A new concept in contemporary art galleries.
Somerset and the South West has an abundance of artistic talent, and to celebrate this we have set up a gallery within the gallery dedicated to showcasing local artists. READ MORE...
Spring exhibition: 24th February – 26th April
We are delighted to welcome local landscape artist Miriam Sheppard to A2. Miriam’s work is very distinct with its open and calm feel – almost watercolour in style but she is in fact using very thin layers of oil. Miriam captures the diverse atmospheres of seasonal skies, that moment before a storm or a cold foggy morning in her native Somerset.
Devon artist Rachael Bennett exhibits across the South West, in London and France and her large bold dramatic paintings, often mixed media, inspire a sense of wonder. Travelling to collect ideas the heart of her inspiration continues to come from her home by the docks in the seaside port of Teignmouth. “My garden lies adjacent to where salt meets fresh water and land melts into sea - it is an intimate place of constant physical change.”
Mike Bernard RI returns to A2 with a collection of his colourful highly original and interesting work. His approach to collage using random textures, colours and shapes means his work is never over-representational but rather captures the personality of his chosen location.
We are also showing new work from watercolour artist Sarah Ball, abstract acrylics by Andrew Snary and new work from resident artist Alan Stratford.
Joanna Miln Solo Show: 28th April – 13th May
Self confessed traveller Joanna Miln settled in Somerset 10 years ago now and specializes in pastel paintings of birds and animals. Many of her paintings are now inspired by and feature the local wildlife, as well as the livestock grazing in the fields all around us.
It was her pastel work of which accorded her first place in the A2 class at the Midsomerset Show in 2016. Joanna regularly undertakes commissions and is delighted to have this solo show in Wells.
Jenny Graham Solo Show: 7th July – 29th July
By competitive selection in 2016 Jenny Graham’s work “Northern Soul” gained first place at our Open Exhibition in 2016.
Jenny moved to Somerset in 1984 and, from her studio in the Polden Hills specialises in stylised landscape paintings, drawings and photo-etchings of the West Country. Her work emphasises the simplicity of juxtaposed forms and the interaction between areas of colour, encouraging the viewer to focus on the subject rather than the technique. Jenny has held residencies in Northumberland, Devon, Cornwall and at The Brewhouse in Taunton.
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12th December 2016
New artist at A2. We now have a new collection of dramatic seascapes in oils from Cornwall based artist Mark Poprawski.
17th September 2016
Somerset Open Studios 2016 starts today. This year we are showing the work of local artist Chris Lee and the owner of A2 Gallery, Alan Stratford.
5th August 2016
Great to see so many people at last night's Private View of our 2016 Open Exhibition.
Huge congratulations Jenny Graham, whose work entitled 'Northern Soul' was voted by the judges to be the winner.
Many thanks to everyone who entered and a special thanks to our judges, Martin Bentham RWA, Sara Dudman RWA, Debbie Locke RWA and Chris Lee for their time and input.
The exhibition of the final 60 short-listed entries opens today and runs until August 31st.