Date Posted... Feb 17th 2020

New exhibition represents the human form

DEPICTION – the human form

The Heseltine Gallery’s current exhibition, Depiction – the human form, previewed on Friday evening. The group exhibition represents the human form and features works from the Truro School Collection alongside selected artists, Claire Armitage, Yolande Armstrong, Kathleen Cottell, Una d’Aragona, Julia Giles, Paul Hoare, Sarah Keyworth, Jason Lilley, Andrew Litten, Clive Matthews, Colin Mier, Mike Newton, Amy Oliver, Kathy Spedding, Volker Stox, Rebecca Turk-Richards, Anne Wallace, Pat Wilson, Mike Brett, Lizzie Stevens, Georgina Phipps, Winnie Lyn, Rosina Goss and Nicola Marsden. Artists from the Truro School Collection include Mary Mabbutt, Naomi Frears, Peter Lanyon, Andrew Lanyon, Sheila Oliner, Julian Opie, Rose Hilton, Eileen Cooper, Ray Exworth, Partou Zia and Karl Weschke.

Depiction is open for viewings on Saturdays and Sundays 10am-3pm and Wednesdays 5pm-8pm. Free entry. Visit the Heseltine Gallery website to find out more.

With special thanks to: The Heseltine Guild Members, Yolande Armstrong, Una d’Aragona, Mike Newton

Download the exhibition leaflet and read all about the artists on the link below:

DEPICTION – the human form

Sometimes the impression of a figure is veiled, with a suggestion of an unfolding entity in landscape, and might be based perhaps on an old family photograph, an observation, an intriguing story or response to the technical achievement of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

Artists’ repertoires outline the joys and disquiets, the distorted and dignified, and are presented mythically or otherwise, oftentimes recording our interconnectivity with the natural world.

The human figure may be depicted anatomically, within composition or in other exploratory ways – using the iPad, drawn from life models and in sculpture.

Both women and men are viewed going about their ordinary day, within and responding to an environment, noticed and observed and conveyed, with artists using mediums of watercolour, oil, the printing press and more.

Sometimes figures pose more formally, dressed in the costume of another era and stories are curiously unearthed.

Artists have worked at times with no pre-determined artistic process to suggest something of our idiosyncratic behaviour and at others with a more defined practice, using mannequins, constructing photo art – and have been successful in enabling the human condition to arise – through truth, pretence, from the bright or dark.

Each artist uniquely reflects humanity figuratively, often within a backdrop of some of the most pressing issues of our time – their depictions shared through a disparate collection, united in honesty to represent the human form.

Words by Ali Day