Welcome to Gallery of the Giants – a tiny gallery created by Louisa Fitch at the foot of an ancient by way in the village of Aldbourne in the heart of rural Wiltshire. During the pandemic I missed visiting galleries and museums and seeing Art so I made this little space for all my fellow locked down Art Lovers to walk past and visit online. As we move forward into 2022 and hopefully out of the pandemic – the gallery will continue to keep spreading joy and creativity for all in our community and beyond. Please contact me if you’re an artist – big or small ! – and would like to install a tiny show here and help share our love of art and artists everywhere. Coordinates to find the gallery are: What3Words mysteries.obstruction.cape or Google Maps 51°28’54.4″N 1°37’14.0″W
New Gallery Site !
ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL, ALDBOURNE
“A lifetime love of learning”
Gallery of the Giants is proud to launch a new gallery on site at St. Michael’s School Aldbourne.
The children of St. Michael’s School have launched their first show in a new gallery of the giants outside their school. Under the guidance of Art teacher and educator Helen Cooper who conceived and lead this project – children from every year group created and wrote in a tiny book for this exhibition – the work reflects on their school motto a ” a lifetime love of learning” and they hope to one day make a lifesize version of this stack of books. Come and see the exhibit. It’s at Back Lane, Aldbourne, SN8 2BP.
Gallery of the Giants is proud to present “GRASSLANDS” – etched glass panels by colour field abstract painter Lou Hamilton. “For decades I have wanted to collaborate with @andrewmoorassociates on some glass art and finally I have!!” Grasslands is about the trace elements essential for a healthy ecology. This series is comprised of photomontages on glass, of landscapes brimming with life, and a celebration of sustainability.
Lou Hamilton grew up in the village of Aldbourne and is now an acclaimed abstract painter based in London. “My work is comprised of abstract colourfields, built up in layers of acrylic paint and sometimes other media, until they reach what I call the ‘hum’ when the colours and composition are in balance, and the painting exudes a feeling of calm. I work intuitively and tap into the spiritual nature of our physical environment. Formally a sculptor I approach painting in a robust way, working on the floor with builders brushes and vigorous brushwork, then calming the whole lot down in a meditative practice.
“Micro Studio Impressions (1-5)”
To start 2022 we launch a new show at the gallery with something positive, colourful and full of joy raging against the dark January skies. These gorgeous, micro “Studio Impressions” by Wiltshire based artist Belinda Rayner are absolutely stunning. Her bright, colourful studies of flowers are guaranteed to make you smile and fill you with optimism for the year ahead.
“Belinda says of her work “Growing up in Australia has inspired a love of colour, light, space, pattern and nature. There was a natural progression from earlier studies of fashion, textiles and drawing to painting. Building layers of paint to create depth, interweaving threads of colour to connect contemplated objects. Creating areas of space and reflective surfaces to balance pattern. A recurring inspiration the beauty of plants and nature”
To celebrate autumn – the gallery has a lovely set of leafy prints by UK based artist Henny Tate. Henny is from a family of printers that produce linocuts, block prints, photographic images and letter press often inspired by nature. With a background in design she recently retrained in horticulture and continues to study plants through various mediums.
“I draw plants because I feel compelled to and want to record a moment in their lifecycle. I enjoy gardening as an active way of working with plants and find drawing is more of a meditation, a chance to reflect on their form and satisfy a curiosity about their workings. Turning the drawings into linocuts produces a simple abstraction of this form and hopefully gives them a meditative quality that I felt when drawing them. I play with colour to draw attention to the plant and perhaps encourage a relationship with a plant and a person that may not have otherwise existed. In this case Phlebodium aureum”
Feliz Día de los Muertos!
To celebrate from All Hallows Eve until The Day of the Dead on the 2nd of November – the Gallery of the Giants presents a small collection of Mexican calacas (skeletons) and calaveras (skulls).
I love to make a shrine to my loved ones every year for Dia del los Muertos and have collected all these Mexican trinkets over the years to help decorate it. Granny Fitch gets a cup of tea in her beloved Ivy teacup and my father a glass of fine red wine. I love to imagine them tiptoeing across from the graveyard here in Aldbourne to celebrate with us. Traditionally in Mexico a trail of scented Marigolds is laid to pave the way from the cemetery to the house for them. This year we will sadly also be making offerings of Whiskey and pickled beetroot to my wonderful father in law Peter. May all their souls rest in peace.
“Slipping Out of My Ordinary Eyes 1&2”
A play on scale: micro and macro.
A journey, into through and beyond.
“Field for the Children”
This show is an installation created by children from the village school and surrounding areas ages 4-14. They have created this tiny homage to Antony Gormley’s work “Field for the British Isles”. Led by Art teacher Helen Cooper they have each created a mixed media expression that reflects on their “self”. They were asked to think about how the pandemic had made them feel as they created their sculpture, and to explore their feelings thorough the making of their work. Helen sees daily the benefits of participatory Art practice and how this can help with mental health issues and wellness for all ages – especially in these uncertain times. Children and teens have suffered a great deal during the pandemic and as we come out of lockdown this small work displays some of the joy and hope that our children bring. It has been such a pleasure to position each of these little souls in the gallery today, I hope you enjoy them too.
