Changing light on the coast

One of Sheila Dodd's works.
One of Sheila Dodd's works.

A north Northumberland art gallery is lining up an exciting set of exhibitions for spring, starting with new work based on the county’s coastline.

The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth’s new season begins with the bold and poetic depictions of the Northumberland coast by Morpeth-based artist, Sheila Dodd.

Her exhibition, entitled Changing Light, runs from Good Friday next week until Monday, May 18.

Sheila has created a number of canvases for the exhibition that bring a refreshing approach to capturing the dramatic Northumberland coastline. Her paintings are not recordings of a particular place, but are intended to evoke feelings that are experienced when we contemplate the land and sea.

Gallery director Dale Maloney said: “We were attracted to Sheila’s work as it has a very contemporary feel and the colours are fantastic. Her paintings are clearly of the coast and Northumberland with grand sweeping skies and dramatic lines, but are stirred by poetic thoughts.”

Sheila has her studio in Morpeth, but is often in the south of France and Cornwall. Her inspiration comes from sources spanning the broadest spectrum, from prehistoric cave painters to the American Cy Twombly who specialised in large canvases bearing calligraphic or graffiti-like marks.

Sheila said: “It is important to convey a direct response, a feeling of being in the landscape without resorting to topological realism: the subtle balance between representation and abstraction. Even in the wildness of the landscape a search for stillness and calm.”

Changing Light, by Sheila Dodd, runs at Alnmouth’s Old School Gallery from Friday, April 3, to Monday, May 18. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.