Ashburton-based artists Mike and Liz Juggins are to exhibit for the first time together in Devon this summer, at Buckfast Abbey. Mike’s contemporary paintings will alongside his partner Liz’s sculptural ceramics.
Mike, whose recent work has been supported by the Arts Council, last year exhibited at the Tate Modern. He also showed work at Birdwood House gallery in Totnes earlier this year. For ten years Mike has worked as a community artist, filmmaker and dyslexia campaigner. He is currently focusing on his painting and work at the Abbey.
Mike refers to his work as Visual Jazz.
“Painting is my high place,” he said. “I channel gesture, colour and emotion in a free state of mind, often taking cues from the music I listen to. I just love the visual, physical and emotional rewards that painting gives me.”
Liz takes inspiration from the structures and movement inherent within natural forms. She enjoys both the pliability and limitations that working with clay offers and is very material driven.
Liz said: “So often I have an idea about what I am creating and then it alters as the clay offers me new ideas and possibilities. It is never a battle of wills but instead each piece is a discovery about my chosen medium and its endless potential.”
Liz’s pieces are often finished using smoke marking techniques rather than glazes. She prefers the more primitive marks that fire and smoke produce. Once the final pieces are polished, the effect is one of natural scaring and age.
The exhibition will include innovative videos of their work being created and both Mike and Liz will be present during the week to talk about their work.
• Mike and Liz Juggins’ work will be at the Medieval Hall, Buckfast Abbey. Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 31. Opening from 10am until 4.30pm daily. Late night viewing with live painting. Thursday, July 28, 7pm–9pm
(image: Three vessels by Liz Juggins)
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