Rachel Wyndham and Sasha Turnbull at the Charleston Shop Gallery
We are delighted to welcome Sussex artists Rachel Wyndham and Sasha Turnbull to Charleston, as they display their work in the Charleston Shop Gallery this December. The Shop is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm until 21 December – this exhibition in the Shop Gallery is free and the artwork is available to buy.
Sasha developed her drawing skills and interest in sculpture at art school in the late 1960s, primarily making sewn and painted canvas sculpture. She began painting when her children were young – a more convenient medium than bulky sculpture and one that satisfied her desire to work with colour. She has been painting in oil since joining Maggi Hambling’s class at Morley College in 1994 and her work has evolved in parallel with her family life and her garden.
“I live and paint here in Sussex and, since art school in Brighton in the 60’s, have had many connections with Charleston. I often paint in the garden here and on the Downs, a powerful place. I have a particular love of trees, especially in the winter – the way they show their relationship to landscape contour, terrain and prevailing wind. This is especially apparent in the Downs where the wind sculpts the living form and seems to affect the land, connecting sky and earth.
My still lives are focused reflections of the same interest in nature, form and locale.”
Firle Beacon by Sasha Turnbull
Rachel Wyndham lives in a small hamlet in the South Downs. She was born in Kenya and spent her formative years there and in Zimbabwe where her love of wide open spaces, colour and light was also born.
She studied drawing and painting at Beaux Arts in Paris, at the Art Students League of New York and at Morley College in London, where she still paints under the tutelage of Maggi Hambling.
Rachel draws great inspiration from the surrounding Sussex landscape, with it’s vast chalky downland and close proximity to the sea. She paints outside in all weathers and at all times of the year. Her own garden and love of plants and trees also provide a rich source of painting subjects. Portraiture, both human and animal, is another enduring love. As is painting in far flung and wild places, the Hebrides being a favourite retreat.
“I have lived in a small hamlet near Charleston for 25 years… My love of painting has been greatly inspired by the landscape that surrounds me, the ancient chalk Downs, the big sky, the close proximity to the sea and the light that results.
My own garden also provides great inspiration, as does the garden at Charleston where I have spend a lot of time painting.”
Charleston Pond by Rachel Wyndham