At the James Freeman Gallery

‘The Islands Across the Sea’

James Freeman Gallery – Islington, London

Currently showing at the James Freeman Gallery, Islington, is an amazing exhibition of artworks by Claire Partington and Cornelia O’Donovan entitled ‘The Islands Across the Sea’. At a recent private viewing, the renowned Upper Street art gallery was packed with art lovers and collectors of the artists’ works.

Claire Partington creates amazing narrative earthenware figures very much in the European tradition,  and her technical skills are a wonder. Claire was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize, London 2012. Well, my personal choice for her best art in this exhibition is ‘Master of the Universe’ (below left).

Claire Partington – ‘Master of the Universe’ (detail)
Cornelia O’Donovan – ‘Beware of False Lambkin’


Images courtesy of James Freeman gallery.





Joint exhibitor, Cornelia O’Donovan’s paintings have a medieval narrative style and appear particularly dreamlike. Cornelia’s work focuses on personal reminiscence and the complexities of human relationships. My personal favourite being ‘Beware of False Lambkin’ (above right), which reminded me of one of my ancestors!
James Freeman has succeeded in bringing together two highly talented, yet complementary narrative artists, for an amazing exhibition. Showing until 9th March 2013.

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