Norman Ackroyd etchings 'Under Norfolk Skies' and John Chipperfield 'Selected Ceramics' Press Release      

At The Old Rectory, Brockdish, Norfolk

For the fourth year, a contemporary art exhibition forms part of a summer weekend festival (The Brockdish Open Gardens) in a quiet Norfolk village. The exhibition will be open over the weekend of 9 and 10 June - 12 noon to 5 pm - and by appointment until 16 June. All profits from the exhibition go to the local church - a classic 14th century rural church, with an impressive Victorian gothic interior - and the local Village Hall Fund.

The exhibition comprises the work of two artists - the monochrome etchings of Norman Ackroyd, and the exuberant ceramics and glass of John Chipperfield.

Norman Ackroyd has built his reputation as a printmaker - and was made a Royal Academician for this in 1991. The main body of 'Under Norfolk Skies' are Ackroyd's aquatints of the North Norfolk coastline, wild and timeless images where land and sea seem almost indistinguishable. These are complemented by other 'farther' landscapes of the Lake District, Scotland and the Irish coastline.

John Chipperfield has made and taught ceramics for forty years. While his forms are contemporary, they are rooted in the ceramics of the past - particularly of the Minoan cultures. He comments that 'the asymmetric nature of jug forms creates a strong sense of direction which encourages a dynamic surface embellishment.'

Norman Ackroyd
'Moored Man' including the etching 'Overy Marshes', 2006
Norman Ackroyd
Evening Snow, Coniston, 1999
Norman Ackroyd
Cartmel in Winter, 2005
Norman Ackroyd
Brancaster Sunset, 2005
Norman Ackroyd
Holkham Beach at Sunset, 2005
Norman Ackroyd
Holkham, 2005
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