Art collective to open exhibition inspired by East Anglian painter
An art collective is set to open their annual exhibition in Suffolk.
The exhibition by the Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) will take place in Wenhaston and will show work by creatives based in the East of England and London.
Featuring the work of more than 28 artists, the exhibition will give viewers the chance to look at contemporary artwork inspired by the English painter, draughtsman and printmaker Harry Becker.
Much of Becker’s work was made outside in the fields – responding to the landscape and farmworkers at speed - to capture agricultural life in Suffolk in the early twentieth century.
With more than 130 paintings on show, and a similar number of unframed works and cards available to view, visitors are invited to see how Becker continues to influence the work of contemporary artists.
The annual exhibition will be accompanied by a Paint Out competition.
Chairman of IBBAS, Annie Brundit, said: “I’m excited as we approach another year of organising and planning our annual exhibition over the first weekend in August.
“There will be a range of new artists’ work to view and artists who have shown with us before aim to deliver new or recent work to exhibit, so it’s always fascinating to be around the buzz of delivery day. This year I’m especially thrilled as Jillifar Amor and I are honoured to be hanging the exhibition.
“Over the weekend there will be a Paint Out competition on the Saturday morning, with the resultant paintings hung in the church, and for sale, from Saturday afternoon. Saturday also sees the church café open for delicious lunches.
“It is important to continue to champion the work of Becker which was made outside, in the fields, with farmworkers, at speed and gave a glimpse into agricultural life in Suffolk in the early twentieth century, in what was a rapidly changing world. Change endures - moving apace - almost as fast as Becker worked. His fluid, lively and honest marks bridged the gap between Constable and Van Gogh; celebrating the reality of rural life, thus, Inspired by Becker, we continue.”
From vibrant abstracts and landscapes to figurative and impressionistic pieces there will be a range of work on display at St Peter’s Church in the village.
The church is also home to the Wenhaston Doom, a 16th-century panel painting depicting the Last Day of Judgment. It is one of the rarest and finest examples in the country and was discovered during restoration work in 1892.
IBBAS artist Mary Gundry said: “Every year since IBBAS started, I have spent some time thinking about what would be appropriate to submit to the annual exhibition and have always been surprised and delighted to see the range and standard of work on display and to see how artists interpret the ‘Becker Brief’.
“I am always excited by Becker’s use of colour and freedom of line – something I try to incorporate in my work.”
The exhibition is open from Friday, August 3 until Sunday, August 5. Friday, Saturday 10 until 5. Sunday 10 until 4. All works are for sale and card payments are accepted.
The Paint Out competition will take place on Saturday, August 4. Artists keen to take part should register from 9.15am at Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, where one of the competition subjects will be a figurative group working on the Becker grave.
On Saturday afternoon, the work produced will be displayed in St Peter’s Church, Wenhaston. Some pieces may be for sale.
For more information and to view examples of each artists’ work visit http://ibbas.co.uk/