Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lynda and Ron Wilson | A Virtual Showcase at Dungeness Beach Batch Patch


Dungeness Open Studios

Last year, in common with the rest of the world, we were making plans at Dungeness Open Studios for the future. One of these was to offer one of the Open Studio buildings and adjoining garden as a showcase venue for artists, known as Dungeness Beach Batch Patch (https://dungeness-beach-batch-patch).

Then came COVID-19. 

Edinburgh-based artists Lynda and Ron Wilson were due to be showing here from the 10-12 July 2020 but we all came to the sad conclusion that now is not the right time, especially as lockdown rules are different in Scotland.

Instead, we offered them this ‘virtual’ showcase. Lynda and Ron are regular visitors to Dungeness and we are proud to support them in this way at this unprecedented time.

We hope to welcome them in person next year. Watch this space...

Paddy and Bridget.

This is a joint exhibition of the work made in and of Dungeness by husband and wife artists Ron and Lynda Wilson. 

 

Firstly, six pieces of work by Lynda:

Light and Power
Blue Shacks
Old Dungeness Lighthouse

Folkestone Wall

Level Crossing

Dungeness A
Images correspond with titles, medium and prices below:       


Title
Medium

Image size HxW cm
Overall Size HxW cm
Price
Light and Power
Gouache on paper
White frame
10 X 33
22 x 45
£150
Blue Shacks
Monoprint
Unframed
19 x 56
19 x 56
£80
Old Dungeness Lighthouse
Screenprint Edition of 8
Unframed
18 x 28
28 x 38
£40
Folkestone Wall
Oil on found board
Dark grey box frame
14 x 41
16 x 43
£150
Level Crossing
Acrylic on board
Dark grey box frame
18 x 34
20 x 36
£150
Dungeness A
Oil on found board
Mid grey box frame
20 x 40
22 x 42
£150

Motivation to make work of and about Dungeness:

Lynda Wilson

My motivation to make work of and about Dungeness comes from a few strands. My past career gives me an interest in how (wo)man inhabits and makes his/her mark on the land especially at the edges of the land. I first visited Dungeness with my husband about 10 years ago to see Derek Jarman’s Garden and was intrigued by how the flat shingle is home to small, scattered, homes/shacks/huts, without borders to each piece of land. 

The contrasting scale of the power stations with the small settlements is fascinating, how they can co-exist. The small buildings being low can resist the wind better. The light is unique, reflecting off the shingle stones and the sea. We have visited every year since our first visit, always staying in the same cottage. We have many friends living nearby, some of whom are artists and share our love of the place.

I have made a lot of work at the extreme other end of Britain, in Stromness in Orkney, where the settlements there are tall and huddled together round the harbour to provide shelter from the extreme winds and cold. Narrow streets wind between them. The difference from Dungeness could hardly be greater. 

Statement | Curriculum vitae:

Lynda Wilson studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) before working as an architect in public and private offices. She then taught in the School of Architecture at ECA for 20 years. Her ambition to work as an artist has been finally realised in the last ten years. She works mainly in print after sketching and photographing on location, but also paints en plein air. She lives and works in Edinburgh, UK, and is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and art collective bound:unbound
www.lyndawilson.org.uk
www.boundunbound.org
  

Next up – six pieces of work by Ronald Wilson

 

Harbour Diamonds
Two Lighthouses
Orange Nets
Net Huts
Flying Fish and Lighthouse
Two Pink Buoys
Images correspond with titles, medium and prices below:

Title
Medium

Image size HxW cm
Overall size
HxW cm
Price
Harbour Diamonds
House paint and gouache on board
White frame
50 x 51
55 x 54
£85
Two Lighthouses
Mixed media on board
Unframed
61 x 92
61 x 92
£170
Orange Nets
Mixed media on board
Unframed
36 x 30
36 x 30
£70
Net Huts
Mixed media on paper
Unframed
42 x 30
42 x 30
£70
Flying Fish and Lighthouse
Linoprint
Unframed
20 x 15
20 x 15
£45
Two Pink Buoys
Mixed media on paper
Unframed
38 x 27
38 x 27
£70


Ron Wilson

I discovered Dungeness through being aware of Derek Jarman’s book about his garden and the detritus from the beach he used to decorate it.

We have been visiting the ness for 10 years, staying in a cottage near the Life Boat station. I enjoy the sea and unique atmosphere. The contrast with living and working in a city is stimulating - watching the screeching birds fly by and sketching the coming and goings of the tides. Seascapes have always held a fascination for me through the work of J M W Turner, John Piper, Paul Nash and more recently Richard Diebenkorn and his Californian coastal paintings.

I enjoy the slightly quaint spectacle of the little train scurrying across the marshes, its smoky chimney and the smiling holidaymakers; it reminds me of my youth & spotting steam trains at my local station.

Statement | Curriculum vitae:

Ron Wilson studied graphics & photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, 1969-73.

He worked in advertising & design agencies for 20 years, finally becoming the studio manager at The Scotsman and her sister newspapers. He gave that up to own a secondhand and antiquarian bookshop for 25 years, specialising in rare books, maps and prints. As he employed staff, this left him more time for painting and printmaking both in his studio and on his various travels.

He sold the business two years ago and can now spend more time on his art practice in Edinburgh.


If you're interested in supporting Lynda and Ron and would like to make a purchase, here are the details:

Payment methods

BACS payments – (Contact Lynda and Ron) lyndawilson17@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone: 0771 4237002

PayPal payments – lyndawilson@icloud.com