Two very different modern British artists showing together for the first time.
Dozing does, blinking owls, princely penguins, foxy foxes, dancing dogs, munching cows ... just some of the charming and humorous animals chosen by Oliver Canti in this highly individual collection of pictures. Full of imagination and wit, Oliver shows an acute observation of birds and animals at their most appealing. Hares dancing on the hillside, rabbits sleeping in a quiet corner, penguins sliding on the ice - Oliver Canti's imagination is ceaseless. Set against their natural landscape - a shady wood, a forest pool, dappled sunlight piercing through the darkness of the trees - the animals are at home in their surroundings. Painting in oil pastel, Oliver Canti's compositions are strikingly bold and full of humour and vitality. Rich textures and lively strokes give a depth of shading and contrast which is so characteristic of this medium. This sense of drama and the absurd draws collectors from afar who are looking for the unusual.
The pattern of the landscape, the rhythm of the sea, and the changing sky inspire Mary Pym to paint the British countryside and coastal areas. The surface shapes and textures are broken down to create balanced compositions that often verge on the abstract. Striking shafts of strong colour give an unpredictable element to Mary's paintings rising above this harmony of shape and tone. Out of these harmonious landscapes can be seen a tiny house, a horse grazing in the distance or a small boat, giving a figurative component to her compositions. Sometimes lonely, but always compelling, Mary continues to be drawn to the areas of Dungeness, Dorset and South West Ireland.