PAINT & FORM – a look at the exhibition

Paint & Form, the first event to take place at Elmslie House since the start of lockdown, is now in full swing and proving to be a great success. During the first few days of the exhibition, over 150 visitors have been to see the works of art by local artists, Antony Bridge and Ed Elliott.

I went to see the exhibition on Monday and absolutely loved it. The light and airy hall at Elmslie is the perfect place to show Antony and Ed’s colourful, inspiring and often thought-provoking work at its best.

Both Antony and Ed’s work is selling well and buyers have been travelling from all over the country to choose new work for their collections. All of us in the Elmslie team have our favourite pieces in the exhibition and some of us might even have bought something to take home with us!

Ed’s sculptures have the ability to stop you in your tracks; to make you look more closely, from all angles. The texture and grain in Ed’s pieces make his work very tactile. I’m sure I’m not the only one who really wanted to run my hand along the grain of some of his larger sculptures! There are a few real treats on show, including a few that Ed has been developing for a number of years for an exciting project. I can’t show you any of them here…you’ll have to go and see them for yourself.

Alongside his larger, signature paintings (above), Antony is showing a collection of watercolour paintings. Foxgloves on the Malvern Hills, views across Peachfield Common, the iconic Brays building and views of the National Trust’s Croome, where Antony is Artist-in-Residence, are among the subjects that he has captured.

Antony and Ed’s work complement each other amazingly well and the hall at Elmslie is the perfect setting for this inspiring exhibition. I thoroughly recommend going to Elmslie to see this exhibition, but don’t leave it too long to go as it closes at 4pm on Bank Holliday Monday (31st August).

Paint & Form is open every day, 11am-4pm, until Monday 31st August.

Written by Katie, who is part of the Elmslie House team.