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Press Release | Nina Brook, Mimi Joung, Victoria Walker at New Craftsman| August

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Nina Brooke | New Paintings

with ceramics by Mimi Joung & jewellery by Victoria Walker

5thAugust to 1stSeptember 2023

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Nina Brooke |Off the Rocks 

Rising young artist Nina Brooke travels the world creating distinctive paintings inspired by the beach and surf culture. Her use of aerial perspective reveals a unique and engaging view of the patterns that make up the world from the air. In a palette that reflects the aquamarine of the ocean in the most picturesque of places, her paintings define the shapes and colours of humans playing, swimming, surfing and walking in and around the coast.

This new collection is inspired by ‘wandering', by the patterns we make exploring and making memories in the Cornish landscape, from swimming, surfing, spear fishing and sea kayaking, to rock climbing and walking the beaches. In particular, this collection considers points of human congregation in popular areas like Porthmeor Beach, below Tate St. Ives. This iconic gallery space has the most spectacular view of the beach, but the view of Porthmeor from the sky suggests an entirely different composition which encourages the viewer to look at the bigger picture, and how our presence impacts the surface of the land.

Award winning ceramicist Mimi Joung makes works which explore language and meaning through form, colour and word, andmany of her works combine clay with glass or materials such as elastic bands, wool and found objects.This collection, titledWeather Shaping, Word Making, is a new body of work inspired by the weather, the landscape and poetry, prompted by a range of poems that have influenced Mimi's practice as an artist, a maker and a ceramicist. Mimistudiedceramics at Wonkwang University in South Korea and went on to gain an MA in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art in London. She completed a conceptual art residency at Banff Arts Centre, Canada, and has been awarded Arts grants in Korea, England and Wales and is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Shenow lives and works in the UK and her work can be found in collections around the world.

Victoria Walker graduated with a first BA (Hons) in Jewellery & Silversmithing at Truro College in 2009, winning the Goldsmiths' Company Precious Metal Bursary award for her designs. Her practice is based on the creation of fine, kinetic jewellery, inspired by the beauty of natural forms and the sentimental nature of lockets; her signature botanical lockets feature miniature articulated flowers that gently emerge and unfold from within. Using traditional techniques to fashion precious metals and diamonds, she creates hand crafted and precisely engineered pieces inspired by her impressions of the natural world.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE.01736 795652 | |



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NINA BROOK Off The Rocks

Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in the mid-1960s by potter Janet Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Today the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE | Tel: +44 (0)1736 795652 ||


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