It currently has two exhibitions running. The first of these is Effortless Brushstrokes - apparently inspired by John Singer Sargent's maxim 'to convey the maximum by means of the minimum' (or possibly just a title to embrace a selection of paintings from Falmouth's collection and from the Beside the Wave gallery). It's an enjoyable mix of paintings including a Lenkiewicz, a Munnings and two Laura Knights as well as a selection of newer works.
|John Singer Sargent|
The second exhibition is A Childhood with the Surrealists by Andrew Lanyon and Antony Penrose. Lanyon is the son of Peter Lanyon, the St Ives Abstract Expressionist, while Penrose is the son of the Surrealist painter Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller. Both Lanyon and Penrose moved in surrealist and artistic circles when they were young. This exhibition is the result of a New Expressions commission and takes the form of a whimsical correspondence and exchange of surrealist gifts between the two. You do get the impression that they may just be playing at surrealism, and wonder whether there aren't other artists who could have made better use of the commission. Nevertheless, it's an amusing exhibit and it didn't stop me buying the catalogue which binds the project together.
The exhibitions are free and run to the 14th April.