Elfyn Lewis, David Mankin and Anna Somerville, three artists from three different countries, create work that is influenced by their natural surroundings. In their home countries of Wales, England and Scotland, they each develop a distinct painting practise concerned with a similar attraction to the textures and lights at play on the land and sea. Their gestural response to the landscape and their interpretation of elements of the natural world conveys memories of places, ideas of flows and changes in the earth and water.
Born in Porthmadog, North Wales, and based in Cardiff, Elfyn Lewis is a painter whose distinctive abstract paintings are held in a number of public and private collections. In 2009 Elfyn was awarded the gold medal for fine art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and later went on to be named Welsh artist of the year in 2010. His love of place is a clear strand throughout his work which are, as he describes, ‘layered time after time until the upper layer explodes and transforms from its volcanic creation into a vivid landscape’
David Mankin lives and works in the south west of Cornwall. His dynamic and vivid abstracted Cornish landscape paintings have been exhibited in London and Cornwall and in a number of London art fairs. His paintings are in numerous private and corporate art collections. David’s abstract paintings not only draw inspiration from the dramatic Cornish coastline; the wild, empty moors; the big skies; but also the raw, physical elements of the landscape including the rocky outcrops; beach boulders; storm debris; winding farm tracks; surging seas and the ancient fields bordered with stone hedges. He enjoys getting out into the landscape and the elements that shape it – wind, sea, rain and man-made. These are the experiences that manifest themselves in his paintings.
Passionate about paint, mark making and colour, Anna Somerville works intuitively imagining expressive, painterly scapes that conjure up familiar scenes in nature. The paintings are intentionally ambiguous and mesmeric, inviting the viewer to reflect on their own reminiscences. Within the layers of impasto paint, iridescent glazes, ink stains, paint drips, scratched away and mono printed, worked back, scrubbed out and scribbled over canvas, linen, and paper, she creates open expanses of space and light in her compositions. Anna is an award-winning graduate from Edinburgh College of Art and her work has been exhibited in many galleries and art collections both nationally and internationally. She works from her studio at Summerhall in Edinburgh where she very much enjoys the vibrancy of the building and its residents.