“Two Worlds”, but with a shared passion for travel. This exhibition brings together two artists from very different backgrounds in terms of subject matter, media and even nationality.
Originally from Los Angeles, Brian Rybolt worked for many years as a commercial photographer, frequently working to commission involving portraiture and architectural subject matter. He now concentrates exclusively on his personal work, which has taken him to many diverse locations including Antarctica, Iceland and Greenland. He has exhibited extensively in this country and the USA.
The photographs in this exhibition come from a brief stay in Las Vegas which provided Brian with a rich source of photographic imagery and a strong desire to return. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from Las Vegas other than the glimpses I’ve had through film and television. Weirdness is everywhere, in the lives and architecture of the place.
A lot of the time it appears ironic or surreal to me, this work is my response to these incongruities”.
By contrast mixed media artist Jean Davey Winter was born in the UK, but has an ongoing desire to “get away” and to travel and it is this which provides the stimulus for her work. For many years Jean combined her personal work with lecturing, she exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally and her work is in numerous private and public collections in the UK, Japan and USA.
In 2017 Jean visited the island of Cuba, two weeks which have had a profound effect on her work over the past three years. “Conjuring up words like poetic and magical there is something seductive about Cuba. It draws you in, the constant awareness of vibrancy, colour and energy which conflicts with reminders of a much darker past”. The inclusion of photographic collage creates another level of ambiguity adding to the tension between abstraction and representation, allowing the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the work.