Exhibition captures influence of land and sea

The Lunch, Charleston by Paul Liddiard SUS-140710-123855001
The Lunch, Charleston by Paul Liddiard SUS-140710-123855001

Over the last four years, the Little Chelsea Gallery in Hyde Gardens, established by Tim Bosworth in 2010, has confirmed its reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative art venues in town, writes Jean Clark.

Following the success of exhibitions by painters Sonya Tatham, Gillian Toft, photographer Simon Mark Smith and most recently, the Remarkable Compendium of Curiosities show celebrating the steampunk phenomenon, it now presents Expressions In Detail by renowned artists Margaret Turton and Paul Liddiard RA.

While Margaret’s painting reflects the rolling South Downs, the dramatic edge of the Sussex coast and Eastbourne’s iconic landmarks, most notably Eastbourne pier, Paul’s work captures his love of the sea and boyhood memories of Hythe watching the boats and his time served in the Merchant Navy.

But Paul also has a fascination for Virginia Woolf and three intriguing paintings of his are on display depicting the fraught, bizarre and often desperate relationships of the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston.

It is an enchanting, absorbing and informative exhibition which encapsulates the essence of Eastbourne on land and sea.

All work is for sale, entrance is free and a percentage of card sales will go directly to the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund supporting the family of Stephen Penrice, who tragically died during the immediate restoration work.

The Little Chelsea Gallery is slightly tucked-away behind off Grove Road but you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere without the pretensions often associated with the art world.

Expressions in Detail runs until October 26, 11am-6pm Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm, Sun, closed Monday.