Henrietta Dubrey

Genius Loci: A Painterly Response by Henrietta Dubrey to Works by Peter Lanyon

Sarah Wiseman Gallery
8th September - 6th October

Foreword
by Jeremy Mogford


‘We have been avid art collectors for well over forty years. Our personal collection mostly concentrates on 20th century British Art from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, but also encompasses art up to the present day. Art is also the most important ingredient for the interiors of both of our Oxford hotels, The Old Bank and The Old Parsonage.

The Old Parsonage Hotel has an interesting collection of portraits in oil, mainly from the same era but also takes in the Bloomsbury and Charleston period. The Old Bank Hotel has a much more eclectic range of modern, contemporary paintings specifically British in origin and sourced from auction houses, art college degree shows and direct from the artist.

Henrietta Dubrey first came onto our radar in the 1990s at a solo exhibition held at the Star Gallery in Lewes, in Sussex. Her refreshing abstract style struck an immediate chord and I’m pretty sure we bought more than twelve of her wonderful paintings there and then.

Her paintings are abstract in nature which stimulates the viewer to really think about the meaning within. The distinctively interesting, vibrant colours and shapes are easy to live with and love. Henrietta’s paintings have found their place throughout our house and into many of the Old Bank Hotel bedrooms. In 2000 we were living in the South of France and Henrietta’s paintings worked perfectly with that classic, sunny Mediterranean sea setting. So much so that five years later when the time came to sell the house, the purchaser insisted that two of her amazing paintings had to stay in place - or the deal was off. It was a very hard call, especially remembering an incredible huge canvas in deep red which was one of my favourites.

We have got to know Henrietta and her family over the years, and we have continued to buy her paintings whenever wall space and mood allows. I urge you to do the same. You will never regret it.’

Jeremy Mogford
Owner
The Old Parsonage Hotel and Parsonage Grill
The Old Bank Hotel and Quod Restaurant
Gees Restaurant

'The landscape here is wild and sparse, full of sky, field, granite, moor, cliff and sea. I have sought not to copy, not to slavishly sketch and paint in situ, but to let a general feeling of Lanyon’s oeuvre seep into my consciousness while I’m painting'


Henrietta Dubrey

Genius loci


An introduction by Henrietta Dubrey

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The Paintings






Levant, 2018


Oil on canvas
£3850
H 130cm x 105cm

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'I find the sky on my back as I climb the hills and the sea behind me, then at my side and it becomes the same thing in my painting...'


Peter Lanyon
Letter to Roland Bowden, 20th April 1952
Tate Gallery Archive TGA 942.1

Rising Air, 2018


Oil on canvas
£3850
H 130cm x 105cm

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Midsummer, Near Cloud, 2018


Oil on canvas
£5250
H 161cm x 130cm

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'Local walks take in iconic places full of history; Cape Cornwall, Zennor, Clodgy Point, Gurnards Head (where I dreamt of getting married in a black ethnic dress from Liberty, and ermine, on a crisp February day) These sites full of rusty bracken covered moors, chimneys and ancient history.'


Henrietta Dubrey













'Looking at Peter Lanyon's paintings in the flesh really brought the reality of my task to light. I absorbed the colours and textures he used to describe the earth, the sea, the rocks, the moors; the proportion of the supports he used, unusual shapes, tall and narrow, vertical, adding physical description to their subject. ‘I paint very thin, tall vertical paintings sometimes because I am fond of climbing cliffs, and I find them very tall and thin,’ he said.'



Henrietta Dubrey
Peter Lanyon quoted from an undated note in the Lanyon family archive







'Many of the paintings I have created share titles with Lanyon paintings. I have taken this liberty as a way of creating a dialogue. There was something in each of these shared works that I found made a connection, imbuing a feeling or an emotional response. I needed to discover the language of Lanyon'


Henrietta Dubrey











Henrietta Dubrey


The Language of Peter Lanyon

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The Drawings
























Afterword


Sarah Wiseman

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Genius Loci:
A painterly response by Henrietta Dubrey to works by Peter Lanyon
8th September - 6th October

Sarah Wiseman Gallery
40-41 South Parade
Oxford
OX2 7JL
www.wisegal.com