All the little figures are for sale – £5 framed and £2 unframed [see the photos for how this will look] all proceeds will go to Charity. DM me or Helen [@thestudioramsbury] for more info or email me at email@example.com
SHOW #5 Nick Leigh
IMO 545F & EHR 462L
We are lucky to have some new works by Marlborough based artist Nick Leigh. Born in 1962, Nick originated from Cornwall where his father, the sculptor Roger Leigh, was an assistant to the internationally renowned artist Barbara Hepworth. His mother worked for the Potter, Bernard Leach.He graduated from Warwick in 1984 achieving a 1st Class honors Degree in the History of Art. There followed a variety of jobs including songwriting, working as a freelance illustrator and antiquarian book dealing in London, before he returned with his wife Nicky to Wiltshire in 1992.
He divides his time between running a picture framing business in Aldbourne and his art works of which he says “I have always been concerned with the inclusion of artisanal skills in the production of art and to this end my more recent relief constructions represent a desire to move away from the traditional planar singularity of the picture surface. In this way external light sources become instrumental in the creation of form within the work. Gold leaf, mineral powders and varnishes are also used to exploit the transformative potential of various lighting conditions in a dynamic way.”
SHOW #4 Katherine Tulloh “Many Moons”
We are very proud to present some small, yet significant watercolour sketches by Hackney based artist Kathrine Tulloh and her young daughter Barbary. Together they have for many years documented our Moon in their sketchbooks. Here we have a rare glimpse into the pages of these very private artistic journals. Check back regularly as we will change the pages every so often…
“Katherine Tulloh studied at Cambridge University and Chelsea College of Art. Through painting and the creation of three-dimensional montages, which she lights and films, she creates fragmented animated narratives exploring the poetic languages of writers such as Poe and Baudelaire. Concentrating on the artist as seer and visionary she explores the cityscape and the inner territory of the self, the here and now and the world beyond”. [copyright Transition Gallery]
SHOW #3 Alex Amelines “Colombia Mágica”
This week we have a little bit of Colombia magic visiting the gallery ! Alex Amelines is an animator and illustrator based in the U.K. He creates characters inspired by his childhood growing up in Colombia with imagery drawn from local mythology and fairytales. These characters are created as part of his film making process and are made from found natural materials and junk. You can see how he makes these figures on his YouTube page here
Meet El Hojarasquín Del Monte, and El Mohán – from left to right in the gallery.
El Mohán is everyone’s favourite monster. Although his description varies from place to place, he is usually a huge creature, covered in hair with long, claw-like nails. He’s fond of mischief, music and tobacco. Fishermen say he capsizes boats, steals bait and hooks. Washerwomen claim he bewitches girls with music and tricks.
El Hojarasquín Del Monte the forest dweller is the protector of the coffee growing region in Colombia. This creature will guide you to safety if it decides you pose no threat to the forest, otherwise it will confuse you by making animal noises and leaving false trails until you are lost forever.
La Madre monte (Mother mountain) is a spirit regarded as the protector of the jungle and its animals. She’s very unforgiving when humans enter her domain to alter or destroy it. Madre monte haunts those who steal others people’s land and casts plagues on cattle owners who usurp fields or ignore boundaries.
You can follow Alex @happy_papi_tv He does not sell the characters as they are currently employed as actors on his film but he does take commissions. DM him for more info.
If you feel inspired by Alex’s work and make a character out of things you find or have to hand – DM me at the gallery and we will showcase your work on the insta. @galleryofthegiants
SHOW #2 Edie Bound “Inside Out”
Another response to the pandemic by emerging portrait artist Edie Bound. Triptych. Oil on Board. 4″x5″ THIS WORK IS SOLD
London and Wiltshire based painter, Edie Bound, who grew up in Aldbourne, predominantly paints portraits and is now studying at the University of the Arts London. She focuses on mark making and colour use and tries to draw inspiration from the mundane every day life experiences.
Edie says “This triptych of paintings is the response to the feeling of being boxed in. I wanted to play with scale and illusion to create visually interactive pieces, working on this small a scale is new to me however it helped me to capture the general feeling of lockdown”
You can follow Edie @eboundart. All works are for sale and she takes commissions.
Contact her here firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOW #1 “CLAYCOVID”
A response to the pandemic by Scottish artist Vicky Stonebridge
We cannot see it, hear it, or touch it. It is invisible. But it has changed the way we live forever. How do we think of the virus now and how will we remember it in years to come? Introducing the Clay Covid – a colourful ceramic that gives shape and form to the invisible, yet takes away the threat and fear. We invite you to find your own interpretation and meaning in this bold and beautiful object… …Carry it as a talisman to protect you from harm. …Hold it to connect you with or remind you of someone. …Keep it as a symbol of hope and resilience. …Or just look at it as a beautiful artwork for its own sake. Every purchase of a Clay Covid supports Vicky the artist who made these and we also donate 10% of the profits to the charity MIND.
Where to Find Us
Art, Walking and Wellbeing.
You will encounter the gallery of the Giants at the foot of the ancient by-way called the Four Barrows track in the village of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Aldbourne is situated in the the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a second home to Doctor Who and the Easy Company 101st Airborne Division stationed here during the 2nd World War. This ancient by way leads to a beautiful views of the chalk downland and Wiltshire landscape that has inspired many artists such as Eric Ravillous and Derwent Lee. Check out this link to the Aldbourne Circular route which you can start from the bottom of the Four barrows track and follow back around and into the village. Postcode for the gallery is SN8 2EL .
As we know walking and getting outside safely during the endless days of this lockdown can increase wellbeing and fitness and if there’s a chance to see some art along the way then you are guaranteed to feel better!