‘Merry and Bright’ Christmas exhibition to launch at Sarah Wiseman Gallery


‘Merry and Bright’ Christmas Exhibition to launch 19 November. Image: Everyone Has A Tiger And An Angel Somewhere 40x40cm
‘Merry and Bright’ Christmas Exhibition to launch 19 November. Image: Everyone Has A Tiger And An Angel Somewhere 40x40cm (cropped)

This festive season Sarah Wiseman Gallery is revealing ‘Merry and Bright’; a Christmas exhibition featuring bursts of zinging colour! 

The gallery will introduce works by the acclaimed artist Emily Powell. Emily’s joyful works are an exuberant, explosive expression of freedom and colour. She explores several subjects, from the beautiful Devon coastline, where she lives and works, to patterns, animals or surreal still life.

As well as exhibiting her work to critical acclaim, her recent projects include painting doors of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, collaborations with MoMA and British Museum, and part of the 2020 BBC Documentary for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Show. She also recently published her first book, Start Painting Now, co-written with her sister Dr Sarah Moore.

Other highlights of ‘Merry and Bright’ include new works by Jim Whitty, renowned for his other-worldly, contemporary take on British landscape; Fletcher Prentice, with striking flower-scapes inspired by his garden; there’s also printmaking by Anna Marrow, who specialises in brightly coloured silkscreen prints inspired by pop culture. 

“The annual Christmas show is something we always look forward to at the gallery,” says gallery director Sarah Wiseman. “We’re focusing on colour this year; to really make the walls sing.”

“We’re also delighted to display ceramics by Oxfordshire-based makers Katie Coston of Illyria Pottery and the mid-century modern style tableware from Kate Garwood,” adds Sarah.

“This year, all works will also be available to view and purchase in our online shop, to make it as easy as possible for our customers. We can ship anywhere in the world, and even offer gift wrap if you need it.”

Also in November: Lindsey Moran’s new Oxford Prints

Before the Christmas exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery will be showcasing new photo-polymer etchings by Liverpool-based artist Lindsey Moran from 12 November.

Linnaeus and the Skeleton Parade by Lindsey Moran
Linnaeus and the Skeleton Parade by Lindsey Moran

Lindsey participated in a recent group show at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery, ‘Inner Space’ and whilst visiting the gallery in Oxford, she fell in love with the city’s architecture and has created some stunning new work inspired by the ‘Dreaming Spires’. 

Lindsey Moran specialises in exploring the relationship between printmaking and photography. Carrying her camera everywhere she goes, she is drawn to exploring the influence of light on both natural and artificial environments, with her black and white photographs forming the basis of her printmaking. 

Her new collection includes striking new images of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History; Lindsey has perfectly captured the softly lit Victorian Gothic interior, interspersed with the skeletons of wild and prehistoric creatures. 

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