Hawksfield, Atlantic Highway, Nr Wadebridge, PL27 7LR

19 Apr 2019 - 14 May 2019


‘Spring to Sea’ Paintings by Bob Aldous and poetry by Myra Schneider


Opening Reception:

Saturday 13th April, 1 – 4pm  | Floor 2

Exhibition showing until 14th May 2019


Painting and poetry make good bedfellows.

Here we see the poet Myra Schneider respond to the paintings of artist Bob Aldous.

Collaborations between poets and painters are not new. In fact there is a fashionable movement of responding to painting through poetry.  The late art writer John Berger, in his seminal book ‘Ways of Seeing’ reminded us that images come first, then words – ‘but when a poet creates a poem in response to a work of art then the words become another way of seeing.’


Bob Aldous

There are many artists from the canon of art history that Bob Aldous eloquently cites in relation to his work. Some are influences, other artists mirror his own psyche and preoccupations. Tiepolo and Turner, Tapies and Tillyer all hold sway but lets look at the intrinsic nature of the paintings, performance and poetry of the man himself.

Air and water – breathing through water – walking on air. The elements earth and fire are nowhere to be seen – Bobs poetry and performance pieces exude ethereality; his silk paintings and watercolours do the same. The quality of lightness, as in ‘ lightness of being’  is clearly not thinness. Bobs paintings flow with a deceptive ease of making which is far removed from the vague mark-making of a ‘thin’ painter; Aldous is a meticulous practitioner of his craft and well versed in both art theory and metaphor.

CIRCLE is showing the large silk paintings – silk being the surface of choice for its luminosity and staining qualities. The Chinese and Tibetans have been painting on silk for a thousand years. Silk cloth naturally absorbs infinite hues and gradient washes therefore it is the perfect medium for Bobs romantic vision of the world. The paintings draw us into the milky scape-lands of the imagination – an arcadian idyll, or the legendary lands of Shangri-La (Tibet) and Cornwall’s Lyonesse – whatever these works suggest, essentially they are places for reverie.

Myra Schneider

Myra Schneider started writing as a young girl when living in the Moors of Scotland. She wrote entertaining plays for her sister and their friends. As a teenager she read the romantic poems, admired Keats and Wordsworth, studied literature at London university and has lived in London ever since. Myra’s first poetry collection was published in 1984 by the Littlewood Press in Yorkshire. Since then she has had nine more collections, most recently TheDoor to Colour (Enitharmon Press) and Lifting the Sky (Ward Wood Publishing).She was shortlisted for the Forward prize in 2007. Her work has appeared in a large number of anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Poetry Please.