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News release - Issued by Kunsthuis

Colour, Surface, Description

Artists from the UK showcase a collection of paintings, ceramics and glass with beautifully bright colours, suggestive shapes and wonderfully arresting textures.

Kunsthuis gallery steps into Spring with a showcase of work by a select group of painters, ceramicists and a striking glass artist. The show brings forth beautifully bright colours, bold shapes and wonderfully arresting textures.

Kunsthuis Gallery welcomes Dutch artist Corina Smits whose paintings are suggestive of nature and the landscape. She works mainly on canvas with acrylic paints, but sometimes also on wooden subsurfaces using bold earth tones. Her work can be seen for the first time in the UK in company with established UK painter Clare Maria Wood. Clare works in different media from acrylic painting and collage to printmaking and rust transfers. The rugged and changeable moorland setting and busy fishing town of Whitby has provided endless subject matter for her. Both exhibiting painters work intuitively exploring a theme or series and complement one another beautifully with their subject matter and colour palette.

Catherine Keenan's glass work is bold and futuristic which undoubtedly communicates the vitality and exuberance of the making experience. Her practice is informed by a preoccupation with colour and pattern which she explores through experimentation with a range of techniques, observing the seemingly endless possibilities of each. She is particularly inspired by the liquid nature of the material and the organic development of spherical forms.

Gavin Burnett's range of ceramic tableware is made with multiple layers of coloured porcelain slip with individually hand carved facets and would brighten up any home, alongside Richard Wilson's ceramics which explore colour and abstract patterns in strong forms that capture the flow of the sea and the landscape of South West Dorset.

David Brightmore fills the Dutch house Cafe with a range of paintings inspired from the mountains and hills of North Wales. His paintings endeavour to express certain essential dramatic qualities of the Eryri environment and more recently the gentler, more lyrical landscape of the Clwydian hills and the urban life of Mold, Chester and Manchester.

The Surface, Colour, Description exhibition inspires a Private View & Supper Club evening on Friday 25th March 7-9.30pm in our cosy art cafe complete with log burner so you can relax and enjoy the delicious 3 course set Menu. Tickets are £27.50pp and include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, artist talks and demonstration, followed by a Q&A with the artists and a private view of the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased on our website under the events tab.

Kunsthuis Gallery's permanent shop presents beautiful handmade items from a wide range of local and talented Arts and Crafts makers showcasing contemporary interiors, a wide selection of beautiful jewellery, exquisite handmade books, a diverse range of ceramics, table accessories, photography and prints. You are invited to escape the hustle and bustle of York's busy streets, shop for unique and limited edition gifts and spread the Spring cheer here in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

For those who love walking there is a circular pathway that runs through the Dutch House and into the fields and woodland areas, along with lengthier walks in close proximity to the site. The perfect destination for the whole family this Winter.


For further information about the Open View and exhibition please contact:

PR contact: Clare Nattress

Kunsthuis Gallery is located at the Dutch house premises on the road between Crayke and Brandsby. Running from Friday 25th March – 15th May 2016 Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Kunsthuis Gallery
T: 07495270007

Kunsthuis opened in May 2014. It is a brand new vibrant space to encounter both contemporary Dutch and British art. The gallery sells paintings, ceramics, bronze sculpture, jewellery and more. It is a bright and quiet space away from the hustle and bustle, perfect for relaxing and enjoying art.

Kunsthuis sits within Dutch house, Crayke. Owners Cecile Creemers and Sjaak Kastelijn moved to Yorkshire over six years ago and began running their Dutch café amidst a wildlife garden in 2010. Sjaak worked as Head Gardener for York Museums Trust when the couple first arrived in Yorkshire – he now focuses on the business full-time. Drawing inspiration from its wild surroundings, Kunsthuis offers something new to Yorkshire, presenting Dutch contemporary pieces alongside works by respected British artists.

Extra information:

Entrance to Dutch house and Kunsthuis is free. The site is part-wheelchair and child friendly. Dogs on leads are welcome into the garden and courtyard – well-behaved dogs can also come into the café. The delicious café menu caters for those on gluten free and vegan diets.