Embrace the work of Garth at Peterborough Art Gallery

Local artist Garth Bayley painting the Guildhall during an art event on Cathedral Square. Photo: Joe Dent
Local artist Garth Bayley painting the Guildhall during an art event on Cathedral Square. Photo: Joe Dent
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Garth Bayley is an exciting artist who can work in all mediums from canvas to 3D. He has exhibited in a number of venues and has work in collections in the UK, South Africa, U.S.A, Namibia and the Netherlands.

He is also on the committee for The Peterborough Open Art Studios and artist in residence for St John’s Church.

Garth Bayley exhibition

Garth Bayley exhibition

His exhibition In His Embrace is open until June 29 at Peterborough Art Gallery.

Garth enjoys exploring all modes of creating visual work but his main love is using oils, with his richness of the colours and the consistency he can achieve by layering the paint with a combination of brush and palette knife, all of this resulting in a rich texture.

His use of colour and light is influenced by his African heritage in relation to vibrancy and spatial elements.

For this exhibition he has fine-tuned his techniques to reflect upon St John’s Church, he has responded to the community that uses the church, that are directly around it within the city and also its standing in a wider faith.

The work in this show is a mixture of his recordings of the people and the vibrant life of the church, the exploration of significant issues that are affecting the church today and also his own reflections on the building itself, its architecture and heritage.

Be prepared to be drawn into a fascinating building that has recently become an even more loved and open place that has a myriad of stories to tell and to enchant.

He works loosely with bold colours showing form and movement. His subjects are diverse ranging from sport and dance to abstracted landscape. The landscapes are drawn, informed by emotions, when visiting a site and often include derelict buildings or left over manmade debris.

He uses personal experiences to create beautifully expressive canvases evoking both emotional and physical sensuality. The overriding theme is reinterpreting and allowing captured glimpses into his everyday experiences.

Garth draws inspiration from images in the media, life drawing and his own photography.