.rwa.org.uk
The Atkinson Gallery is situated in the grounds of Millfield Senior School in rural southwest England in the town of Street, Somerset.
Street, Somerset, BA16 0YD