Enver Gürsev is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who has been working with joyfully twisted toy assemblages for many years. Born in 1968, he was a young protégé of the late Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and went on to graduate from Camberwell College of Art. He has made his living as a professional artist ever since, taking commissions and teaching traditional oil painting techniques at the various art schools across the University of Arts London.
Small House Gallery has wanted to host a show of Gürsev’s assemblages since the very beginnings of Small House Gallery (2016). He said yes back then, but the stars have only just aligned now to allow for it to happen. October tends to suit many of his themes, and it also happens to be his birthday month, so in lieu of one of his legendary parties (childcare and Covid bollocks), we have this:
Enver has taken over Small House Cottage & Small House Two with surreal re-creations of scenes from his long-standing ‘Dreams Journal’ and other autobiographical installations. Strange, dark and absurd, Gürsev takes a nostalgic and playful look at his childhood fears and loves, with a hint of wonder and a bit of pathos.
A. Rosemary Watson is a fine artist based in the outskirts of Sheffield close to the border of the Peak District National Park. Her practice includes drawing, painting, photography, artists books, and video encompassing chance intuition and spontaneity. She’s been a tutor in adult art education for over 30 years (drawing / painting / life drawing and painting / printmaking).
Watson’s work is concerned with notions of memory, exploring her personal response to and forming a record of the constantly shifting and multi-layered nature of memory, which blends and blurs over time into a personalised version of history. It is a process that is continually explored, developed and refined as the memories themselves constantly reshape and reform, assuming greater or lesser significance in which the memory-image has been reduced over time to an abstraction of line and space, and emerges through the play of light falling across a blind embossed print.
Recent prints, artists books, and 3-dimensional forms are from an ongoing open-ended print-based project within a larger body of work, which explores and questions the traditions and conventions of prints and their display whilst researching the inter-relationship between the 2-dimensional printed image, the book format and the sculptural form, by hand-cutting and folding 2-dimensional prints to create artists books and 3-dimensional works.
Watson is a founding member and a former exhibitions committee member of Sheffield Printmakers and a committee member of the Sheffield Artists Book Centre.
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