Art Eye curates a scheme of artworks for the Sail Loft

03 May 2016

The Sail Loft enjoys magnificent vistas from every direction; it's art reflects not only the character of the place but also the unique quality and strength of the creative, independent community which surrounds it. For the Sail Loft refurbishment project, a very special selection of talented artists have been brought together by Art Eye, in order to create a unique art-filled experience for this beautifully-designed space.

The eye-catching art works on the Sail Loft’s granite walls have been carefully chosen, commissioned and placed; not only to enhance the atmosphere of the interiors and design details, but also to create part of James & Mary’s own collection. 

The majority of the artists involved in this scheme are core members of the Art Eye ‘team’; a vibrant collective of painters, sculptors, printmakers and designer-makers, brought together by Cornwall-based artist-curator Jen Larkin, and now incorporating a steadily expanding network of talent, across the UK. For this project, the shortlisted artists provided samples of work to be put forward for consideration during the earliest stages of the design process - the styles, forms and colours feeding into certain elements of the scheme from the very start - with several original pieces being specially commissioned by Art Eye, in response to detailed discussions and site visits. 

The scheme also incorporates a photographic print by Tony Latimer, a well-loved art work from the Estate Office (given to James & Mary by the artist) which has been expertly re-framed by Eat Art, and carefully curated into the new design. These pieces add extra layers of meaning and memory, we hope giving a sense of place and history for the owners, staff and visitors alike. 

Three new artists are represented in the Sail Loft. They are Julia Cooper (Original oil paintings Penberth and Cornwall); James Eddy (Fish Shoal sculpture in aluminium, copper wire, and gold leaf); and Joe Morris (Tadelakt plaster carvings, Substrata, Gwavas, and Against the Sky)

Julia Cooper creates engaging, semi-abstract paintings using oils and mixed media. Canvas or board surfaces are loaded with colour and form, then scored, scraped back or obliterated; and, from this point, the image is tentatively rediscovered. Julia has worked with the National Trust in Cornwall as Interior Designer on their holiday cottage refurbishment programme, whilst also creating beautiful art for the walls. She also sails the coastlines of Cornwall and observes the beautiful textures of the rocks, alongside the ever-changing colour and character of the sea.

James Eddy is an acclaimed artist from Cornwall, who exhibits and works internationally. He has created large-scale sculptures for Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Thailand, for Cornwall’s world- renowned Eden Project, and he was also resident artist at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, in 2011. James is a founder member of the Ankemmyn Collective; showcasing in one of Europe’s largest and most successful Celtic festivals, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Brittany. 

Joe Morris is a North Cornwall-based artist, working with ‘Tadelakt’ - a centuries-old form of lime plaster - to create compelling contemporary art. Tadelakt originates from Morocco and is traditionally used as a wall covering; yet Joe has developed an innovative technique of capturing his art within the material process - from powder, to fluid, to ‘stone’ - in order to create a subtle and enigmatic compositions. 

Written by Art Eye

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Come and visit us soon to view the beautiful artworks and sample the divine food that is served at the Sail Loft.