Paintings, drawings and watercolours by Royal Academy Schools trained painter, Kumar Saraff.
‘…Kumar really knows how to capture fleeting light and shadow and to make apparently drab scenes zing with pleasurable tension. It is a subtle form of theatre, endorsed by his own enjoyment of the colours and texture of oil and watercolour. Seeing his work for the first time it struck me that he has an Italianate way of composing landscape that has come down from Richard Wilson, the 18th century Welsh artist and the so-called ‘father of British landscape painting’ who was himself influenced by Poussin. If that sounds too fanciful, look at Kumar’s dramatic charcoal drawings of rain storms off the west Wales coast and then at an 1824 Constable sketch of a rainstorm near Brighton or a Turner painting showing a storm at sea. Constable and Turner admired Wilson very much and so the comparison doesn’t seem ridiculous at all.
Kumar’s work satisfies a need which many of us feel to believe that the British landscape is still as it was in Wilson’s, Turner’s and Constable’s days, (relatively) untainted by progress and supervised by (not always) benevolent landowners. We know that is an illusion. Nothing stands still and never will, but Kumar is so skilled at choosing subjects which avoid the ruder intrusions of modernity that his paintings allow us to forget the vanishing hedgerows without actually telling any lies.
Kumar’s landscapes and interiors are accessible enough to gladden the heart of traditionalists while striking a fresh note. To those who know them, it is startling to see such familiar places through different eyes.’ By Caroline Juler, art critic, Wales correspondent for Galleries magazine
Showing alongside will be a new collection of hand-built illustrated ceramics by Jacqueline Leighton Boyce; new jewellery- hand stitched and bound fabric with found objects- by Amanda Caines; silver rings and bracelets by Syann van Niftrik; and carved stone and bronze sculptures by Matt Caines and Caroline Juler.