Inside Out: Summer Window 2020

During the summer, we are holding 3 solo shows in the window of One Paved Court. Visitors can view the work on foot and online and arrange to meet the artist at the gallery by appointment, to discuss a purchase, although the gallery will be closed to the public.

Simon Klein 30 June – 19 July 2020

Rachel Pearcey  21 July – 9 Aug 2020

Richard Peacock 11 Aug – 6 Sept 2020

Richard Peacock, Screenprints

Richard Peacock is a North London based printmaker whose work combines elements of pop art and geometric abstraction. His screen prints and woodcuts use colour, repetition and imperfection in their compositions. His hope is that the various elements he uses can feel as compelling for others as they do for him.

His website quotes Bridget Riley on abstraction:

“these elements – squares, circles, triangles, contrasts, harmonies etc. – could express something when they were released from the burden of having to serve as agents of other meanings.”

His frequent use of commercial packaging, recycled wood and expressive titles in his prints tempers the abstraction in his work and roots it in the modern world we all share. In even the most abstract of compositions we look for the familiar: a face or a building or machine, a landscape or an animal.

Contact Richard Peacock: Tel. 0779 614 1965

Rachel Pearcey

Soft Quiet Vessels

A while ago Rachel stopped drawing small straight marks with pen and ink and began to stitch her drawings. She still makes small straight marks but now they are stitched, with a needle and thread and this lends them a delicate 3D quality.  
Taking this a step further, Rachel has made a wonderful installation for the windows of One Paved Court using stitched soft sculpture vessels inspired by the work of the Japanese artist Rieko Koga. The ‘vessels’ – bowls, cups, bottles, a jug and a teapot (spouts are very tricky) are made from felted wool blankets covered with vintage linen and damask or muslin inside and out;  the fabrics are cut and pleated and patched and tucked to follow the woollen shape. Finally Rachel often covers them with a simple running stitch- like the kantha textiles from Bangladesh and India, to fuse the layers of blanket, linen and damask together giving added rigidity and decoration, shading and dimpling – and so returns to the small straight marks of her pen and ink and stitched drawings.  
All the fabrics Rachel uses are recycled;  old linen and flax become wonderfully soft and shiny after years of washing and she says she has a ‘very soft spot for sheep and fleece and wool’.
“China and pottery break, they are brittle and hard and noisy.  My vessels won’t break, they are soft and silent, quiet and gentle. they can be crushed and stroked. “

Rachel Pearcey has an MA Drawing as Process, Kingston University, London, a BA Fine Art, University of Plymouth and City & Guilds Cabinet Making, Bristol. She lives and works in Kingston Upon Thames; in 2013 was awarded the Benton Purchase Prize, ING Discerning Eye.

Simon Klein

‘Just passing through’

is a group of drawings and paintings made during the ‘lockdown’. In these works, Simon Klein explores themes of lovers; couples and figures in a state of becoming.

The Close Lovers painting and accompanying drawings are an intuitive response to two of his married friends, one of whom is mortally ill. It is a study of a caring and intimate love. He hopes the use of paint, whether it be watercolour, pastel or oil, expresses their profound communion.
In response to his painting and accompanying oil pastels, In Passing Simon wrote the following words:

My wife mourns a colleague
The desire to wail is met by her pillow
The psalms pass from grief to praise
One takes despair to chisel out a dark poetry
Languid shapes coalesce into shapes of light
Grace turns this darkness into a kind of brilliance
Just passing through.

White T-shirt is a wry expression of identity. We are not sure who the couple is, other than a motley expression of us all, both good and bad.

Simon Klein has a BA Fine Art  (Hons) Slade 1982, and an MA in Contemporary Art Practice, Kingston University, 1997.
One of his self-portraits is held in the Ruth Bouchard Collection.  Simon lives and works in Richmond, London.