This week, on 24th April, a new exhibition opens at the Bethlem Gallery. Peter Harry Lewis White’s Gods, Devils and Dreams will run until 17 May 2013, featuring large-scale paintings and detailed pencil drawings. His work depicts visions and dreamscapes that take the viewer on a journey into abstracted landscapes, figures and happenings. “My exhibition reflects my experiences and my creations. There are some windows into my memory and mind, but the rest is just colour and form.”
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm. (Gallery also open Saturday 11th May, 11am – 5pm)
In other Bethlem Gallery news …
In May 2013, Bethlem Gallery artist Imma Maddox will display her ikons in St Giles Church, Camberwell (Church Street, SE5), painted using traditional methods dating back to Roman times. ‘Icon’ simply means ‘image’, but has often been associated with religious paintings of a particular style. The distinctive panels are prepared using animal glue and whiting, and painted with egg tempera. It is this egg that gives the colours the warm, soft glow of the ikon. The colours can remain fresh and vivid for centuries, unlike oil paintings which crack and flake. Imma has been painting ikons for about fifteen years, and her first piece was the ikon of St Michael, which hangs on the organ case at St Giles. She paints cats and people, hands and birds, using these images to offer up a prayer for creation.
The ikons can be viewed at weekly services, and also at a series of concerts taking place in the church in May.
Image: Reversible Owl, Peter White