Saturday, 2 November 2013

Borrowed Landscapes and Stolen Histories: Carole King and Glenn Ibbitson

A collection of pieces created using photographs, recycled objects and personal memory triggers

Time Piece
Mixed Media Installation

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all its sons away:
They fly, forgotten as a dream
dies at the opening day
Isaac Watts

Memory Box

This box contains the texture of a building:
Each surface is captured as evidence collected of a time and a place.
Each print located on a plan.
Stored in a box made from the buildings floor boards and locked.

Memories of others, stored in photograph albums, passed through generations, un-named, undated become generic triggers for events, places and times in our own family histories
35 x 25 cm
oil on canvas
Nothing grows in our garden, only washing
20 x 30 cm
oil on canvas

Images inspired by the weaving industry

The interaction between the landscape and its people created commercial enterprise: ultimately leaving memories, industrial archaeology and working industries

Outside the sun shone and the grass was green

To work cotton efficiently it was necessary to maintain a high temperature, above 20°C (68°F) with high humidity (up to 85%), obtained by keeping all windows tightly shut. Before 1833 there was little ventilation in the Mill.

The Mill

Artists book inspired by the The National Wool Museum
drawing, textiles, collagraph,silkscreen

and a series of mixed media pieces combining prints, drawings, photographs and paper ephemera.

Real Welsh Flannel
Fancy Drapery
Mixed media approx 30 x 30 cm

The theme of interaction between landscape and man regularly occurs in my work:
The landscape itself holds a rich mixture of ideas to be mined; layers of manmade and naturally occurring features, combined with evidence of human settlement, industrial, social and political history.

Experimental layered collagraph prints, inspired by random, small sections of ordnance survey maps have grown to larger, more involved pieces, which incorporate recycled ordnance survey maps and pamphlets documenting local geology, combined with original print.

Some pieces use an intricate collage of field shapes, cut and assembled together which follow the pattern of lanes and hedges. Each field shape is cut from a section of collagraph printed onto a previously printed paper- creating a complex surface of lines, symbols and colour variations. Other pieces, use rectangles and triangles joined together, using decorative stitching, in a traditional Welsh patchwork quilt pattern.
The cartographers interpretation of the landscape as a two dimensional representation is precise and factual, each element previously defined by convention, yet seen as a whole these pieces become aesthetically pleasing in their own right - these 'quilts', also incorporating additional information are equally visually seductive .

'Quilt' Pieces

Pembrokeshire Patchwork

40 x 30 cm
55 x 31 cm
Mixed media

3D Collage

The use of recycled postcards combined with paintings and layering to produce 3d images in both formal box pieces and in tunnel book formats

Sheep in the Bathroom
Kitchen Window
Quarry Farm

3 Dimensional collage using recycled postcards, textiles, paint and card.
works by Glenn Ibbitson in this exhibition can be seen at

Borrowed Landscapes and Stolen Histories: Carole King and Glenn Ibbitson will be showing at
2nd-30th November 2013
open 10-5 pm not Sun

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

'The Big Picture' at White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby and 'Borrowed Landscapes and Stolen Histories' at Carmarthen

3 Fathom Forest
Oil on panel
120 x 67 cm
Two exhibitions start this week- one in Carmarthen 'Borrowed Landscapes and Stolen Histories' ( more about this later) and 'The Big Picture' at White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby.
John and Margaret have traditionally gathered a fabulous assortment of small pictures for the festive season- this year they have gone in completely the other direction and requested 'big' pictures for their xmas exhibition.
How big is big depends on your usual output, they casually explain- which leaves it somewhat open to our own interpretation.

The work was arriving as we delivered our pieces on Monday ready for hanging and the start of the show on Nov 2nd. Preview the show consisting of 60 works by 28 artists on

Art Matters at the White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby is open everyday except Wednesday 10am-5pm. A warm welcome always awaits all browsers in this friendly gallery

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Workshops- up coming fun

At Nant-----
Drypoint,Monotype Printmaking workshop 
Sat 22nd June
10.30 - 4pm
£20 + paper

All sorts of books
Sun 30th June
10.30 -4pm
£15 + materials

Life Drawing- workshop day- untutored
Tues 30th July

an introduction to graphic novels-
create your own comic strip
August 27th

and At St Nicholas Village hall- near Fishguard
Reduction printing with Lino
Thurs 25th July
You will need your own set of tools for this course- beginners set available at £5 

please bring your own lunch to these courses- tea and coffee provided

Booking essential
either to

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Lino Printing Workshop

We have just organised some lino printing for the summer

Time for some fun..........
 Great venue for workshops- lots of space, parking and coffee.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Monotype and Drypoint workshop at Oriel Q Narberth

The drypoint and monotype workshop at Oriel Q last week was fully booked with artists keen to experiment with drypoint and monotypes. Following a short illustrated talk and demonstration all set to work and very quickly a wide variety of images were rolling off the press. 
By the end of the session everyone had a hand full of prints and hopefully will be inspired to come back for more.....
Oriel Q is a gallery in Narberth High Street showing contemporary work in various media- in 2 and 3 dimensions

Spring Open Studios-bank holiday event

Anyone in the area is welcome to just turn up and visit............
We will be showing a wide variety of our work in different media- there will be recent work as well as a few bargains.
 Glenns website is

Cash or cheque sales only.
SA38 9JF will take you close by.
Please email for a more accurate map

Saturday, 2 March 2013


Just looking for inspiration to fill a large void in the painting I was working on this afternoon when a fox trotted past the sun lounge window.

My camera was just to hand so I grabbed a quick snap............just what I needed

Monday, 11 February 2013

Zara Kuchi at King Street Gallery

The King Street Gallery ( Carmarthen) in its new location at ground level  now boasts several individual spaces suitable for solo exhibitions. This month the 'Chate' room hosts this enchanting show by artist Zara Kuchi.
Showing a group of large, confident oil paintings Zara's work  is sensitive and thought provoking- her use of symbolism is mixed with references to family, ethnicity and folklore.These paintings create carefully balanced images of contentment and calm imbued with a  sense of longing.

Her fascination with the human figure, in particular the face is well known to all who have seen previous portraits- as she pointed out in her artists presentation today she has progressed from an obsession with the three quarter view to full frontal renditions!

This exhibition of Zara's work can be see at King Street Gallery from now until February 28th and then as a member of the gallery.

King Street Gallery, King Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BS           01267 220121 Zara Kuchi

all images copyright Zara Kuchi

Friday, 8 February 2013

Glenn Ibbitson at Theatr Clwyd

Glenns current show at Theatr Clwyd.
 Around 85 paintings from the last 10 years spanning themes of Consignment, Sleight of Hand, landscape and portraiture all together at Mold. 
For those in North Wales this is a treat not to be missed.

For further info about Glenn's work go to

Theatr Clwyd   19 January – 02 March 2013 Raikes Lane Mold, Clwyd CH7 1YA —