Parndon Mill: A Year in Reflection

Lifestyle / Wed 8th Aug 2018 at 09:15am

9th August – 16th September
Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5 Sunday and Bank Holiday 2 – 4

THE works in this exhibition were completed by Anthony Lysycia during a creative gap year in rural France. Anthony & his partner Amanda, who is a fashion designer/painter, decided they wanted a drastic change from the hustle and bustle of life in London which they have called home for many years. They found a suitable house and studio in France and relocated for a year. Expecting to paint a series of landscapes, Anthony was surprised to find himself working on a selection of old floorboards. He also discovered a nearby quarry with beautiful French limestone to carve.

What followed was a journey of new creativity. The change of the seasons from one November to the following November, the abundance of wildlife and the incredibly slow pace of life was very conducive to a new body of work. He returned to his London studio suitably refreshed and ready for London life. This exhibition is a reflection on his year away.

Travelling with his watercolour paper and sketchbooks in new environments gives Anthony the fresh approach to his work that he thrives on. All his watercolours are done on location never repainting them back in the studio. The large oil canvases in this exhibition are the next development from his watercolours and polychromed wooden panels.

Anthony Lysycia has been described by Michael Rothenstein as an artist of unusual power, immensely energetic and full of innovation. He is becoming increasingly well known and has completed numerous private and public commissions. Working in stone and wood he has produced highly successful sculptures for clients such as British Waterways, the Welsh Tourist Board, local authorities and schools nationwide. A recent commission was for The River Stort Sculpture Trail. His stone carving The Flowing River is sited at Harlow Mill lock.

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